Toronto launches new webpage to disclose COVID-19 exposures in large settings
The City of Toronto has launched a new webpage that will disclose COVID-19 exposures in large settings where contact details 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 set time frame. The sets will be in public spaces where 20 or more people were present. The addresses of private residences will not be displayed.
“This is especially important as we continue to move forward by returning to many activities that we have 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 provide residents with 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 Omicron variant in the province.
As it stands, indoor private 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 sporting spaces that require proof of vaccination. Further capacity restrictions were due to be implemented in mid-November, but this stage of the province’s reopening plan has been put on hold amid an increase 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.