Toronto reported 48 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, which the city’s top doctor called “concerning.”
During the press conference, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said, “It’s not a matter of if we’ll see more cases, but when. I’m concerned because this is now what we’re starting to see.”
de Villa reminded residents that “we must keep each other safe” as schools and workplaces reopen and as the weather gets colder.
She had strong words of advice before the long weekend, saying, “The choices we make this Labour Day weekend have the potential to affect all of us in the weeks and months ahead.”
de Villa noted that the city has been doing well with cases over the summer because most socializing has been outdoors.
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“I do not want this to give people a false sense of security. You may think because you did not get sick over these past months you are in the clear but this simply isn’t true,” she said. “It’s dangerous to think this way. This virus is very infectious and easily passes between people, especially indoors.”
The city’s top doctor said that looking at contact tracing of cases recently showed that it was from people not following public health measures, by convening indoors without masks.
She also had advice for parents and children with the return to school just around the corner.
Some of the recommendations included bringing a couple masks for their kids per day, and bringing two bags, one for dirty masks and the other for clean ones. Also, to emphasize to children to not trade masks with their classmates.
“Teach them how to wash their hands properly and practice physical distancing,” she said. “And let them know it won’t be this way forever. After all, it’s about their safety, like wearing a seatbelt or looking both ways down the street.”
And if a child is sick, keep them at home.
To date, there are a total of 16,044 cases in Toronto with 14,498 resolved and 1,175 reported deaths.