Toronto synagogue temporarily closes as member tests positive for COVID-19

Mar 9 2020, 12:01 pm

A Toronto synagogue has closed its doors temporarily after one of its members tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the Beth Sholom Synagogue, last week, one of its lay leadership exhibited flu-like symptoms, was tested and the results were positive for COVID-19. The Synagogue, which is located at 1445 Eglinton Avenue West, said he has been placed into a 14 day quarantine where he currently remains at home and is showing signs of recovery.

They added that the member has not been to the synagogue since his diagnosis.

“It has come to our attention that there is a threat of the COVID-19 virus that has permeated our community,” said the synagogue in a Facebook post.

“Putting health and safety first, and with advice from Toronto Public Health, in order to ensure the greatest of caution, Beth Sholom Synagogue will be entirely closed tomorrow, Monday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 10.”

The synagogue said they are in regular and close contact with Toronto Public Health, who has said that the risk to the community is low, “however, we are taking all necessary precautions.”

The synagogue has been closed for a thorough sanitizing of the building, and it will re-open and services will resume once completed.

“Out of an abundance of caution, given the health concerns, we have cancelled our Purim celebrations, events, and general operations, as other Toronto faith-based organizations have done recently,” they said, adding that anyone who is coughing, sneezing, and feeling unwell should not go into the building, and should seek medical guidance.

Ontario reported three new coronavirus cases on Monday, including a patient who recently returned from Germany.

There are now 34 total cases in the province.