Feds invest $13.9M for voluntary self-isolation centre in Toronto
The centre will have approximately 140 rooms for voluntary self-isolation
TORONTO — On Sept. 11, the Government of Canada announced $13.9 million in funding over 12 months for Toronto Public Health to establish a voluntary self-isolation centre.
The centre, located in Toronto, will have approximately 140 rooms for voluntary self-isolation.
“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,” said Patty Hajdu, minister of Health, in a prepared statement
Preliminary data from Toronto Public Health and Public Health Ontario reveal that lower-income neighbourhoods have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Individuals from these neighbourhoods may have more difficulty properly isolating themselves. Through its case and contact management process, Toronto Public Health will identify individuals to be offered transfer to the isolation site on a voluntary basis, based on eligibility criteria recommended by the Ontario Medical Officer of Health.
Individuals will be provided with lodging, including bedding and other necessities, daily meals and incidentals, and daily check-ins by phone from a Toronto Public Health Communicable Disease Investigator.