The northeast and northwest corners of Toronto are the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released by the city.
City medical officer Eileen de Villa said on Wednesday that Toronto public health had released interactive maps that broken down the number of reported COVID-19 cases in the city by neighborhood.
“Our data confirms that COVID-19 is present in every neighborhood in Toronto,” said de Villa. “Based on the past two weeks of activity, our mapping indicates that people living in the northwest and northeast parts of the city now have the highest number of positive cases. “
Originally, the people of Toronto acquired COVID-19 through travel. Since then, the virus has been transmitted by community spread, she said.
De Villa has warned the public that a person’s place of residence does not necessarily indicate where they picked up COVID-19. Torontonians are at risk of contracting COVID-19 anywhere when they are in close contact with the respiratory droplets of an infected person. As such, neighborhoods with fewer cases are not inherently safer, she added.
She also said that there was no high risk of infection by going to certain parts of the city and believing that this would contribute to misinformation and unintentional stigmatization of residents of these areas.
“These cases are our friends, our colleagues and our family members. These numbers represent people, people in our city, ”she said.
“These cards are helpful in informing our approach, but they need to be taken in context,” wrote Toronto Council of Health councilor and president Joe Cressy in a tweet. “COVID-19 has manifested itself in all neighborhoods and communities of our city. No matter where you live or work, the chances of transmitting COVID-19 are very real. “
The data will help the city take targeted action to help prevent the spread through proactive testing.
De Villa previously stated that the TPH analysis based on racial and socio-economic data suggests that people in regions with the highest proportion of low-income earners or the highest proportion of recent immigrants and rates of high unemployment experience higher COVID levels. 19 cases and hospitalizations.
The maps will be updated regularly.
As of May 26, Toronto had 10,525 cases of COVID-19. Of this number, 7,814 cases are now resolved. A total of 780 people died in the city.
There have been previous efforts to map COVID-19 cases in Toronto. In March, students at the University of Toronto released an online tool called Flatten.ca that uses outsourced information to track the spread across the city.