Coronavirus: COVID-19 hits 2 shelters in Toronto, 5-year-old boy among those infected – Toronto


Two Toronto shelters have been affected by an outbreak of COVID-19, and a five-year-old boy staying at one of those shelters has tested positive for the virus.Eva’s Satellite in North York reported two cases on Sunday, according to data provided by the city, with the outbreak initially reported on August 23.

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One of the COSTI refugee shelters – there are many around Toronto – reported four cases, including one involving a five-year-old boy. The exact location of the shelter was not provided by Executive Director Mario Calla, who would only confirm that it was an eastern location. The outbreak was first reported on August 26.

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“Eva’s is operating under all City of Toronto COVID-19 protocols and shelter standards,” a statement provided by the shelter said Tuesday. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we took immediate action to reduce the risk of transmission in our shelters, including increasing the frequency of our cleaning schedules and ensuring effective hand hygiene.

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The shelter, which houses people between the ages of 16 and 24, said anyone with symptoms was sent for “immediate screening” and had created isolation zones inside the shelter.

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