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COVID-19: City of Toronto issues update on COVID-19 status

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TORONTO, ON., June 8, 2020 — Today, as the City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. Toronto Public Health reported that there are 12,707 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 169 cases since yesterday. Of the new cases, 57 cases are related to another delay in reporting previously-identified infections to Toronto Public Health. Yesterday, 267 more cases were added as a result of a lag in reporting from William Osler Health System.

Today the City says there are 341 people hospitalized in Toronto, with 78 in ICU. In total 9,746 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 123 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 944 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

“Earlier today, the Premier announced that the province will be moving into phase 2 of Ontario’s recovery framework,” said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto Medical Officer of Health. “While our situation here in Toronto is certainly improving and we have made significant progress, other locations in Ontario with much smaller populations and very different circumstances,
are at a different point in their outbreak than we are.”

“Given this, the province has indicated that Toronto, along with all of the other communities in the Golden Horseshoe, who are experiencing similar circumstances, will move to the second phase at a later date,” said Dr. de Villa.

Residents are reminded of the importance of adhering to public health advice to wash their hands often, stay within their household bubble and practise physical distancing, or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

While healthy residents are encouraged to get fresh air and exercise outside, they’re reminded that provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect.

The City’s coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Ensuring compliance through education and awareness remains the preferred method of engagement, but enforcement continues to take place if necessary.

Toronto physical distancing complaints

Yesterday, the City received 72 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued four tickets for physical distancing. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 2,500 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

Residents and businesses are reminded to have their say on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from this pandemic even stronger. Take the Recovery & Rebuilding Toronto survey  before June 30.

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services, social supports and economic recovery measures. Check toronto.ca/covid-19 for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.

SOURCE City of Toronto

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