UofT, City of Toronto among workplaces with active COVID-19 outbreaks

May 27 2021, 2:31 pm

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

The University of Toronto, City of Toronto, and Crosslinx are among the 16 workplaces added to the list on May 27.

The workplaces have reported outbreaks of four, three, and two cases, respectively, according to Toronto’s COVID-19 monitoring dashboard.

Of the new reports, four cases have been linked to a car dealership, five cases are tied to a sugar factory, and 12 have been confirmed at a media manufacturing company.

Three cases were reported at a Canadian Tire, but the outbreak has been declared over, as has a second outbreak at Crosslinx that spread to two people.

There are currently 27 active outbreaks at workplaces across the city.

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Previously reported outbreaks at TD Canada Trust and Toronto Fire Services have been declared over.

The largest active outbreak in the city is at the Ontario Food Terminal. Fifty people have tested positive for the virus at the distribution centre since April 5.

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. It includes the name of each workplace, the number of COVID-19 cases, and the date the outbreak was declared.

To protect the privacy of employees and businesses, only workplaces with 20 or more employees are publicly named.

To date, the City of Toronto has reported 166,020 COVID-19 cases and 3,354 deaths.

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