Quebec government reveals nearly 50 educational institutions struck by COVID-19

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube responds to reporters questions at the end of a cabinet meeting, Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at the legislature in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

MONTREAL - The Quebec government has unveiled a list of nearly 50 educational institutions that have had at least one COVID-19 case in the past week.

The schools listed include preschool, elementary, secondary, as well as adult career centres reporting one or more infections between Aug. 26 and Sept. 3.

Eighteen of those institutions reported a COVID-19 case on Thursday alone.

Health Minister Christian Dube said Friday the numbers need to be put into context, given the thousands of different educational institutions in the province.

He said in general, Quebec's back-to-school plan has been successful.

Dube also mentioned the COVID-19 infections in the list have come as a result of community transmission and not from within the schools.

On Friday, Quebec reported 184 cases of COVID-19 and one new death. It is the second consecutive day where the province has had more than 180 positive cases.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 4, 2020.

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