Our communities in Toronto Centre live in the most densely populated riding in all of Canada.
You have done so much to be vigilant — you are taking as many precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and I am so grateful.
I’m also worried about the numbers — Ontario's confirmed cases of COVID-19 are remaining regularly above 400/day instead of declining the way they have in other provinces. And the Greater Toronto Area is remaining a hot-spot for community spread.
Graph from Public Health Ontario below showing that daily cases in Ontario are remaining higher than many hoped by this time.
Map from Public Health Ontario showing that Toronto has more COVID-19 cases than surrounding regions (you can click on the image to see the Ontario Public Health data tool yourself).
What happened in Trinity Bellwoods Park over the weekend must not happen again. If you are struggling to talk to members of your community about taking pandemic precautions seriously, I want to share this article with strategies for convincing someone to act, published by the CBC.
Getting our numbers down requires individual and collective action. That is why I am calling on the government to:
- increase testing and contact tracing — you can watch me asking a question about Ontario's low testing numbers last week here
- fund affordable and emergency housing so that the homeless can practice physical distancing
- implement mandatory rules rather than optional guidelines to protect workers
Even though some businesses are re-opening, now is not the time to let down our guard. The sooner we can curb community spread in Ontario, the sooner our businesses and workers can re-open the economy in a way that is safe.
So today, I’m asking you to continue wearing a mask when in public places, wash your hands frequently, maintain physical distancing, and if you are exhibiting symptoms or have come into contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 — please get tested.
Your closest assessment centre for COVID-19 is either Women’s College Hospital or St. Michael's Hospital. You can see all assessment centres in Toronto here.
If you are concerned you have COVID-19 and would like to get tested at Women’s College, please fill out this form first. You can use this online registration form if you are symptomatic, asymptomatic but concerned about exposure to known or potential cases, or have risk from exposure in line of duty (essential workers, health care workers, etc…) The link for St. Michael's Hospital testing centre is here.
Women’s College Hospital has more information and community resources available on their website here.
We can flatten the curve — and to flatten the curve we must continue to do our part.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call my office at 416-972-7683. If you are feeling isolation and need community support — we will connect you!