3 more children test positive for coronavirus at Toronto emergency child care centre

May 7 2020, 12:45 pm

Three more children and one more staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at a Toronto emergency child care centre, making the total now seven children and 12 staff.

The City of Toronto confirmed the news of the outbreak at Jesse Ketchum Early Learning and Child Care Centre to Daily Hive in a statement, on Thursday.

According the City, 45 staff and 52 children must self-isolate for 14 days from the day they most recently attended the child care centre between April 21 and 28, 2020.

“These individuals who were told to self-isolate include those diagnosed with COVID-19, and those people who were identified as their close contacts,” the City said.

And, any children and staff who test negative must continue to self-isolate as they can still develop symptoms, and subsequently test positive, up to 14 days from their last exposure.

On Wednesday, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health confirmed that four children and 11 staff had tested positive for the virus, but that they are “all doing well and recovering without incident at home.”

An outbreak at the child care centre was first declared on April 29, when Toronto released a statement reporting that three staff had contracted the virus with two other staff and two children awaiting test results.

Later that day, it was confirmed that an eight-month-old had contracted the coronavirus.

Currently, Toronto Children’s Services is working with Toronto Public Health to determine when Jesse Ketchum child care centre is able to reopen.

“We cannot yet confirm the date of reopening until testing is complete and we have received further guidance for Toronto Public Health to ensure the safety of families and staff,” the city said.