The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. Today, Mayor John Tory, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, and Fire Chief and General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management Matthew Pegg provided an update on the City’s measures to combat the resurgence of the virus in Toronto.
There are 29,960 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 338 new cases today. There are 159 people hospitalized. In total, 25,133 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,393 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.
Yesterday, the Province of Ontario released their COVID-19 Response Framework, with Toronto set to enter the framework’s Orange-Restrict category on Saturday, November 14. The new framework significantly amends public health restrictions and conditions for food and drink establishments, sports and recreation, meeting and event spaces, retail and other industries. The City is working to communicate with businesses to help operators implement the new measures safely.
The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team continues to respond to complaints and enforce provincial orders and bylaws across the city, including in bars, restaurants and parks. Yesterday, the City received 15 complaints related to parks use and physical distancing, 24 complaints related to businesses and four complaints related to gatherings on private property. Enforcement teams gave one ticket and five notices to businesses and one tickets related to a gathering on private property.
All people in Toronto should be adopting steps for self-protection. Dr. de Villa recommends individuals only consider leaving their homes for essential activities such as work, education and fresh air and exercise. As much as possible, residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household, keep at least six feet apart from people not in the same household and wear a mask when outside of their homes, especially in indoor settings and when physical distancing is difficult. Residents should wash hands frequently and remain at home when ill.
Toronto Public Health also encourages residents to download the COVID Alert app, which can help to notify individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 in the community.
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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