Ontario reports 74 new coronavirus cases in public schools; smallest jump since start of 2021 school year

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Ontario reported 74 cases of COVID-19 linked to public school staff and students on Friday, the smallest one-day increase in cases since the first week of the 2021 school year.

The Education Department says 68 of the cases revealed on October 29 involved students and six other school staff.

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It’s the smallest daily increase in coronavirus cases detected since September 10, long before many GTA school boards started.

There are now 515 of the 4,844 publicly funded schools in the county dealing with at least one active case of the virus and three schools are closed.

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One closed school is located in Lucan, Ontario, while another is located in Azilda, Ontario, near Sudbury.

There are now 973 known active cases of COVID-19 in Ontario linked to schools, which represents about 31 percent of all known active cases in the province.

Including 136 known active cases associated with child care centers, this share increases to 35 percent.

Public schools in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton District (GTHA) continue to account for more than half of all school-related COVID-19 cases in the district.

On Monday, a number of school board data by CP24 found at least 495 active cases of COVID-19, with at least 104 groups isolated at home due to exposure.

Active cases in GTHA schools have fallen by 20 percent in the past two weeks

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