Toronto releases demographics on COVID-19

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Recently released data on reported cases of COVID-19 in Toronto suggests that people who identify as belonging to a racialized group or living in low-income households are disproportionately affected by the novel coronavirus.

The Toronto Public Health Department says data collected from people infected with COVID-19 who voluntarily answered socio-demographic questions revealed that 83% of people were identified with a racialized group.

This is compared to the 52% of Toronto residents overall who identify as such.

The data also shows that 51% of the COVID-19 cases reported in Toronto were from people living in households considered to be low income, compared to 30% of the population meeting the same definition.

More than a quarter – 27% – of cases involved people living in households of five or more people.

The data was collected between May 20 and July 16 and does not include people who tested positive in long-term care homes, nor any information related to Indigenous identity.

Officials say the study will help inform public health decisions, adding that the city has started working with organizations that represent and serve communities over-represented in COVID-19 cases.

“Knowing more about the impacts of COVID-19 on our residents will not only allow us to respond in the interim, but in the long term, we can develop better services, programs and policies that respond to these findings and the future challenges facing them. we might be facing, “said Mayor John Tory.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 30, 2020.

By The Canadian Press

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