Toronto city councillor in self-isolation after contact with COVID-19 patient

Mar 9 2020, 1:39 pm

A Toronto city councillor has gone into self-isolation after being informed he was in contact with a COVID-19 patient.

A health official told Josh Matlow, the councillor for Trinity – St. Paul’s, that on Thursday, March 5, he came into contact with an individual who had tested positive for the coronavirus, upon their return from a conference in Washington DC, Matlow wrote in a statement on Monday.

Out of caution and on the advice from Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Matlow said he is going into self-isolation until March 20.

“It is very important to note that I have been informed by Dr. de Villa that because I am asymptomatic, no one, including my family, is at an elevated risk of having contracted the virus due to contact with me,” Matlow said.

“The Medical Officer of Health, and her excellent team, have provided me with prompt, informative advice, as they have to all Toronto residents since the Coronavirus was discovered. It is important that everyone seek information regarding COVID-19.”

Matlow emphasized the importance of seeking credible sources, like Toronto Public Health, and to follow expert advice.

During the councillor’s isolation period, all public events have to be cancelled, including a community meeting to support Mabel’s Fables on Tuesday.

The meeting will be rescheduled, Matlow said.

On Sunday, Ontario confirmed a man in his 60s who recently returned from Washington, DC tested positive for coronavirus.

Ontario has confirmed 34 total cases as of Monday morning.