News Release
September 30, 2021

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is investigating potential COVID-19 exposures at Elections Canada polling stations held at 975 Kingston Rd. and Presteign Heights Elementary School at 2570 St Clair Ave. E. While the risk to the public remains low, TPH is advising everyone who attended these settings to self-monitor and seek immediate testing if they develop COVID-19 symptoms. This applies to the public and staff, including those who are fully vaccinated.

The public may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the following setting and time:

  • Date: September 20, from 9:30 a.m. until all voting and counting was completed at that location

         Location: Presteign Heights Elementary School, 2570 St Clair Ave E.

As a precaution, TPH is advising anyone who attended this station to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after their last visit during the listed time period. If symptoms develop, please seek testing and self-isolate. TPH has followed up with all known high-risk close contacts and asked these individuals to monitor their symptoms and go for testing. There is no known risk to anyone who attended these polling stations outside of these dates and times.

Elections Canada has also notified TPH of a potential exposure more than 10 days ago. We are publicly naming the location of this exposure to be transparent and ensure the public is notified:

  • Date: September 11 and 12, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

         Location: Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd.

TPH recommends that people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms visit the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool for recommendations.

As COVID-19 and the more transmissible Delta variant continue to circulate in the community, residents are urged to start their COVID-19 vaccine series or to get their second dose, if they haven’t done it yet. Residents of Toronto are reminded to continue practice public health measures such as physical distancing, wearing a mask when distancing is not possible, and washing their hands often.

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