Canada Post, Deciem among workplaces with active COVID-19 outbreaks

Apr 23 2021, 8:15 am

Toronto Public Health has updated its list of workplaces facing COVID-19 outbreaks in the city to include several large employers.

Canada Post, Deciem, and a Public Health Ontario laboratory are among the 28 workplaces that were added to the list on April 22.

The former two workplaces have each reported outbreaks of 16 cases, while the latter has confirmed 17 cases, according to Toronto’s COVID-19 monitoring dashboard.

The cases at Canada Post are part of two separate outbreaks.

Of the new reports, two cases are linked to Purolator, 11 are tied to Ellis Don, and seven were reported at a car dealership. Woodbine Racetrack has confirmed two cases as well.

Five cases were reported at Apple, although the outbreak at the workplace has now been declared over.

On April 20, Toronto public health authorities announced that they would close workplaces where five or more COVID-19 cases have been found over a two-week period.

The workplaces will be required to shut down for 10 days.

Some sectors are exempt from the order, including healthcare facilities, schools, daycares, and first responders.

There are currently 40 active outbreaks at workplaces across the city.

Previously reported outbreaks at Mondelez Canada Inc., No Frill’s, and Toronto Terminal Railways have been declared over.

An outbreak at an Amazon Fulfillment Centre has spread to 31 people, and 24 cases are now tied to the Ontario Food Terminal. A third outbreak at Canada Post has grown to 18 cases.

 

Toronto Public Health declares a COVID-19 outbreak in a workplace when there have been two or more lab-confirmed cases of the virus with an epidemiological link within a 14-day period.

The link could be that infected individuals work in the same area during the same shift or that no confirmed infection source outside the workplace is evident.

The list of workplace outbreaks is updated every Thursday, and it includes the name of the workplace, the number of COVID-19 cases, and the date the outbreak was declared.

To protect individuals’ privacy, only workplaces with 20 or more employees are publicly named.

The City of Toronto reported 1,243 new COVID-19 cases on April 15, bringing the total seen since the start of the pandemic to 138,007.

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