COVID-19 outbreaks force two York Region schools to close
BARRIE, ONT. -- Two schools in the York Catholic District School Board are temporarily closed because of COVID-19 concerns.
Students at Holy Name Catholic Elementary School in King City and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in Woodbridge have moved to online learning after health officials confirmed COVID-19 transference between students.
There are five confirmed cases and one possible case at Holy Name, and eight cases at Our Lady of Fatima.
The school board says the schools will be closed until Oct. 26.
For a complete list of schools across the region with confirmed COVID-19 cases, click here.
Public health officials are suggesting people in York Region to move forward with caution as COVID-19 cases surge.
"Our average daily case count is now 66, and so that has gone up from week-to-week," said an associate medical officer of health, Dr. Fareen Karachiwalla.
The upward creep in the number of hospitalizations has Karachiwalla concerned. "Not to the same degree as it was in wave one," she said. "But it is trending up, so all very concerning from our point of view."
Premier Doug Ford said Queen's Park is keeping watch on York Region after the province shifted Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa back to Stage 2 as cases rose in those areas.
"York's teetering," the premier said. "We're keeping a very close eye on York right now. It's concerning."
With files from The Canadian Press and CTV's Siobhan Morris