Here is how people in Toronto are getting COVID-19

As the city confirms a record-high single-day increase, local survey data shows 21 per cent of cases had visitors or visited a private home

As Toronto reports a record high single-day increase in COVID-19 cases for a second straight day, the city has released survey data on how people are contracting the virus.

Earlier this morning, provincial public health officials reported a single-day increase of 727 new COVID-19 infections in Toronto. Later in the day, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Eileen de Villa said local data showed an even higher count: 761.

The virus is now spreading at an “alarming rate” in the city, according to a tweet from Toronto Public Health.

“Today’s case counts are a blunt warning,” de Villa said in a statement. “COVID-19 continues to spread easily and widely. It is a warning that everyone at every age shares the risk of infection, just as all of us have the ability to reduce the risk through the actions and choices we take in the next several weeks.”

She explained that although cases are trending “upward” in Toronto, today’s numbers are likely infections acquired prior to November 23 when Ontario moved the city and Peel Region into lockdown.

De Villa also broke down how people in Toronto are getting COVID-19.

Based on data analysis from Toronto Public Health’s newly launched Source of Infection Survey, one in five Torontonians (21 per cent of responding COVID-19 cases) said they had people visit their home or went inside someone else’s home where there were 10 people or less during the period they contracted the virus.

The majority of cases reporting close contact with a known case said they caught it from a spouse or partner (21 per cent). The next most common relationships for close contact cases were friends (16 per cent) and co-workers (16 per cent).

“In total, 35 per cent of cases reporting close contact indicated that their close contact with known cases were only non-household contacts,” de Villa said. “This underscores guidance to keep contact within your household.”

Public health officials have advised people to limit contacts to people within their households in recent weeks.

In the past 24 hours, 13 more people in Toronto have been admitted to hospital, de Villa said. The total number of COVID-19 patients in Toronto hospitals is 258 and there are 49 people in intensive care – up by one since Monday.

Fifty-seven per cent of today’s 761 cases are people between the ages of 20 and 49 years. Of those, 167 reported cases are among people ages 20 to 29 years, 154 are people between 30 and 39, and 112 are aged 40 to 49 years.

As of December 1, Toronto’s moving seven-day average for new cases is 454.

The city’s reproductive number is 1.1. The reproductive number indicates the average number of people that will contract a contagious disease from one infected person.


Comments (1)

  • Andrew December 1, 2020 08:40 PM

    When Toronto Public Health quotes deaths to data and COVID cases why is the question never asked how many people are expected to die on average this year and how many people actually have. Also they provided a detailed break down of cases by age but why not hospitalizations. Also how many cases of the flu are there and how many cases do we usually experience. How same on deaths for this year.

    I have to say I used to think of Now as having a liber leaning editorial stance but I read it now because you present the least sensationalized COVID-19 reposting I have seen. Thank you.

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