Toronto announces new measures aimed at curbing spread of COVID-19 in workplaces

TORONTO — The City of Toronto will now publicly identify the location of some COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces as it seeks to improve transparency amid a surge in infections.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa announced the change during a briefing at city hall on Monday afternoon.

She said that starting today Toronto Public Health will release the location of workplace outbreaks on a weekly basis in circumstances where there is “sustained transmission” and “the workplace is large enough that the risk of privacy concerns are mitigated.”

She said that Toronto Public Health will also be providing more detailed information about the sectors where outbreaks are being reported.

Previously, Toronto Public Health grouped all workplaces together but going forward it will put them into 11 different categories, including grocery stores, pharmacies, food processing sites, warehousing, shipping and distribution, construction and manufacturing.

“I believe this kind of transparency and public accountability will help encourage employers to do everything they can to protect their workers and it will help give everyone a better indication of where the COVID-19 virus is spreading in our community,” she said in making the announcement.

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