Toronto Public Health (TPH) is currently working with schools in Toronto in which at least one individual linked to the school has screened positive for a COVID-19 variant of concern (VOC). To date eight local schools have at least one case linked to a screened positive or probable VOC.
The schools impacted are the following:
The affected individuals and cohorts have been dismissed from school with guidance based on their level of risk. TPH has followed up with close contacts in affected class cohorts and has recommended testing.
The following actions currently in place in schools are aimed at keeping schools as safe as possible in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and VOCs:
COVID-19 VOCs are known to be spreading in the city, and the province. VOCs are believed to be more transmissible. This increases the risk that the virus will spread between people. Faster and wider spread of the virus makes it more likely that more people will get sick, which can increase strain on the health care system. Recently TPH has seen an increase in VOCs. TPH is releasing this information in an effort to ensure the public remains vigilant in efforts to help stop the spread and as part of the TPH’s response to COVID-19.
The health and well-being of students, staff, and the community remains Toronto Public Health’s highest priority.
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