The City of Toronto is actively working to contain and reduce the spread of COVID-19 at Seaton House shelter. As of today, there are 43 clients and staff who have tested positive at this shelter.
Clients who have tested positive or are high-risk close contacts have been sent to a dedicated isolation/recovery site with supports. There remains additional capacity in the isolation/recovery site. The City wishes everyone who has tested positive a speedy recovery.
An outbreak was declared at Seaton House on January 21, 2021, which has a number of specialized programs for men experiencing homelessness. An outbreak is defined as two or more positive cases, within a 14-day period, that are epidemiologically linked to a specific shelter setting.
The Public Health Ontario Laboratory (PHOL) has been performing additional testing on all positive COVID-19 laboratory results to determine if they screen positive for a variant of concern (VOC). At this point, the City has not received any VOC positive test results for Seaton House.
Toronto Public Health (TPH) reports on outbreaks with updates on positive cases among the public on the COVID-19: Status of Cases in Toronto webpage.
On direction from Toronto Public Health, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration (SSHA) is working in partnership with testing partners and Ontario Health to do site-wide testing at Seaton House. As test results are confirmed, any positive results will be posted on TPH’s webpage.
SSHA has worked closely with TPH and our community partners to implement a comprehensive set of infection prevention and control measures at Seaton House and all other shelters in the system, including:
The City has also worked to ensure physical distancing of at least two metres laterally between beds in order to meet the City’s shelter standards directive, which is based on Ministry of Health guidance for congregate living settings during the pandemic. This was achieved through the opening of more than 40 temporary shelter and hotel locations, of which at least 25 are currently active.
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