Toronto public schools to close Wednesday, classes moving online

Lula Sharp
April 7, 2021

In the Thompson-Cariboo region of Interior Health, variant cases are less prevalent, but Medical Health Officer Dr. Carol Fenton says they could easily spread here as well.

The Premier is also pleading with people to stay home but is still holding back on enacting a stay-at-home order.

On April 4, the medical officers of health for Toronto, Peel (Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon) and Ottawa asked Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, to recommend more stringent public health measures amid a rise in COVID-19 cases and ICU admissions.

On Monday, Peel Public Health was the latest health unit to use its authority to close its schools to in-person learning.

He said the government will be "very clear tomorrow".

In a Twitter thread, Etches said she is "in the process of reviewing the COVID data in schools to advise on an approach to take for schools in Ottawa". Dix said. "But, we're seeing more cases of serious illness, where people see themselves in critical care and need assistance with breathing and so on".

Since we last reported, we have had 579 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 986 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 100 in the Island Health region, 129 in the Interior Health region, 95 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada. Under provincial guidelines, a COVID-19 outbreak in a school is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation and before or after school care).

All of Ontario was put into a Grey-Lockdown on the weekend, an "Emergency Brake" as Premier Ford called it last Thursday.

COVID-19 vaccinations launches Tuesday
New Jersey has administered 4.9 million doses, enough to cover 28% of its population, according to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker. A telephone option is also available and people can register in person at their nearest Service BC location.


"While teacher unions continue to stoke fear, here are facts that are not up for debate."
She's hopeful to have more information "very soon".

Gatherings are a major source of transmission in the province, she said.

She said the numbers in schools have been trending upward for the past two weeks. "While the implementation of additional province-wide public health measures is welcome, stronger measures will be required to reverse the surge our health units (among others) now face".

To date, over 770,000 eligible British Columbians have received their first dose of vaccine, and more than 87,000 have received their second dose.

Ontario is also moving into a second phase of its vaccination campaign, which includes inoculating essential workers who can not work from home, people with high-risk health conditions and communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus.

An online petition calling on the government to vaccinate teachers and support staff in Ontario had garnered around 65,000 signatures by Tuesday afternoon.

The cumulative number of school-related cases in Ontario stands at 13,498 according to the latest figures available from the province.

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