Some Toronto neighbourhoods have reported over 1,400 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, while others have reported over 35.
In May, Toronto Public Health released an interactive map showing how many COVID-19 cases are reported across neighbourhoods.
It’s important to note that areas with lower rates of coronavirus cases are not safer and do not pose less risk of infection.
“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 when releasing the geographic data.
The top three neighbourhoods with the highest total case count:
- Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown: 1,438 cases
- Woburn: 1,276 cases
- West Humber Clairville: 1,111 cases
The top three neighbourhoods with the lowest total case count:
- Playter Estates-Danforth: 38 cases
- Runnymede-Bloor West Village: 43 cases
- Kingsway South: 55 cases
Toronto’s COVID-19 cases have been high recently, with the seven-day moving average now 539, with new hospitalizations at 12 and active daily outbreaks in institutions at 57.
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Additionally, 26% of COVID-19 tests are returned within 24 hours, the ideal is 60%, with 67% returned in 48 hours, the ideal is to have 80% in this timeframe.
On Wednesday, Mayor John Tory said he wants tighter restrictions when the city’s 28-day lockdown ends on December 21.
While Tory would not delve into the specifics, he noted that he supports “some sort of break in schools with virtual learning in early January.”
He also called for regional closures and to take lessons from Quebec, which recently announced a two-week shutdown starting December 25. Specifically with the closure of non-essential businesses and office spaces.
“I’ve asked city officials to look at programs and facilities to see what could be shut down or modified to stop the spread,” he added.
Earlier today, the City cancelled all planned 2020 holiday CampTO winter programs in an effort to stop the further spread of the virus.