Toronto Public Health (TPH) is investigating after COVID-19 cases were linked to a COVID-19 quarantine hotel.
TPH confirmed to Daily Hive that virus cases have been “linked to individuals” at the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport – an approved quarantine hotel for international travellers.
“We have assigned staff to initiate an investigation and to work with the facility to identify all cases,” said Dr. Vinita Dubey, Toronto’s Associate Medical Officer of Health.
“[They will] review and advise on all appropriate public health measures and infection prevention and control measures,” she said.
Dubey declined to say how many cases had been reported and whether they had been detected in travellers, hotel staff, or both.
She noted that TPH must balance the public’s desire for information with the need to protect individuals’ privacy.
“TPH does not disclose personal health information related to individual cases and their contacts, including information related to sources of exposure and acquisition,” Dubey said.
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The Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport is one of 20 government-approved quarantine hotels in Toronto.
All international travellers arriving in Canada by air are required to spend three nights at a designated hotel while they await the results of a COVID-19 test taken upon arrival.
Travellers are responsible for the cost of the hotel, which can run up to $2,000 per person.
As of April 30, Toronto has seen 148,155 COVID-19 cases and 3,084 virus-related deaths.