Peel Region medical officer of health to close schools for two weeks

Daniel Fowler
April 6, 2021

More than a quarter of the 4,828 schools in the province have an active case.

"The spread of COVID-19 has never been greater in Toronto, with variants of concern increasing both the risk of transmission and the risk of serious illness or death", said the City in a news release. Peel Public Health said it saw a jump in cases and the community spread of variants late last week and through the weekend.

Peel's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh made the decision alone, despite the government's previous announcement that schools would stay open during the four week provincial shut down.

As of April 1, 63 Ontario schools were closed due to COVID-19, with 1,240 schools now reporting at least one case.

Peel Public Health has issued a Section 22 order, under the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act, to close all schools in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga for two weeks effective 12:01 a.m. on April 6, 2021 and move to remote learning only.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) announced the opening of another vaccine clinic on Monday but did not say it would follow in Peel's footsteps.

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Schools in Peel will be closed for two weeks. Students at the schools in the two boards will shift to remote learning.

Ontario reported 236 new, school-related COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, including 207 in students.

He says the schools will move to online learning only and will remain closed until April 18.

De Villa called the rising COVID-19 case rates in the city "horrific".

"The health and safety of students and staff remains a priority for TPH". They won't be back in class until April 18.

'Each COVID-19 case in a school requires a careful investigation to determine the potential risk to other individuals in that setting, and based on the findings of the investigation, decisions are then made on how best to protect the staff and students in the school, including dismissing some cohorts or all cohorts, ' says Dr. Vinita Dubey, associate medical officer of health for Toronto Public Health.

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