Toronto schools had highest positivity rate in asymptomatic COVID-19 testing

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Feb 23rd, 2021

Among the regions enrolled in the province’s asymptomatic testing program for schools, Toronto had the highest positivity rate, according to new statistics released by the Ministry of Education.

Toronto’s positivity rate of 1.19 per cent was highest, followed by Peel (1.07) and Ottawa (0.85).

Hamilton and Sudbury saw no new cases identified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Our government has taken action to deploy asymptomatic testing province-wide, the first program of its kind in Canada, as we recognize its strength as an additional layer of protection in our schools,” Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, said in a release.

“I encourage all students, staff and families to take advantage of this program – which uses the least invasive testing options possible –  when offered for their school community.”

As of Monday at 10:30 a.m., the province says there have been 7,998 total school-related cases of COVID-19 across Ontario. Of those total cases, 5,560 have been students.

Ten schools are currently closed due to outbreaks.

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