Toronto receives 3 million surgical masks to help frontline workers

Apr 21 2020, 2:06 pm

The City of Toronto received 3 million surgical masks to help frontline workers who are combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor John Tory said that the ATSM Level 2 surgical masks ordered in March were delivered in two shipments, with the final shipment of two million masks delivered on Tuesday morning.

The new masks have passed inspection and staff have confirmed masks are as ordered.

Prior to receiving the shipments, as of April 14, Toronto had enough surgical masks for 52 days at current consumption and 25 days in the worst-case scenario. This new inventory adds approximately 127 days of stock at current consumption and would provide 60 additional days of protection in the worst-case scenario.

“The COVID-19 fight is not over. We need to keep working to ensure all people in the city are protected from this deadly virus. This new order of 3 million surgical masks will greatly help the people on the frontlines of the fight in our City’s long-term care homes and shelters,” Tory said.

“We are working non-stop to secure PPE for the employees who need it. While we continue to support staff and vulnerable residents, it is important everyone else do what they can: Stay home as much as possible and keep their distance from others.”

The surgical masks are used extensively by staff in the city’s emergency shelters and long-term care facilities.

On Monday, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, explained that while Toronto is currently in the peak period for reported coronavirus cases, the situation in congregate facilities is very different, with higher rates of infection expected to continue.

“This new influx of PPE will ensure staff can continue to help the most vulnerable Torontonians in our shelters and long-term care facilities,” the City said.

As of April 21, there are 3,820 total cases with 190 reported deaths, of which 131 come from long-term care homes, retirement homes, and hospitals.

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