Toronto Public Health

Coronavirus: Peel Region clarifies student isolation policy following online backlash

Coronavirus: Peel Region clarifies student isolation policy following online backlash

Peel Region Public Health is in damage control mode after fierce backlash erupted online over a policy regarding the self-isolation of asymptomatic students after a cohort was sent home. Children in several school districts that have recently returned to in-school learning have been separated into student cohorts, grouping both students and teachers together. When there is a viral exposure, the entire cohort is dismissed from school and everyone must self-isolate for a 14-day period whether they have symptoms or not. The lack of clarity on a flyer that was sent home to parents, which suggested children must be isolated […]

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How a Toronto neighbourhood called a coronavirus hotspot is pushing back against COVID-19

How a Toronto neighbourhood called a coronavirus hotspot is pushing back against COVID-19

The Thorncliffe Park community says it’s pushing back against COVID-19 and the “unfair” designation that they’re a coronavirus hotspot, after three schools were forced to temporarily shut down due to an outbreak. “We are worried and anxious,” said Ahmed Hussein with community group The Neighbourhood Organization. “We are worried people will think we are irresponsible, we are not taking precautions that need to be taken — but I can guarantee you, the community is working very hard to take every precaution and follow all the public health guidelines.” Read more: 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at an elementary school in East York […]

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