Today, Ontario reported 627 new COVID-19 cases and one new death and one of the biggest vectors for the diseases seems to be public schools.
Out of those 627 new cases reported today, 112 of those cases are school-related. Last week only 86 of the daily reported cases were school-related.
This makes the number of known active cases of COVID-19 related to schools to a surprisingly large 1,265 with nine schools now being closed due to outbreaks.
All this comes as the Toronto District School Board’s new vaccine policy has come into effect.
In an email sent to parents, it was revealed that 330 staff members have been placed on “non-disciplinary administrative leave without pay” for not disclosing their vaccination status.
The TDSB has also given out 290 special exceptions to its new policy, mostly for staff that work as special needs assistants, designated early childhood educators, and lunchroom supervisors.
Those who benefit from this exemption will be required to take a rapid antigen test three times a week.
Do you think that Ontario should crack down more on school-related infections?