The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. Residents are reminded of the importance of reducing all contact with others as much as possible and staying home except for essential outings to help stop the community spread of the deadly virus.
As of this afternoon, there are 3,546 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. Cases include 3,212 confirmed cases and 334 probable cases. There are 241 cases hospitalized, with 95 in intensive care units. In the city, 173 people have died of COVID-19. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform at https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/covid-19-status-of-cases-in-toronto/.
The coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team, made up of staff from Municipal Licensing & Standards, Parks, Forestry & Recreation, Toronto Public Health, Toronto Building, and Toronto Police Service, has been out all weekend ensuring people and businesses across the city are following public health direction and provincial orders. The City received 25 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open in contravention of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Since March 24, Municipal Licensing & Standards and Toronto Public Health have issued 44 tickets and 124 notices to non-essential businesses.
Yesterday, the City received 156 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. Bylaw and police officers issued 28 tickets – bringing the total number of tickets issued since April 3 to 401. Hundreds of vehicles were turned away from Bluffer’s Park, where the parking lot remains closed. A number of people attempted to ignore pylons and closure signs in Palace Pier Park to gather at Sheldon Lookout. Trinity Bellwoods Park remains the most problematic park in the city when it comes to people flaunting regulations in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.
The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services, social supports and economic recovery measures. Check https://www.toronto.ca/covid-19/ for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.
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