The Toronto board of health will meet this morning at 9:30 am On the agenda:
-Our proposal to open COVID isolation facilities for people who cannot safely isolate at home.
-a detailed presentation of the socio-demographic COVID, including an analysis of income, race and profession.
– Joe Cressy (@joe_cressy) July 2, 2020
City Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa today makes official recommendation after studying the demographics of communicable disease in Toronto and finding that the hardest hit neighborhoods are low income where, among other factors, families sometimes live in very close quarters.
The concept is already used in cities around the world, including 20 locations in the United States.
There are also currently two hotels in Toronto that function as COVID-19 recovery sites for residents who have the virus and who are also homeless, and therefore have nowhere to go to quarantine.
Meanwhile, the federal government has put recent international travelers without proper self-isolation plans in these centers since April to ensure they don’t put other members of the public at risk.
Toronto needs segregation support facilities #SDOH neighborhoods including NW&NE GTA hotspots @KateMMulligan @joe_cressy these have been historically important for centuries of infection control – why not now? https://t.co/83k2GqGUKG
– Helen Batty (@hbelfry) June 6, 2020
The motion will be voted on by the Toronto Board of Health today, and if passed it will require financial assistance from the province or Ottawa to materialize.