May 05, 2020
By Jane Brown
All signs suggest we here in Toronto and across Ontario are reducing the spread of COVID-19, but we’re not at the stage where restrictions can be relaxed.
The city’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, says in the early phase of this outbreak the number of new cases in Toronto was doubling approximately every four days.
“Now we see the number of cases in Toronto is doubling every seven days,” de Villa explained.
Dr. de Villa says the local curve is flattening, but we’re not yet seeing a steady decrease in the number of new cases or new hospitalizations each day. And she says this means, we have likely not completely passed the infection peak.
Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams, is also encouraged, but cautious.
Williams says we have not yet adequately disrupted community transmission.
All but 64 of the 1300 virus related deaths in Ontario were in patients 60 or older and approximately 900 of the deaths were in patients 80 and older.
Residents in long term care account for more than three-quarters of all deaths.
According to the latest provincial data, there are currently 212 COVID-19 outbreaks at long term care homes.
Among the hardest hit nursing homes, there have been 3 more virus related deaths at Hawthorne Place Long Term Care near Jane and Finch, bringing to 26 the total number of residents who’ve succumbed with COVID-19.
And one more resident at Eatonville Care Centre in Etobicoke has died for a total of 40 deaths during a COVID-19 outbreak. The good news at Eatonville is that most of the 142 residents who tested positive, no longer have symptoms.