Toronto launches new webpage to disclose COVID-19 exposures in broad settings

The City of Toronto has launched a new webpage that will disclose COVID-19 exposures at large facilities where contact information may not be available.

The webpage, which launched on Thursday, will notify community members when one or more cases of COVID-19 have been detected in a setting within a defined time frame. Settings will be in public spaces where 20 or more people were present. Addresses of private residences will not be displayed.

“This is especially important as we continue to move forward in returning to many of the activities we missed,” Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said in a statement.

“We are sharing this information to help prevent opportunities for the virus to spread and give residents instructions they can follow to protect their health and the health of those around them if they may have been exposed to this virus.”

Information will be updated on the web page at 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Ontario’s top doctor said public health measures are not changing at this time amid the discovery of the new variant of Omicron in the province.

As it stands, private indoor events are limited to 25 people while outdoor gatherings can accommodate 100 people.

Capacity limits have also been completely lifted in most large venues such as cinemas and event or sports spaces that require proof of vaccination. New capacity restrictions were due to be implemented in mid-November, but that stage of the province’s reopening plan was halted amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.

According to provincial data, 118 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in Toronto on Thursday. There were also 75 new cases in Peel Region, 53 new cases in York Region, 42 new cases in Halton Region and 21 new cases in Durham Region.

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