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Toronto's top doc aims to ease parents concerns ahead of back-to-school

Last Updated Sep 9, 2020 at 5:15 pm EDT

Toronto's medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa speaks to the media at city hall in Toronto, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. De Villa wants the Ontario government to stop letting students skip their vaccines on philosophical or religious grounds.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Toronto Catholic and Public School students return to class next week and many of them or their parents are nervous.

Speaking today, doctor Eileen de Villa addressed some of these concerns, saying that just because a child contracts COVID-19, it doesn’t mean it will lead to widespread infection.

“I truly wish I could say that there won’t be cases, that there won’t be any cases of COVID-19 in our schools. But we know there will be,” de Villa said.

“Everyone, everyone in our community must do their part to help limit the number of cases.”

She says letters are going home to all parents and guardians explaining the protections in place across Toronto’s schools.

“Over the summer, my team worked with local schools to help them plan re-opening. These plans include things we learn from other places, with schools already back. We have examples to follow about what works, and what doesn’t.”

De Villa is also calling on everyone to keep doing their part to prevent the spread including wearing a mask, washing your hands and maintaining physical distance from others.

On Wednesday, Brock University highlighted details from a study they conducted with children. It finds that while kids are excited to return to class and see their friends, many of them are concerned about contracting COVID-19 and bringing it home to their families.

Toronto is reporting 50 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday after 48 new infections were confirmed on Tuesday.

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