By Staff The Canadian Press

Posted May 29, 2020 1:37 pm

Updated May 29, 2020 1:49 pm

Quebec’s education department says a total of 41 students and teachers have tested positive for COVID-19 since elementary schools outside the Montreal area opened on May 11.

A survey of school boards conducted May 25 found that 19 students and 22 staff members were found to be infected in the first two weeks following the reopening.

The highest numbers of cases were in school boards in the Laurentians and Montérégie regions north and southeast of Montreal, with 10 cases each.

[ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ]

The survey is lacking numbers from 12 of the province’s 72 school boards, which did not provide data to the province.

The province’s director of public health said Thursday that while there have been cases in schools, they have not caused any significant negative impacts.


Story continues below advertisement

Dr. Horacio Arruda says it’s normal to have some cases as society returns to normal,