Sep 03, 2020
By Jane Brown
Ahead of the Labour Day weekend, Toronto’s chief medical officer of health is urging the city’s residents not to bend the rules and burst their social bubbles.
Doctor Eileen de Villa is warning the choices people make during this long weekend have the potential to affect all of us in the weeks and months ahead.
“It isn’t a matter of if we’ll see more COVID-19 activity in our city, it’s a matter of when,” de Villa stated during her Wednesday afternoon briefing, “I’m concerned because this is what we’re now starting to see.”
Doctor de Villa says we are seeing more COVID-19 infections in Toronto as a result of people choosing not to follow public health advice.
In fact, she says the city has identified a number of new COVID-19 infections resulting from people socializing indoors without masks and in close proximity to one another.
Provincial health staff confirmed 133 new cases of the virus Wednesday, the second highest daily count since July.
Of those cases, 48 were in Toronto, bringing to 123 the number of infections in Toronto this week alone.
Meantime, Canada’s top doctor is offering advice for those having sex with someone new.
In a statement, Doctor Theresa Tam advises to not kiss, avoid face to face closeness, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose, and monitor yourself and your partner for symptoms ahead of any sexual activity.
She adds, “going solo remains the lowest risk sexual option during a pandemic.”