Ontario will publicly report faculty outbreaks: Ford

TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford says his authorities will publicly report all instances of COVID-19 within the province’s faculties.

Ford says he believes dad and mom ought to know the place faculty outbreaks are occuring however it would take time to report.

Underneath present provincial pointers, faculties are required to report COVID-19 instances to folks on-line or with a letter residence.

Ford says the province will report faculty figures a lot because it shares case numbers within the province’s long-term care properties.

He didn’t say when the province will start reporting the information, noting faculties have simply began reopening this week.

Opposition New Democrats have referred to as on the federal government to share particulars of faculty outbreaks throughout the province reasonably than leaving disclosures to particular person faculties or boards.

The virus has already surfaced at one elementary faculty in Oakville, Ont., based on the college’s principal.

Gail McDonald mentioned in a letter to folks workers 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 mentioned the person was current throughout workers PA Days on the faculty 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 to self-isolate for 14 days.

The principal mentioned the college underwent enhanced cleansing forward of its reopening on Tuesday.

Underneath provincial pointers, all faculties are required to reveal COVID-19 instances to folks whereas defending private privateness.

In the meantime, Ontario reported 149 new instances of COVID-19 on Wednesday, however no new deaths associated to the virus.

There have been additionally 136 instances newly marked as resolved over the previous 24 hours.

The full variety of instances in Ontario now stands at 43,685, which incorporates 2,813 deaths and 39,332 instances marked as resolved.

Well being Minister Christine Elliott mentioned 28 of the province’s 34 public well being models are reporting 5 or fewer new instances.

She mentioned Toronto is reporting 50 new instances, Peel is reporting 41, and Ottawa has 16 new instances.

This text by The Canadian Press was first printed Sept. 9, 2020.