Mayor John Tory, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, and Fire Chief and General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management Matthew Pegg today provided an update on the City’s continuing response to COVID-19.
There are 11,338 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 164 cases since yesterday. There are 379 people hospitalized, with 83 in ICU. In total, 8,630 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 184 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 828 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.
Residents are encouraged to head outside in their local neighbourhood for fresh air and exercise to support physical and mental well-being, but are reminded that physical distancing requirements remain in effect. People who are not from the same household must maintain a physical distance of two metres in a park or public square.
The COVID-19 enforcement team is continuing to respond to complaints and proactively patrolling parks and other public spaces, in an effort to ensure public understanding of the need to limit social interactions. Officers are out educating residents on the City’s physical distancing bylaw and provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders, only issuing tickets in circumstances where education efforts have failed.
Yesterday, the City received 94 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued eight tickets for physical distancing. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 7,200 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.
The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services, social supports and economic recovery measures. Check toronto.ca/covid-19 for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.
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