Ontario launches public web site monitoring variety of COVID-19 circumstances in faculties

Denise Paglinawan, The Canadian Press

Printed Friday, September 11, 2020 2:42PM EDT

Final Up to date Friday, September 11, 2020 5:29PM EDT

TORONTO – Mother and father can now entry information on COVID-19 outbreaks in Ontario faculties and child-care centres by a web site launched by the provincial authorities on Friday.

The province stated the website can be up to date each weekday and embrace a abstract of circumstances, in addition to extra detailed info on the place the numbers come from.

As of Friday morning, the web site confirmed 13 circumstances at faculties in Ontario, together with 4 college students and 9 employees members. All 4 pupil circumstances are at French Catholic faculties in Ottawa.

Premier Doug Ford promised earlier this week that his authorities would report all outbreaks of the novel coronavirus in Ontario faculties.

“I believe it is so necessary we report each single case, as we did with long-term care. We’ll do the identical in class,” Ford stated at a information convention Wednesday.

The transfer got here after opposition New Democrats referred to as on the Progressive Conservative authorities to share particulars of faculty outbreaks throughout the province relatively than leaving disclosures to particular person faculties or boards.

Canada’s chief public well being officer, Theresa Tam, stated Friday that techniques of reporting COVID-19 outbreaks in faculties must also present an in-depth description of the transmission.

The reviews ought to be capable of say whether or not provinces assume the transmission occurred within the college or elsewhere, stated Tam.

She additionally famous that she desires to see the entire image relating to COVID-19 outbreaks in faculties.

“What I want to see is these numbers reported, not simply from faculties with circumstances, but additionally the denominator of what number of faculties are literally doing OK,” she stated.

Beneath Ontario tips, faculties are required to report COVID-19 circumstances to oldsters on-line or with a letter residence.

One of many faculties the place the virus has already surfaced is an elementary college in Oakville, Ont.

The college’s principal, Gail McDonald, stated in a letter to oldsters employees member at Oodenawi Public Faculty examined constructive for COVID-19 simply days earlier than college students returned to class.

The college was knowledgeable of the constructive check on Monday, she added.

McDonald stated the individual was current throughout employees PA Days on the college final week and that no college students had been uncovered to the virus.

Employees who had shut contact with the person have been ordered by public well being officers to self-isolate for 14 days.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Sept. 11, 2020.

This story was produced with the monetary help of the Fb and Canadian Press Information Fellowship.