My Statement on COVID-19 Resurgence Planning
Today, our Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa provided an update on Toronto Public Health's planning for a potential resurgence of the COVID-19 virus that could take place this coming fall and winter season.
Since January 2020, Toronto Public Health has been working around the clock to respond to COVID-19 and keep our city safe. Acting on recommendations from our public health experts, the City took swift and decisive action to limit virus spread earlier this year. These actions, along with restrictions from the Federal and Provincial governments and the cooperation and sacrifice of Torontonians, were successful in reducing transmission, limiting community spread, and protecting our health care system.
While our success in reducing the spread of COVID-19 has made it possible to re-open many businesses and services, we are not out of the woods yet. Without a treatment or vaccine on the immediate horizon, we need to prepare ourselves for many more months of this pandemic. We cannot let our guard up. Still, while learning to live with COVID-19 circulating may be the new normal, accepting a significant second wave doesn't have to be.