43 tenants and workers at Toronto’s largest positive homeless shelter test for novel coronavirus, says the city. 20 residents have tested positive at Seaton House for COVID-19, officials say.
The city said that no variants of concern in the facility have been found. Measures introduced at the shelter include touch tracing of infected residents and staff members, screening for signs of COVID-19 by residents and staff members, better cleaning and ensuring that everybody wears masks indoors. Forty temporary shelters and hotel locations have been opened since January 21 to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The shelter is located between Sherbourne and Jarvis streets in the downtown center of Toronto, east of the downtown core. Seaton House used to have a capacity of more than 500 individuals, but early in the pandemic, the city reduced it to around 200.