Where are there cases of COVID-19 in schools? Check out this map

Story by CBC Kids News • 2020-12-15 16:29
Update: This story was originally posted on Oct. 2 and was last updated on Dec 15.

Some schools will move to remote learning after winter break

As schools across the country head into winter break next week, COVID-19 cases continue to rise in many parts of Canada.

For the most part, the provinces with the biggest populations have the most school-related cases: Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.

All the Atlantic provinces have now had at least one case of COVID-19 in schools since the beginning of the school year.

Nova Scotia has reported seven active school-related cases in the past 14 days and the province announced it would extend its holiday break with classes restarting in-person on Jan. 11.

In Alberta, grades seven to 12 moved to remote learning starting on Nov. 30. After the winter break, all public schools in the province will move to at-home learning until Jan. 11.

Quebec is shifting to online learning from Dec. 17 to Dec. 22. Following the winter break, classes will remain online until Jan. 11.

Most schools in Nunavut are open to in-person learning but some schools are doing at-home learning because there are still COVID-19 cases in their communities.

Currently, Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories have no reported COVID-19 cases.

CBC Kids News is updating this map regularly, as information becomes available from each province. Provinces in red have reported active school-related cases.

There are exceptions to this map. Scroll down to understand more.

What do school-related active cases mean?

A school-related case means a student, teacher or staff member was sick with COVID-19 while at school and may have exposed other people at the school to the virus.

In most cases, a case is considered "active" for 14 days from the day the diagnosis is reported.  

What do the numbers mean?

Each province shares information about confirmed cases differently. In some cases the government shares the numbers of active-school related cases, in other cases we have counted up the number of individual declared cases in schools from the past 14 days.

CBC Kids News has compiled the information for our map to illustrate cases of COVID-19:

To keep COVID-19 from spreading in schools, students are following rigorous rules, like staying two metres apart. (Image credit: Carlos Osorio/Reuters)

There are a few exceptions

Ontario isn’t supplying numbers on private schools, so there could be more cases, but we don’t know how many.

Some provinces have cases but aren’t reporting the exact number.

Saskatchewan and Quebec are a few days behind on reporting their numbers which is why their numbers are as of Dec. 12 and Dec. 11.

We will update our map periodically with the latest numbers, based on the information provided.

A student shares hand sanitizer with his friends near his high school in Surrey, B.C. (Image credit: Maggie MacPherson/CBC)  

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