The Canadian government is funding the establishment of a new volunteer self-isolation centre in Toronto, according to an announcement on Friday from Canada’s Minister of Health Patty Hajdu and Toronto Mayor John Tory.
The federal government is providing $13.9 million in funding over 12 months for Toronto Public Health to establish the self-isolation centre, which will consist of about 140 rooms to allow people a safe place to voluntarily self-isolate.
“As we work together to keep COVID-19 under control, this new site will help those for whom it’s simply not possible to limit close contacts and self-isolate effectively at home,” Hajdu said in a statement.
Self-isolation when you have symptoms is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of #COVID19, but for some people this isn’t possible at home. Today, I announced funding to provide Canadians in Toronto with a safe place to self-isolate. https://t.co/JQRFOmrCxA pic.twitter.com/ygsGKrYBhR
— Patty Hajdu (@PattyHajdu) September 11, 2020
Toronto is Canada’s densest populated urban centre, which can make it difficult for some people to properly self-isolate when they need to.
As of Sept. 10, Toronto has a total of 16,535 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,176 deaths, and 14,845 recoveries.
“Today’s announcement of funding for the isolation site is another step forward in our response to the pandemic,” Tory said. “Isolation centres have proven to be successful in helping stop the spread of the virus. By providing this service for residents who are not able to properly self-isolate we can ensure that families do not have to put each other at risk.”
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Health Canada advised Canadians to avoid closed places, crowded spaces, and close contact, and to stay home and away from others if you feel sick.
Health Canada also said that a person has to isolate themselves if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are awaiting the result of a test, have symptoms of the virus, have been in contact who has or it suspected of having the virus, have been told that they may have been exposed, or if they have returned from travel outside of the country.