Toronto reaches 14 days of consecutive decline in new coronavirus cases

Jun 19 2020, 1:21 pm

Toronto has hit 14 days of consecutive decline in new COVID-19 cases, meaning the city can soon enter Stage 2 of reopening the economy.

The COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard shows that the status for virus spread and containment has gone from yellow to green meaning all indicators are at the goal.

On Friday, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa noted that there are 54 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 13,715 with 11,611 recovered.

De Villa said she was encouraged by the numbers and thanked the public for adhering to public health measures.

“I am encouraged by this good news which is the result of your continued efforts,” she said.

“We will soon be able to join other regions of the province to enter Stage 2.”

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However, further progress is still needed as three out of four of the measurements on the dashboard are in green, making Toronto’s overall status still yellow.

Laboratory testing is still in yellow as only 22% of coronavirus tests have a turnaround time of 24 hours with 64% having a 48 response time.

De Villa said even though this measurement is not reaching its goals, it does not mean that Toronto can’t enter Stage 2.

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But each day this week Toronto Public Health exceeded the provincial target of reaching 90% of cases within 24 hours.

“This is a significant accomplishment and can be attributed to the dedicated staff assigned to the response efforts,” the City said.

To date, there have been nearly 14,000 cases of COVID-19 investigated by Toronto Public Health.

De Villa said that residents should keep track of all their locations whether by taking photos with location settings on, or keeping a journal, so that if one does contract the virus, it can help public health identify close contacts and identify virus spread.

On Friday, seven more regions in Ontario entered Stage 2 of reopening, joining 24 other regions.

Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex are still in Stage 1.

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