Toronto detects first variant COVID-19 case at a city-run care home

Feb 11 2021, 6:44 pm

The City of Toronto has detected the first variant case of COVID-19 connected to a city-run long-term care home.

A staff member at Castleview Wychwood Towers just off Christie Street screened positive for a variant strain of COVID-19, according to a City news release.

Variant strains are a concern because they’re more easily transmitted than the current dominant strain. However they do not cause more severe disease.

The City says this staff person is a frontline worker, but they’re not in direct contact with residents. The City also said about 95% of residents at the 456-bed home have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 90% have received their second dose.

“The City is advising the public of this case in the interest of transparency,” it said.

No other residents, caregivers, or staff at Castleview Wychwood Towers are showing COVID-19 related symptoms at this time.