City of Toronto update on COVID-19

COVID-19 Update

The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. Today, Mayor John Tory provided an update on the City’s measures to prevent the spread of the virus and efforts to vaccinate all Torontonians in accordance with the Province of Ontario’s vaccine rollout.

The City’s goal is to have every available vaccination appointment at our City-operated clinics filled as part of a collective effort to get as many Torontonians vaccinated as quickly as possible. Today, the City announced the available appointments at our clinics over the next week to remind eligible seniors to book an appointment and encourage those who know eligible seniors to help them to book an appointment.

The City’s daily clinic capacity directly affects daily vaccine inventory ordering and preparation. The number of appointments booked and expected every day match the vaccine that is available to be administered at a specific site. In addition, vaccine expiry dates are considered in the planning of clinic operations and there are proactive strategies in place to ensure no vaccine doses are spoiled. This strategy involves directly working with our healthcare partners and the Provincial Vaccine Distribution Taskforce to ensure that vaccine allocations are available when needed and that any unused doses as a result of missed appointments are reallocated and administered to people who are eligible within the provincial prioritization framework.

Today, the Province of Ontario announced it will be adjusting public health measures for certain activities in the Grey – Lockdown Zone of the provincial COVID-19 response framework. Based on the Province’s announcement, the City understands that amendments impacting outdoor fitness classes and training, and wedding, funeral and religious services, rites and ceremonies will come into effect on Monday, March 29 at 12:01 a.m. Amendments to permit limited personal care services, including haircuts, will come into effect on Monday, April 12 at 12:01 a.m. A backgrounder, Ontario Adjusting Public Health Measures for Activities in Grey-Lockdown Level, with details on the Province’s changes for Toronto and other regions the Grey – Lockdown Zone is available on the Province’s website: The City is reviewing the announcement and will be updating with the latest information over the coming days when the Province shares the updated regulation.

Since the start of the pandemic there have been a total of 108,991 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 741 new cases today. There are 281 people hospitalized. To date, there have been 2,773 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. In total, 100,267 people have recovered. Case status data can be found on the Toronto Public Health’s reporting dashboard:

As Toronto continues the rollout of mass immunization, to reduce and eliminate the transmission of COVID-19, protect the healthcare system and save lives, the City continues to urge all residents to stay home as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Please review the City’s simple “Dos” and “Don’ts” guide for recommended and mandatory public health measures under provincial regulations and City bylaws:

SOURCE  City of Toronto

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