CROMBIE HOPEFUL MISSISSAUGA CAN ENTER RED ZONE MARCH 9TH, WHILE COVID VARIANTS TURN UP IN 8 TORONTO SCHOOLS

Feb 25, 2021

By Jane Brown

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Mississauga’s mayor says all going well, she wants her city to reopen in the red control zone when the stay at home order expires March 8th.

Bonnie Crombie is hopeful it won’t be necessary to move to the grey zone first, and explained why during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

“Part of the rationale for staying in lockdown is that students in Peel just went back to in-class learning last Wednesday, and of course it takes seven to fourteen days to see any of the real impact the school reopening might have on rates of transmission,” Crombie detailed, “I’m very hopeful that our overall case counts will continue to decrease over the coming weeks.”

In Toronto, we’ve learned from Toronto Public Health that eight schools in the city have at least one COVID-19 case which has screened positive for a variant of the virus.

A news release says the affected individuals in each of the schools have been sent home, adding TPH staff has followed up with close contacts and recommended them to be tested.

The eight schools impacted include Beverley School, Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute, Yeshiva Yesodei Hatorah, Gulfstream Public School, The Toronto Cheder, Helen Catholic School, Dante Alighieri Academy, and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School.

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said Wednesday afternoon she expects Toronto will start to see more cases of the more contagious variants circulating in schools, based on what’s happening in the community.

Dr. de Villa also says that moving forward, Toronto Public Health will treat all COVID-19 cases that arise in schools as variant cases unless proven otherwise.

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