Toronto sets January date for city workers to return to the office, amid rising COVID-19 cases, Omicron uncertainty
Toronto Public Health has confirmed that the number of COVID-19 cases in Toronto has grown from seven to eight.
The latest data available for Toronto Public Health is for the week ending June 7.
This data shows six cases so far this week, as well as one new case each on June 5 and 6.
“Public Health is aware of a recent case of COVID-19 in a person with no confirmed exposure,” reads the June 5 statement. “That person was in hospital and is now in stable condition. All other cases have either travelled to a COVID-19 affected country or have developed COVID-19 related symptoms in the community.
“Public Health is also working with the Toronto Public Health and Toronto Public Health Ontario Public Health Unit to track travel patterns associated with these cases at this time. We have been in contact with the City’s Emergency Health Services and expect to be able to provide further updates later this week. Public Health advises the individuals and communities affected by the cases in this situation to follow official health and public health advice from public health authorities in the country of return.”
On Wednesday, a second case in the city was confirmed and the city’s public health unit says it is working with other agencies to track that individual and any other travel history.
The city is also in the midst of a pandemic: Health Minister Elizabeth May has now called the COVID-19 virus an emergency, and the province is offering additional testing.
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In addition, the province’s Public Health Agency is working to expand access to testing in Toronto.
On Monday, mayor John Tory announced a daily briefing for city officials on Wednesday from Ontario Minister of Health Christine Elliott.
The announcement said that the federal government would work with the province to ensure that Ontarians — “whether living in Toronto or not” — who want to be tested are able to do so.
People who want to be tested “will be directed to Ontario’s online testing site, go