Toronto’s COVID-19 key indicator turns yellow for the first time since July

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TORONTO – Senior Toronto public health official says she predicts there will be “some increases” in transmission of COVID-19 as “more and more people interact with each other” and resume activities that could have been “interrupted” earlier in the pandemic. The seven-day average of new COVID-19 infections in the city fell to a recent low of 15.9 earlier this month, but has slowly trended up since then and now stands at 25 after 31 more cases have been added on Monday.

As a result, the Toronto public have now downgraded the virus from the spread of the virus to yellow from green on their dashboard, suggesting that for the first time in over a month, there has been no 14-day sustained decrease in new cases.

Speaking to reporters at her weekly city hall briefing on Monday, Toronto’s medical officer of health Dr.Eileen de Villa said it was likely still inevitable that the number of cases would increase as a result of the lifting progressive restrictions by the province. in place at the start of the pandemic.

She said Torontonians will have a role to play in determining what happens next, however.

“The risk will increase as more and more people interact with each other. I think that is the simple reality of our situation, ”she said. “This is why this is so, so important that we continue to maintain these public health measures. As much as we are tired of doing it and as much as we all want to put this pandemic behind us and think of it as a thing of the past, the best way to make it happen is to continue to apply the public health measures we have. been doing for a few months. Washing your hands, watching your distance, wearing your masks and definitely staying home if you feel unwell, these are the types of activities that have helped us so far and the types of activities that we will continue to have need to deliver to us. a basis for the future. ”

No “risk-free scenario”

De Villa said that until there is a vaccine and effective treatments for COVID-19, there is unlikely to be a “zero risk scenario”, even if infections become less prevalent locally.

For this reason, she said residents should expect some fluctuation in the four key indicators tracked by Toronto Public Health, three of which remain in the green.

She also said residents should get used to living with the virus and, more importantly, use public health measures, like wearing masks and keeping a distance, to “mitigate the risks.”

“I know this pandemic has disrupted almost every aspect of our lives and I know we all feel COVID fatigue and we would like to put this pandemic behind us, but I also know that so many people in Toronto and around the world are living immeasurable experiences. losses as they mourn loved ones who have lost their lives due to this virus, ”she warned.

“We must remember that many jurisdictions had to back down after the reopening. I don’t want this to happen in our city and it doesn’t have to be.

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