Two City of Toronto employees test positive for coronavirus

Jul 15 2020, 6:36 am

Two City of Toronto workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

On Tuesday, the city confirmed that the two workers are with Parks, Forestry, and Recreation.

Exposure to the virus occurred between July 6 and 10 and was not in the workplace.

One employee who tested positive has had brief contact with a part-time worker at the Ellesmere Community Centre CampTO program, however, the program will not be required to close.

According to the city, there are 11 campers at this site.

The other employee works in sanitation for PFR and does not come into contact with children or families at CampTO.

Reportedly, no children at CampTO, which started on Monday, have been directly exposed to the employees who have tested positive.

The city said they are in the process of advising families, employees, the union, and the public and of these cases as a matter of public transparency.

“Toronto Public Health advises that the risk of contracting COVID-19 for children and families at this CampTO program is very low,” the statement said.

The employees who have tested positive have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days. The city reports that contact tracing has identified a further 23 employees who have been in contact with the two.

“None of these employees have been in contact with children or families at the centre or any other city program, such as aquatics. All those who have had contact with the employees have been advised to get tested and to self-isolate for 14 days.”

In order to help reduce the spread of the virus, all CampTO programs must meet health guidelines designed in consultation with Toronto Public Health and in alignment with provincial health guidelines for day camps.

Guidelines include an enhanced ratio of staff to campers and reduced group sizes, the use of masks indoors, physical distancing, mandatory health screening and enhanced facility cleaning ā€” each camp group stays together for the entire week, and do not interact with other campers.

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