Two City employees working at Alexandra Park Early Learning & Child Care Centre (ELCCC) have recently tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Due to operational factors, the City-operated child care centre will be temporarily closed while staff members self-isolate to monitor for symptoms and the children isolate at home and monitor for symptoms as a precaution. Rooms at the centre are being cleaned and sanitized during this closure. Alexandra Park Early Learning Child Care is located at 75 Augusta Sq. in a Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) building.
On February 25, a staff member in the preschool room at Alexandra Park ELCCC tested positive for COVID-19. On March 1, a second staff member at this location tested positive for the virus. As a result, children and staff members were asked to self-isolate and the preschool room was temporarily closed. A decision has since been made to temporarily close the entire centre due to operational factors. All licensed child care centres are required to maintain provincially-mandated child-to-staff member ratios.
The centre will reopen following Toronto Public Health’s advice and after cleaning is completed. The City is advising the public of this temporary closure in the interest of transparency.
Toronto Children’s Services has been carefully following Provincial and Toronto Public Health safety measures, which help to ensure that should there be an outbreak in one program, there is little risk to other programs at that centre.
These safety measures include:
• smaller group sizes where the same group of children and caregivers remain together for the duration of care
• daily screening of children and staff members
• children do not share items, such as crayons and toys, but have their own while at the program
• increased disinfection practices and limiting the number of people in the centres.
Any incidences in the child care sector are reported to the Province and posted on their website, along with outbreaks occurring in schools and long-term care homes. See www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-c
SOURCE City of Toronto