Three positive employees for COVID-19 at the Toronto municipal daycare for essential workers

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Three employees tested positive for COVID-19 in one of the emergency day care centers opened by the City of Toronto to care for the children of essential workers.

Two other staff members and two children await the results of the tests.

Jesse Ketchum Early Learning and Child Care Center will undergo a thorough cleanup and will be closed for the next two weeks, the city said in a statement Tuesday evening. It will only reopen after clearance from Toronto Public Health.

The daycare opened on March 31; it is one of seven new child care centers opened to care for the children of essential frontline workers.

Some 58 children, as well as staff, are also invited to stay at home for the next two weeks to prevent the spread of the virus.

There are no service disruptions for the six remaining child care centers.

“Since opening on March 31, Toronto Children’s Services have implemented improved infection prevention and control procedures that are consistent with public health guidelines,” said the city.

“This includes the small size of the room groups, daily screening, including temperature checks of children and staff, as well as the development of improved infection prevention policies and procedures.”

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