Asymptomatic testing of area schools finds no new COVID cases

Asymptomatic testing offered at 11 schools; 259 tests run, zero positives

With nearly 260 tests run on asymptomatic students and staff at eleven schools in Simcoe-Muskoka, there hasn’t been a single COVID-19 case reported.

The Province of Ontario has reported the results of the weeks’ worth of testing at school boards across the province, and while regions like Toronto and Peel are seeing cases cropping up among educators and students, that’s not the case locally.

In the last seven days, five Simcoe County District School Board schools were invited to participate in asymptomatic testing. There were 168 tests run and absolutely no positive results stemming from them. It was the same story at the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, where six of its schools were asked to participate in testing; there were 91 tests run with no positive results.

A Catholic Board spokesperson says the education ministry-led initiative is humming right along. “The program is running smoothly and seems to be fairly well-received by our families. We continue to encourage our students and staff to participate in the clinics when they are made available in their community – it is a voluntary program and it is only as successful as the number of people participating,” reads the statement provided to Barrie 360. “This testing is one more tool public health can use, which is important especially now that the variants of concern are becoming more pervasive in our communities.”

Over the last week, Toronto Region had asymptomatic testing offered at 133 of its schools, with 18 new cases identified as a result. To date, there have been 55 cases as a result of asymptomatic testing in Toronto. Peel Region’s District School Board offered testing at 63 schools in the last seven days, there were four cases identified, while Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board has seen seven positive tests come back in the last seven days.