COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - September 11th
As we look ahead to the fall and winter months, we must build on the lessons learned during the first wave of COVID-19.
Learning to live with COVID-19 still circulating will be the new normal for some time to come, but that doesn't mean we can't work hard to prevent a large second wave by planning ahead, working together, following public health advice, and protecting one another.
At the City we will continue to work non-stop to support our school boards as in-class learning resumes. With students heading back to class, it’s more important than ever that we remain vigilant, and continue to do our part. This means keeping our distance with anyone outside our immediate bubble, wearing our masks, washing our hands, getting a flu shot, and doing all we can to protect ourselves and each other.
In this Edition
- Update on Toronto Public Health's COVID-19 School Protocol
- My Statement on the Launch of Toronto’s COVID-19 Voluntary Isolation Site
- Updates from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health
- Dovercourt Road Reconstruction and Safety Improvements
- Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan - September 2020 Updates
- Have Your Say on the Future of Yonge Street with yongeTOmorrow
- Registration for City of Toronto Fall Recreation Programs Begins this Weekend
- Mandatory Registration for Short-term Rentals Now Open
- Community Environment Days: Temporary changes for 2020
- Toronto Environmental Alliance Zero Waste High-Rise Project
- City of Toronto COVID-19 Resource Map
- COVID-19 Information and Resources
Update on Toronto Public Health's COVID-19 School Protocol
Opening schools for in-class learning is a significant test of how we handle the next stage of the COVID-19 pandemic. That's why it is crucial that we do everything we can to get it right.
Over the summer, our team at Toronto Public Health has been hard at work providing advice and guidance to the Government of Ontario and the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board on enhanced measures for a safe school reopening.
These measures include recommendations on ensuring adequate space for physical distancing of 6 feet (or 2 metres) among students; facial coverings for all students where possible; prioritizing resources and supports for schools in high-needs areas; exploring new testing options for homes and schools; and encouraging a flexible start date – many of which have been adopted by the TDSB and TCDSB.
With schools opening next week, Toronto Public Health has now developed protocols to manage and respond to any potential cases of COVID-19 within the school system. These protocols are in addition to the team of over 70 public health nurses who are providing on-the-ground support to schools, as well as advice, training, and education to staff and families.
If a child or staff member at a Toronto school tests positive for COVID-19, Toronto Public Health has outlined the procedures that will be in place, on the COVID-19: School Information for Parents & Caregivers webpage. These include:
- All parents with a child attending the school will be notified by Toronto Public Health if there is a positive case in the school. The identity of the person who tested positive for COVID-19 will not be shared as this is personal health information.
- Toronto Public Health will lead the case and contact tracing. This includes working with the school to find out who the child or staff member had contact with while they may have been contagious.
- Depending on the timeline of the case, all students in the same class cohort will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days at home.
- Toronto Public Health will advise students who have been asked to self-isolate when they can return to school.
- Other students in the school should be monitored for symptoms, but if they are not a close contact of the case, they do not need to self-isolate or stay home unless directed to by Toronto Public Health.
My Statement on the Launch of Toronto’s COVID-19 Voluntary Isolation Site
Everyone should be able to protect their families from COVID-19 – regardless of where they live, how much money they make, or how many bedrooms and bathrooms are in their home.
Today, I was pleased to join Mayor John Tory, our Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, and federal Minister of Health Patty Hajdu in marking the launch of Toronto's voluntary isolation site, which will open tomorrow, September 12. This facility, which is operated and staffed by Toronto Public Health, provides a safe space for people who test positive for COVID-19 but cannot isolate at home without putting their family or other members of their household at risk. It is the first facility of its kind in Canada.
This program would not be possible without the generous support of our federal partners, who have provided $13.9 million for the site to operate over the next year. I want to especially recognize the commitment of Minister Hajdu and Deputy Prime Minister Freeland to making this site a reality.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors and public health experts have said that if a person tests positive for COVID-19, they should self-isolate at home, in a separate bedroom and bathroom from other household members. Many Toronto households, however, do not have this luxury. When individuals do not have enough space to self-isolate apart from family members, the risk of household transmission of COVID-19 is high.
The voluntary isolation site is located in a hotel with a capacity of up to 140 individuals who are isolating for a two-week period. For more details, you can read my full statement here.
Updates from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health
Our Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, and other City division leaders have been providing twice-weekly updates on the current situation and response to COVID-19 in Toronto. You can view the press conferences live at 2pm, and access past updates here.
On Wednesday, Dr. de Villa provided an update on Toronto Public Health’s work to support Toronto school boards as they prepare for students to return to class.
Over the summer, Toronto Public Health worked closely with local schools to help them plan for reopening. These plans include lessons that have been learned from other jurisdictions where schools have already reopened.
Toronto Public Health has assigned over 200 staff expressly to support schools, students, and families. A school liaison team has been established to provide advice on infection prevention and control measures, train staff, and work with investigators if cases emerge at a school.
Toronto Public Health has also assigned case and contact tracing staff to work with schools, so that if a positive case is confirmed, investigation and contact tracing can begin immediately.
Dr. de Villa emphasized that when we all do our part and follow public health advice, we are helping to protect students, teachers, and our community.
Dovercourt Road Reconstruction and Safety Improvements
Work is set to begin at the end of September on the Dovercourt Road reconstruction and safety improvements.
I have heard many traffic safety concerns with respect to Dovercourt Road, and have been working closely with Councillor Ana Bailão to ensure we can build a safer street on Dovercourt.
The construction improvements between Sudbury Street and College Street will include: watermain replacement; sidewalk replacement; improving intersections to reduce pedestrian crossing distances and slow traffic turning right; raising curb heights so it is more difficult for vehicles to mount the curb and encroach on pedestrian space; and installing speed humps to help calm traffic.
Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan - September 2020 Updates
I’m thrilled to share that the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan (BQNP) implementation is proceeding on schedule. Installation of the cobblestones for the Western Channel Promenade, the first of many Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan improvements, is underway.
Completion of this new public space on the water's edge is scheduled for fall 2020.
For a full progress update and timeline overview on the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan, click here.
Have Your Say on the Future of Yonge Street with yongeTOmorrow
We're on our way to building a new and improved Yonge Street — one that works for everyone.
The City of Toronto is studying ways to increase pedestrian space and improve the way people move through and experience Yonge Street between College/Carlton Street and Queen Street.
Learn more about the vision for Yonge, and share your feedback by participating in the virtual consultation and completing online questionnaire at: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/infrastructure-projects/yonge-downtown/
Registration for City of Toronto Fall Recreation Programs Begins this Weekend
Registration for City of Toronto fall recreation programs as well as December holiday camps starts Saturday, September 12 and continues next week. Torontonians can expect to see many of their favourite registered recreation programs, including swimming and skating lessons, on offer this fall. The City is Toronto’s largest provider of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. for the following areas:
- Saturday, September 12 for Etobicoke/York
- Sunday, September 13 for Scarborough
- Tuesday, September 15 for North York
- Wednesday, September 16 for Toronto/East York and West Toronto/York
Residents are asked to plan ahead and confirm the district for their programs before registration starts. Registration districts can be found online.
Mandatory Registration for Short-term Rentals Now Open
After brief delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Toronto is moving ahead with the implementation of local bylaws regulating short-term rentals in our communities. These regulations balance the freedom of residents to rent out their homes with the needs of our city when it comes to affordable housing, community safety, noise complaints, and neighbourhood livability.
Operators of short-term rentals (including Airbnb hosts) who are renting their homes for a period of less than 28 consecutive days are now required to register with the City of Toronto in order to operate legally.
Online registration is now open, with all current operators, including short-term rental companies, required to register by December 31, 2020. People can short-term rent their homes in Toronto only if they are a registered operator. A valid City-issued registration number must be included in all advertisements and listings.
City staff are continuing to respond to short-term rental issues on a complaints basis. You can report a short-term rental that is in violation of the rules, or a noise and waste infraction, by calling 311 with a complaint.
Community Environment Days: Temporary Changes for 2020
Community Environment Days scheduled earlier this year were cancelled due to COVID-19. To create a safe environment for residents to drop off items, the City has changed the events to a drive-through format. Health and safety protocols will be in place throughout the events to ensure residents and staff maintain a physical distance of at least two metres or six feet from those outside of their household or social circle.
Events will be held at the following locations:
- September 13, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Disco Drop-Off Depot, 120 Disco Rd.
- September 20, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Scarborough Drop-Off Depot, 1 Transfer Pl.,
- September 27, 9 a.m. – 1.p.m., Ingram Drop-Off Depot, 50 Ingram Dr.
- October 4, 9 a.m. – 1.p.m., Commissioners Drop-Off Depot, 400 Commissioners St.,
- October 18, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Dufferin Drop-Off Depot, 35 Vanley Cr.
- October 25, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Victoria Park Drop-Off Depot, 3350 Victoria Park Ave.
- November 1, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Bermondsey Drop-Off Depot, 188 Bermondsey Rd.
Items that will be accepted at this year’s events include household hazardous waste such as propane tanks, pesticides, paint, expired medications and electronic items. The events are also a great opportunity to bring clothing, books and other items for donation.
In addition, free bagged compost will be available for pickup at the event. There is a limit of two bags per vehicle while supplies last. Please note that other materials normally accepted at Drop-Off Depots including garbage and blue bin recycling will not be accepted during these events.
Also, at the year’s events, kitchen containers will not be available for purchase and non-perishable food items and hearing aids will not be accepted for donation. More information about Community Environment Days is available at toronto.ca/environment_days.
Toronto Environmental Alliance Zero Waste High-Rise Project
The Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) is recruiting participants for the Zero Waste High-Rise Project. TEA has developed an online step-by-step program to help Toronto multi-residential buildings reduce waste and become zero waste leaders. If you are a high-rise building resident, or staff member, and want to take action, you can join the project. Learn more here:
City of Toronto COVID-19 Resource Map
The City of Toronto has created a COVID-19 Essential Service Mapping Tool.
This tool has up-to-date service listings across Toronto, including food banks, meal delivery programs, community health services and more. Additional layers and details are being updated daily by 211 Toronto.
COVID-19 Information and Resources
It is important to stay informed through credible sources, and to follow the advice of our public health professionals. Together we can limit the spread of COVID-19.
Please visit the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 website for the up-to-date information and resources: toronto.ca/covid-19
Government COVID-19 websites
Call if you develop symptoms.
Toronto Public Health Hotline
8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Call if you have questions about COVID-19.
Outside City limits: 416-392-2489
Call if you have questions about City services.