News Release
April 28, 2020

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.

As of this afternoon, there are 5,128 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. Cases include 4,647 confirmed cases and 481 probable cases. There are 319 cases hospitalized, with 109 in intensive care units. We continue to see COVID-19 deaths; to date, 305 people in Toronto have died from COVID-19. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform at

The City’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been mobilized for 49 days in response to COVID-19. The EOC remains at a level three activation, with operations continuing seven days per week to ensure critical services continue to be provided without interruption. Chief Pegg noted that, while the response is still very much underway, EOC staff are connecting proactively with the new Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild to start work on a well-coordinated transition to recovery.

Enforcement of the City’s physical distancing bylaw and the Province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders is ongoing. Yesterday, the City received 441 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. Bylaw and police officers issued 16 tickets – bringing the total number of tickets issued since April 3 to 555. Bylaw and police officers have spoken to more almost 12,000 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

The City also received 41 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open. Since March 24, Municipal Licensing & Standards and Toronto Public Health have issued 76 tickets and 159 notices to non-essential businesses.

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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