By now, everyone should know that if you test positive for COVID-19, you need to isolate at home and avoid contact with other people.
However, that’s easier said than done for some people and families, especially in large urban areas like Toronto.
Some people who need to isolate may have roommates, others might live in communal housing with some shared amenities.
With that in mind, the City of Toronto has opened their first voluntary COVID-19 isolation site.
It provides a safe, comfortable place for people to self-isolate, especially if it is hard for them to do so at home.
Although almost anyone can use the site, it’s mostly aimed at those who don’t live alone.
You can also take advantage of the site if you live in a multi-generational home with older family members or if someone in your home is considered high-risk.
The city says the centre will provide space for up to 140 people, offering them their own private room, meals and daily contact with public health officials.
It’s operated by public health and uses an unoccupied hotel building for accommodations.
Health department staff will identify people who qualify for a stay through the case and contact management process, based on the individual’s specific needs.
The federal government is funding the centre with an investment of $13.9-million over 12 months.
“We are doing everything possible as a city to support our residents during this ongoing pandemic,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “Opening this site is an important step forward and a clear indication of what we can do if we work together with other levels of government. I want to thank Toronto Public Health for working to get this site up and running. Thank you to the people who will voluntarily use this site for doing the right thing to protect their families, their neighbours and our city.”
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— Toronto Public Health (@TOPublicHealth) September 12, 2020