Statement from Councillor Nunziata on the number of COVID-19 cases in York South—Weston
With the City’s release of geographic information on COVID-19 cases, we now have a visual demonstration of the disparaging impact of this pandemic amongst Toronto’s communities. While COVID-19 is present in every neighbourhood in Toronto, it is evident that areas with higher portions of multi-unit residences and lower median household incomes have higher concentrations of reported cases than other neighbourhoods.
This is a reality for neighbourhoods in York South—Weston. Weston and Beechborough-Greenbrook have been identified as two of Toronto’s top three neighbourhoods with the most COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. I am concerned about these numbers and the impact they could have on residents and local service providers.
Today, the Government of Ontario announced that the province is expanding testing for the general public, frontline workers and workplaces including mitigation efforts such as setting up local mobile testing teams in affected neighbourhoods.
I have written to Premier Ford today requesting assistance from the Province of Ontario for York South—Weston in the form of local testing capacity, reusable masks for the community and personal protective equipment for service providers.
By knowing where those impacted by COVID-19 live, we should be able to inform where proactive testing can be helpful. I am working with my colleagues at the City to identify how the geographic data translates into action from Toronto Public Health to address the local reality and reduce the spread of the virus.
I would like to remind everyone that the most effective way to protect yourself from contracting COVID-19 is to maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres (six feet) from others, to wash your hands regularly with soap and water or the use of hand sanitizer, and to avoid touching your face. Wearing a face mask can also help to reduce your ability to spread the virus to others.