Coronavirus spread and containment back to yellow status as daily Toronto cases increase

Aug 26 2020, 11:39 am

The COVID-19 spread and containment is back to the yellow status as daily case counts in Toronto continue to increase.

On Wednesday, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, confirmed there are 33 new infections in Toronto with 32 more recovered from yesterday’s report.

Over the last week there have been 198 new infections, with numbers steadily increasing in the city.

The COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard was in green for most of August, indicating the city is reaching its goals for the four categories which are: virus spread and containment, laboratory testing, health system capacity and public health capacity.

But virus spread and containment has gone back to yellow, meaning the indicators need attention. The seven-day average case count has increased from 21 to 25 with new hospitalizations averaging to one person for every seven days.

But active daily outbreaks are still in the green status.

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“The virus is still here. This emphasizes why we need to be careful and follow public health measures,” de Villa said.

“We are at a critical time in the pandemic and we’re going to be living with this virus for the foreseeable future. We are reminded everyday that this pandemic is not over.”

De Villa noted that BC and Alberta are seeing an increase in coronavirus case numbers that are linked to social gatherings.

Toronto’s top doctor made it clear that a social bubble or circle is only supposed to have 10 people or fewer and that people can only have one social circle. Anyone outside of the bubble should be interacting with others at a safe two-metre distance.

“Your actions now will affect COVID-19 activity into the weeks and months ahead,” she added.

To date, Toronto has 15,841 total coronavirus cases with 14,401 recovered.

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