Province Confirms 745 New Cases of COVID-19 This Morning

Henrietta Brewer
February 4, 2021

In Peel, Toronto and York, before and after school care resumes February 16 while the last day for emergency care for eligible front-line workers is February 12.

In addition to prioritizing the vaccination of First Nations elder care home residents, Ontario continues to implement its vaccination plan for northern, remote First Nations communities.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says parents need to know if schools will reopen for in-person learning so they have time to prepare.

"If things change we won't hesitate to change course", he said. "That is why we are going to monitor the trends and continue to be in close contact with the local medical officers of health to ensure we deliver on the number one priority of our government, which is keeping schools safe".

The provincial government isn't doing widespread asymptomatic testing, but targeted voluntary testing when requested.

The province has previously said that schools in five COVID-19 hot spots as well as several other regions would reopen for in-person learning by February 10.

The cumulative average incidence rate in the province is 1,830.5 cases per 100,000 people in Ontario.

Ontario says it's introducing new measures to continue to protect students and staff against COVID-19 in the classroom, including, but not limited to province-wide access, in consultation with the local PHU, to targeted asymptomatic testing for students and staff, as well as mandatory masking requirement for students in Grades 1-3 and masking requirement for Grades 1-12 outdoors where physical distancing can not be maintained.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 272,097 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 248,981 recoveries and 6,305 deaths, of which 3,647 were individuals living in long-term care homes.

Bogoch said having adequate testing and tracing capacity will be very important to prevent transmission within schools.

"We have a lot of friends and kids who are in therapy now who weren't before", she says.

The province has not said how long it will take to reach those numbers. She says being away from the school is taking a noticeable toll on children, with some in her community developing anxiety problems and regressing academically and emotionally.

On Monday, around 280,000 students returned to class across various PHUs, including the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, Middlesex-London Health Unit, Southwestern Public Health, and Ottawa Public Health.

Officials have included a section for confirmed variant cases and have listed 106 United Kingdom variant (B.1.1.7) cases and one South African variant (B.1.351) detected so far in the province.

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