Toronto Public Health will not release COVID-19 details for specific homes for the aged


Toronto Public Health will not release detailed information on COVID-19 infections and deaths of vulnerable seniors in long-term care homes, the city’s top public health official said on Tuesday.

Dr Eileen de Villa made the remark as the death toll at Eatonville Care Home in Etobicoke reached 27, surpassing Seven Oaks’ home in Scarborough as the hardest hit center for seniors in Toronto in a devastating epidemic some houses.

By Tuesday afternoon, 38 long-term care homes in Toronto – where residents have significant health needs – and 14 retirement homes had experienced COVID-19 outbreaks. Seniors’ outbreaks in the home had claimed the lives of 69 residents.

On April 2, Villa’s service reported a case of COVID-19 in Eatonville. Asked about the state of the epidemic there on Monday, de Villa told reporters that she had no details and that she would follow up. A few hours later, the house itself confirmed 25 deaths linked to the virus after residents were informed and informed to journalists.

De Villa defended the Toronto public health approach in a daily press briefing when told that many people with relatives in retirement homes are anxious to know the details of outbreaks at specific sites .

“I am really concerned about the devastating effects of COVID-19 that we are seeing in our long-term care homes,” she said, but her staff are focused on helping city-run, private homes and non-profit. prevent infections and fight epidemics.

“If you want to understand and have the most recent figures on what’s going on in a specific house, the best thing to do is connect directly to the house,” said de Villa.

However, she added, “Keeping track of the constantly changing numbers while trying to provide care and maintain strict epidemic control measures is a Herculean task.


“I don’t think long-term care providers, and certainly not public health care, are really trying to communicate numbers.”

Prime Minister Doug Ford said on Tuesday that his government would ban residents of seniors’ residences from working at more than one facility to help extinguish the spread of COVID-19 fires at these sites.

De Villa said Toronto had asked staff from 10 city-managed long-term care homes to declare the city as their main employer, to help prevent the spread of the virus, and offered benefits including overtime and overtime.

On Tuesday afternoon, Toronto had 2,543 confirmed and probable COVID-19 infections with 223 people hospitalized – 90 in intensive care – and a total of 115 deaths. The day before, the city had reported 80 people in intensive care and 92 deaths.

Despite the bad news, in the hope that the virus will reach its peak outside homes for the aged, officials are planning how to revive a huge, mostly closed, city.


Mayor John Tory said his Toronto task force on Tuesday had worked on ways to declare the city “open for business” after infections have subsided to the point that people can start mixing again safely.

Toronto is learning from more advanced cities in the pandemic and will wake up in stages, he said, taking into account advice from public health officials and the possibility of a second wave of infections.

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“I think (the reopening plans) are going to be solid, they are going to be complete in the context of examining every neighborhood, every type of business, every type of organization ..,” said Tory.

“I haven’t heard anyone talk about flipping a switch and going back to the situation. “

David Rider
David Rider is the office manager of Star’s City Hall and a reporter covering city hall and municipal politics. Follow him on Twitter: @dmrider



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