Constructive instances of COVID-19 reported amongst Toronto Public Well being workers

Kayla Goodfield and Katherine DeClerq,

Printed Monday, March 30, 2020 1:58PM EDT

Final Up to date Monday, March 30, 2020 5:02PM EDT

Eight folks working at Toronto Public Well being have examined constructive for COVID-19.

Officers inside the public well being unit, which is positioned in downtown Toronto close to Dundas Avenue East and Victoria Avenue, confirmed the constructive instances to CTV Information Toronto on Monday.

“We just lately discovered that a few of our colleagues at 277 Victoria Avenue contracted COVID-19,” an announcement learn. “Provided that COVID-19 is spreading in our neighborhood, we had been ready for this unlucky state of affairs.”

“We rigorously assessed this matter and requested our workers to do business from home at present.”

The workers who examined constructive for the virus are recovering at dwelling in self-isolation, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Well being Eileen de Villa stated Monday afternoon.

As with all instances of the novel coronavirus within the metropolis, public well being officers stated they’re investigating “the place they might have gotten the an infection,” in addition to working to “establish their shut contacts.”

“We then comply with up immediately with the individual’s shut contacts, or by means of the employer, to evaluate potential threat and supply additional directions, as wanted.”

Whereas workers of the general public well being unit had been all requested to do business from home on Monday, solely those that had “shut and extended contact with a COVID-19 constructive case is taken into account in danger.”

“We now have communicated immediately with these people,” the assertion stated. “We now have additionally carried out a deep cleansing and disinfection all through our workplace.”

“Since COVID-19 isn’t unfold by means of the air, a constructing isn’t thought of in danger if there’s a case in a constructing.”

No additional particulars concerning the contaminated sufferers at Toronto Public Well being have been launched by officers.

Talking to reporters, de Villa confirmed that by 1 p.m. on Monday, one other 50 constructive instances of the virus had been confirmed, bringing the tally of Toronto COVID-19 sufferers to 591.

Among the many 591 instances recorded within the metropolis, de Villa stated that 12 are physicians, 13 are nurses and 6 others are health-care workers.

“As I’ve stated earlier than, these numbers are continuously altering and we should always anticipate them to extend within the coming days or even weeks.”

Sixty-seven folks have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 30 stay within the Intensive Care Unit.

About 24 per cent of instances in Toronto are attributed to neighborhood unfold, de Villa added.

Six folks have died in Toronto, together with a person in his 70s who was hospitalized at Scarborough Hospital and a person in his 80s, who was at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Each males had been hospitalized final week.

“I prolong my sincerest and deepest condolences to the household and mates of those two males who handed away,” de Villa stated.

There have been greater than 1,700 instances of COVID-19 confirmed in Ontario so far, together with 33 deaths.

Almost 50,000 folks have been examined for the virus within the province up to now.