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Quebec reports 70 schools now have COVID-19 cases

Quebec reports 70 schools now have COVID-19 cases
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There are only two schools listed in the Montreal region

An updated list on the Quebec government website shows a significant increase in the number of schools that have recorded at least one Covid-19 case since reopening.

The first public tally published on Friday listed 47 schools that reported cases among employees and students. The new total, which was made public this morning, brings the number up to 70 schools.

Quebec decided to release a list of schools with COVID-19 cases following criticism from parents who said they deserve to know which schools have been affected. "Transparency and the free flow of information are paramount," Education Minister Jean-François Roberge said in a news conference last week.

While 70 may seem like a lot, it doesn’t compare to the list put together by Olivier Drouin, a Montreal father who started a new crowd-sourced website meant to track school COVID-19 cases across the province. According to Drouin, there are in fact, 80 schools that have recorded at least one case over the past two weeks.

You can find the list from the Quebec government here and the list from Drouin can be found here.

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Earlier today, Quebec also reported there have been 163 new coronavirus cases confirmed in the province over the past 24 hours. This comes after announcing consecutive days of over 200 coronavirus cases over the weekend.

According to Santé Quebec, the province’s coronavirus death toll has remained 5,770 and zero new COVID-19-related deaths being announced since Monday morning.

There are now 63,876 reported cases in the province, 105 hospitalizations, and 15 patients in the ICU.

 

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