News Release
August 19, 2020

The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. Today, Mayor Tory provided an update on the City’s recovery and rebuild progress.

There are 15,668 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 24 since yesterday. There are 49 people hospitalized. In total, 14,230 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 30 since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,164 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto – with no deaths since yesterday. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

The age distribution of reported COVID-19 cases continues to shift to younger age groups. In the most recent two weeks, the average age of positive cases was 39 years old, compared to 52 years overall for the entire outbreak. While younger cases have not been made severely ill by COVID-19 and are less likely to be hospitalized, they can still transmit the virus to others, especially to vulnerable groups. In Toronto, many young people live with multi-generational families and make up a large part of our service-based workforce.

As COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community, residents are urged to continue adhering to Toronto Public Health’s advice to practise physical distancing, stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people, wash hands often and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distance cannot be maintained. Wearing a mask or face covering is required in indoor public spaces in Toronto.

Provincial orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect. Yesterday, the City received 28 complaints related to parks use and physical distancing. Officers have cautioned more than 3,100 people this month about physical distancing, alcohol, bonfires and littering bylaws. This month, enforcement officers have issued 30 tickets related to liquor, open fires and social distancing.

As more of the city’s businesses continue to reopen, residents can learn about what to expect and what is required as Toronto moves into the new normal and they begin to visit more establishments and take part in more activities at Safe reopening guidelines for businesses and organizations are also available at

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services, social supports and economic recovery measures. Check for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.

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