Webpage launched to track COVID-19 cases in schools, child care centres

Children wearing face masks in school. (File photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo / halfpoint)

The Ontario government has a new webpage dedicated to tracking COVID-19 cases in schools and licensed child care centres.

“We know that this September comes with a new set of challenges,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce, announcing the new initiative along with President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for Ontario Digital Service Peter Bethanfalvy.

The webpage will be updated daily and include a summary of the cases.

So far, 13 cases are reported in Ontario schools in Ottawa, the Greater Toronto Area, and Waterloo. There are no cases reported in Windsor-Essex, London-Middlesex, Sarnia-Lambton, or Chatham-Kent.

Another 56 cases are reported in child care settings, but again, there are no cases in Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton, or London-Middlesex.

A statement from the Ontario government said Premier Doug Ford and his government made a promise to parents they would have access to information regarding schools and child care centres.

“Over the last several weeks, we have been working with the Ministry of Health, the Ontario Digital Service, and public health authorities to ensure a rapid and transparent exchange of local COVID-19 data,” the province said in the statement. “If a COVID-19 case is confirmed at your school — parents deserve to know what we know.”