29 individuals have now examined optimistic for a coronavirus variant at a downtown Toronto shelter

There have now been 29 individuals who have examined optimistic for a variant of concern at a city-funded shelter run by the Salvation Military downtown and greater than 100 individuals at the moment are isolating there.

A COVID-19 outbreak was declared on the Maxwell Meighan shelter for these experiencing homelessness, positioned close to Queen and Sherbourne streets in Moss Park, on Feb. three.

On Feb. 13, Toronto Public Well being mentioned one of many circumstances on the shelter had examined optimistic for a variant of concern, the primary confirmed variant case in Toronto’s shelter system.

A number of the areas on the shelter are in a congregate setting and the town mentioned Monday that each one shoppers who have been residing on the shelter in the course of the interval of attainable publicity at the moment are thought-about shut contacts.

Maxwell Meighan is among the websites that makes up the town’s base shelter system. It usually has area for 363 male shoppers experiencing homelessness, however that capability has been diminished to 256 because of the want for bodily distancing. There are at the moment 121 shoppers staying on the web site.

 “The shelter is at the moment closed to new admissions, and Salvation Military is working with TPH to make sure remaining shoppers safely isolate in place,” the town mentioned in its launch. “The Salvation Military will proceed to conduct enhanced each day symptom screening of all employees and shoppers.”

Toronto Public Well being has additionally suggested that each one employees and shoppers endure ongoing testing each three to 5 days and that anybody who reveals signs or exams optimistic be moved to an isolation/restoration web site.

The lab samples are at the moment present process complete genome sequencing by Public Well being Ontario to establish which variant pressure they’re. 

Ontario has seen a rising prevalence of the extra contagious UK variant (B.1.1.7) within the province and public well being officers have warned that it might quickly turn into the dominant pressure of COVID-19 right here. A smaller variety of circumstances of the South African variant and a minimum of one case of the Brazilian variant have additionally been detected within the province up to now.