The City of Toronto releases updated geographic information on COVID-19 cases in the city throughout the pandemic, to better understand virus spread and prevention.
As of August 31, some neighbourhoods have over 500 cumulative cases while others have less than 20.
On May 28, the city released an interactive map that reflects where individuals live, but not necessarily where they were initially exposed to the virus.
The map shows cases by neighbourhoods since January 21, 2020.
It’s important to note that areas with lower rates of coronavirus cases are not safer and do not pose less of a risk of infection.
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“By knowing where those impacted by COVID-19 live, and by assessing other important risk factors, Toronto Public Health is better able to inform preventive actions, identify where proactive testing can be helpful, and take action to reduce virus spread,” the city said at the time.
The northwest and northeast regions have the highest amount of positive cases.
The worst-hit neighbourhoods in Toronto include:
- Glenfield-Jane Heights: 527 cases
- Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown: 522 cases
- West Humber-Clairville: 511 cases
These are the neighbourhoods least hit in Toronto:
- Danforth: 14 cases
- Yonge-Eglinton: 16 cases
- The Beaches: 18 cases
The seven-day rolling average of new coronavirus infections in the city has increased to 35.
On Monday, Toronto laid out its action plan for a resurgence of cases expected to occur in the fall and winter months.
The city’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen De Villa said “We will see resurgence there is no question… the resurgence of COVID-19 is inevitable.”
The city is enhancing supports and health protocols as schools reopen and for residents in long-term care homes.
And to help with infection, prevention, and control measures, Toronto is setting up a voluntary isolation centre for people with COIVD-19 who cannot isolate safely at home.
“This is an important step for our city to limit spread,” de Villa added.
She also noted that certain neighbourhoods have been hit “much harder” by the pandemic, instigating TPH to have Community Outreach Rapid Response Teams as well as multilingual teams to make sure necessary information is easily accessible.
The public health unit is also working with the province for pop-up testing sites.
To date, Toronto has 16,044 total cases, with 14,498 resolved, and 1,175 reported deaths.