Toronto Is Shutting Down A School Due To Too Many COVID-19 Virus Variant Cases

The whole school is being advised to get tested.
Staff Writer
Toronto Is Shutting Down A School Due To Too Many COVID-19 Virus Variant Cases

Teachers and students at Donwood Park Public School are being told to stay home temporarily due to too many COVID-19 cases at the Toronto school.

The health agency is also recommending that the entire student and staff population get tested after discovering presumed cases of variants of concern in the school.

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In a statement released on Monday afternoon, TPH confirmed that an outbreak had been declared at the school in Scarborough and that the closure was effective as of Monday.

Six people had tested positive for COVID-19, TPH said, four of whom screened positive for a variant of concern.

"In four of the cases, community exposure is likely," TPH said.

As a result, the entire school has been temporarily closed to allow TPH to conduct an investigation — getting in touch with close contacts — while limiting further spread of the virus.

The Toronto District School Board has notified the school community, according to the TPH, and families are being asked to seek testing.

According to the Ontario government, over 800 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in schools in the province over the past two weeks.

Cormac O'Brien
Staff Writer
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