Toronto Public Health and York Region Public Health are notifying people who attended Miracle Arena for All Nations events about potential exposures to COVID-19.
On Sunday, August 16 several attendees who were contagious with COVID-19 attended events at the church’s two locations at 20 Milvan Drive in Toronto and 10800 Weston Road in the City of Vaughan, the Regional Municipality of York. To date, a total of 15 people from across the GTA have since tested positive for COVID-19 and can be traced back to these events. Anyone who attended these, or other events related to this church, is advised to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms until Friday September 18, as there may be others in the group who were contagious.
The local health units have followed up with all known close contacts of the identified cases, and directed them to self-isolate for 14 days and to go for testing. The church is notifying members of its community about the potential exposures. The church is also working with Toronto Public Health and York Region Public Health to ensure all COVID-19 Stage 3 reopening protocols are in place at their setting, including staff and church attendees wearing masks and practicing physical distancing, maintaining complete contact logs and ensuring all infection prevention and control measures are in place.
Toronto Public Health recommends that anyone who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or has symptoms to visit the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool for further direction. There is no need to self-isolate, and people can continue with their routine daily activities if they remain healthy and do not develop symptoms. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, please contact Toronto Public Health or York Region Public Health depending on where you live, seek COVID-19 testing and immediately self-isolate. Please wear a mask when going for testing.
COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets when a person who is infected with the virus coughs, talks or sneezes. It can also be spread when a healthy person touches an object or surface (e.g. a doorknob or a table) with the virus on it, and then touches their mouth, nose or eyes before washing their hands. Most people who get COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people can get very sick and may need to seek medical care at a hospital. The symptoms of COVID-19 may include loss of smell, fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, cough, malaise, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
As COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community, residents are reminded to continue following public health advice to wash hands often, practise physical distancing, stay within their social bubble of no more than 10 people, wear a mask in indoor settings, or when physical distance cannot be maintained and remain at home when ill.
The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services, social supports and economic recovery measures. Check the City’s COVID-19 web page for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline at 416-338-7600 or 311.
For more information on York Region’s response to COVID-19, visit york.ca/covid19.
The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 54,000 businesses with 650,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices.
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