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Toronto schools had highest positivity rate in asymptomatic COVID-19 testing

Last Updated Feb 22, 2021 at 11:25 am EDT

Personal protection equipment is seen on the teacher's desk in classroom in preparation for the new school year . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Among the regions enrolled in the province’s asymptomatic testing program for schools, Toronto had the highest positivity rate, according to new statistics released by the Ministry of Education.

Toronto’s positivity rate of 1.19 per cent was highest, followed by Peel (1.07) and Ottawa (0.85).

Hamilton and Sudbury saw no new cases identified.

Source: Ministry of Education

“Our government has taken action to deploy asymptomatic testing province-wide, the first program of its kind in Canada, as we recognize its strength as an additional layer of protection in our schools,” Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, said in a release.

“I encourage all students, staff and families to take advantage of this program – which uses the least invasive testing options possible –  when offered for their school community.”

As of Monday at 10:30 a.m., the province says there have been 7,998 total school-related cases of COVID-19 across Ontario. Of those total cases, 5,560 have been students.

Ten schools are currently closed due to outbreaks.