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City of Toronto releases geographic information on local COVID-19 cases:

There are 10,525 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 152 cases since yesterday. There are 356 cases in hospital, with 84 in ICU. In total, 7,814 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 187 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 780 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. 

Today, the City released geographic information on COVID-19 cases in Toronto to help fight the spread of this virus in the city. By knowing where those impacted by COVID-19 live, and by assessing other important risk factors, Toronto Public Health is better able to inform preventive actions, identify where proactive testing can be helpful and take action to reduce virus spread. 

The maps reflect where individuals live, and do not necessarily reflect where they were initially exposed to this virus. Areas with lower rates of COVID-19 cases are not necessarily safer and do not pose less of a risk of infection. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform at toronto.ca/…/covid-19-l…/covid-19-status-of-cases-in-toronto

Read the full release here: https://www.toronto.ca/…/m…/news-releases-media-advisories/…


City of Toronto planning for expressway closure, accelerated road construction and ActiveTO this weekend:

This weekend, the Gardiner Expressway will be fully closed from Highway 427 to the Don Valley Parkway for annual maintenance and improvement activities, the intersection of Richmond Street East and Church Street is fully closed for construction, and there will be closures in place for people to practise physical distancing while being physically active on Bayview Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East. 

The City’s T.O. INview map shows planned capital construction work taking place across the city. T.O. Inview can be accessed at toronto.ca/inview

Major Road Closures for ActiveTO: 

To help stop the spread of COVID-19 while allowing for residents to be outside and get exercise, vehicle access on parts of some major roads will be closed for walking, running and biking again this Saturday and Sunday. 

The following major road closures are planned this weekend from Saturday, May 30 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 31 at 11 p.m.: 

• Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Coxwell Avenue to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue) 
• Bayview Avenue from Mill Street to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue 

More information and details about ActiveTO are available at toronto.ca/activeTO.

As previously announced, construction at the intersection of Richmond Street and Church Street has been accelerated and will remain fully closed to all vehicle traffic as crews replace TTC streetcar tracks. 

Read the full release here: https://www.toronto.ca/…/m…/news-releases-media-advisories/…

City of Toronto to resume waste bin exchanges and reopen all closed drop-off depots:

Requests to upsize or downsize a recycling or garbage bin can now be made by calling 311. Requests for a new garbage, recycling or green bin, additional bin or bin repair can also be made by calling 311. 

Beginning Monday, June 1, all Drop-Off Depots will reopen to the general public. They will operate on regular hours, with the exception of Bermondsey and Ingram Transfer Stations, which will only be open to the public on weeknights and Saturday mornings. The hours for these are as follows: 

• Bermondsey: Monday to Thursday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. with a half-hour closure from 11:30 pm to midnight, Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
• Ingram: Monday to Friday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. with a half-hour closure from 11:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Registered account holders can continue to bring material at any time during operating hours. All locations will accept the regular list of materials including household hazardous waste. Compost pickup will not be available at any Drop-Off Depot. 

Read the full release here: https://www.toronto.ca/…/m…/news-releases-media-advisories/…

Toronto City Council meeting to occur virtually May 28:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto City Council will meet virtually tomorrow, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. The first virtual Council Meeting was held on April 30. 

City Council will meet using an online video conferencing platform. The public can view the live stream of the meeting at youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive

The City Manager’s report on the ongoing COVID-19 emergency response activities and the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild is on the agenda and can be found at app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do…

The full agenda, which includes urgent items only, can be found online at toronto.ca/council

Read the full release here: https://www.toronto.ca/…/m…/news-releases-media-advisories/…

City of Toronto opens eighth emergency child care centre for essential and critical service worker:

The City of Toronto has received authorization from the Province of Ontario to open another licensed child care centre to provide care for the children of essential and critical service workers. Like the first seven centres, this new centre is in an existing City-run licensed child care facility and staffed by City of Toronto child care workers. 

The new child care centre is now open and is located at Blake Street Early Learning & Child Care Centre, 84 Blake St. in the East York community. 

Emergency child care services are reserved exclusively for children of essential and critical service workers identified in the Province of Ontario’s “List of Workers Eligible for Emergency Child Care,” who have no other alternatives. The safest option for families is to have children remain at home, if possible. 

A complete list of workers eligible for emergency child care, which was updated on April 17, is available at ontario.ca/page/child-care-health-care-and-frontline-staff

Read the full release here: https://www.toronto.ca/…/m…/news-releases-media-advisories/…

Here’s what you need to know:

I will be posting the latest links to news and updates, on the COVID-19 pandemic, daily. While social media can be a tremendous tool for communication, it can also raise concerns and anxiety unnecessarily for some. 

If you are working to limit exposure to the endless information stream, you can count on my updates for consistent and accurate links, updated daily, to current news from all levels of government. 

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Provincial

Federal

Global

Social Media Resources

We recognize that this is a challenging and difficult time for every Torontonian, as each day brings new issues and decisions. With our national, provincial and municipal organization focused on dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak and we applaud their efforts.

For related posts, visit my public facebook page. It’s updated regularly and you do not need to be a member to view the following sites.

Other Credible Social Media Accounts
Local:
• City of Toronto
• https://twitter.com/cityoftoronto
• Toronto Public Health:
• https://twitter.com/TOPublicHealth
• Dr. de Villa:
• https://twitter.com/epdevilla
• TFS Chief Pegg:
• https://twitter.com/ChiefPeggTFS
• Mayor John Tory:
• https://twitter.com/JohnTory
• Brad Ross:
• https://twitter.com/bradrossTO
• https://www.facebook.com/cityofto/• https://www.instagram.com/cityofto/ Provincial:
• Government of Ontario:
• https://twitter.com/ONgov
• Public Health Ontario:
• https://twitter.com/ONThealth
• Premier Ford:
• https://twitter.com/fordnation
• Minister of Health Christine Elliot:
• https://twitter.com/celliottability
• Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management:
• https://twitter.com/OntarioWarnings
• https://twitter.com/alertesontario

Federal:
• Prime Minister Trudeau:
• https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau
• https://twitter.com/CanadianPM
• Dr. Theresa Tam:
• https://twitter.com/CPHO_Canada
• Minister of Health Canada Patty Hajdu:
• https://twitter.com/PattyHajdu
• Federal Public Service:
• https://twitter.com/pspc_spac
• Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada:
• https://twitter.com/GovCanHealth
• Global Affairs Canada:
• https://twitter.com/GAC_Corporate

Report a street light outage

Have you found a street light that’s not functioning properly? Now you can report it directly to Toronto Hydro using this link. To report any street light you’ve noticed that’s not working, click the preceding link and follow the step-by-step on-screen instructions. Once you submit your report, Toronto Hydro will work on getting it fixed, but remember: some repairs take longer than others depending on the weather conditions and parts needed.

Ecological Health Treatment at McCowan District Park

As part of Urban Forestry’s natural area management program to help improve the ecological health of the city’s natural areas, pesticide will be used in McCowan District Park. This will be done in order to control invasive plant species. The work is expected to commence November 12 2019 and will take approximately 1 day to complete depending on weather conditions

Application will be completed by licensed City of Toronto staff.  Information signage will be posted, along with the standard warning signage, to provide more information to park users.  Warning signage will be posted 24 hours before treatment and will be removed 48 hours following treatment, according to MOE guidelines. For more information, please see the attached Fact Sheet which describes the species being treated, and Briefing Note that explains the pesticides being used.