Toronto releases map showing neighbourhoods hardest hit by COVID-19

Henrietta Strickland
May 29, 2020

Toronto's northeast and northwest are the city's hardest-hit area for COVID-19, according to new data released by public health.

The neighbourhood with the most COVID-19 cases in Toronto is Rouge, in Scarborough, while the one with the least is Lambton Baby Point, in York, where there are only seven cases.

De Villa says the data should be used to encourage proactive testing in certain neighbourhoods and promote education, rather than stigmatizing the regions.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said the data is based on where those who have caught COVID-19 live and does not necessarily reflect where they were exposed to the virus.

Initially, people in Toronto acquired COVID-19 through travel.

"We all have a shared responsibility to not create unnecessary social, physical or other harms in our community", she said.

Comparatively, the well-to-do neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant East has seen only nine cases in three months, while Yonge and Eglinton has seen only eleven.

She also warned against assuming the map indicates parts of the city people should avoid.

"These cases are our friends, they are our colleagues and they are our family members".

"These maps are useful for informing our approach, but they must be taken in context", city councillor and Toronto Board of Health chair Joe Cressy wrote in a tweet.

De Villa has previously said that TPH analysis based on race-based and socio-economic data suggest that people in areas that have the highest proportion of lower income earners or the highest proportion of recent immigrants and high unemployment rates are experiencing higher rates of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

The maps will be updated regularly.

Toronto reported 152 cases of COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which is more than half all the new cases in Ontario.

"It was information that I requested she bring forward... on the basis that it would help us fight the spread of the virus and, just as importantly, to support neighbourhoods and people affected by the virus", he said.

As of Tuesday - the most up-to-date information available at press time - there are 10,525 cases in Toronto, 7,814 of which are considered recovered, and 780 fatalities.

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