Toronto East Health Network Community Resources for COVID-19

Toronto East Health Network (TEHN) offers the following COVID-19 related resources:

COVID-19 Outreach Centres

Our community COVID-19 Outreach Centres offer drop-in COVID-19 testing, vaccines and other supports, including child-friendly testing and assessments. Children who visit these sites receive an oral-nasal swab, which is less invasive than the traditional NP swab. Physicians and nurses are available to answer your questions and concerns. See all locations and hours: tehn.ca/CovidOutreachCentres.

Back-to-School Supports

Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) and partners, including East Toronto Family Practice Network (EasT-FPN), are helping to ensure a safe school year for our community by offering the following supports: take-home COVID-19 testing kits, COVID-19 Outreach Centres, a family-friendly testing and assessment zone, wraparound supports and more. Learn more about our COVID-19 school supports.

Homebound Vaccination Visits 

ETHP is visiting individuals who are homebound to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This helps eligible individuals who are unable to visit a pop-up clinic or COVID-19 Outreach Centre.

To be eligible for a homebound vaccination visit, individuals must: be 65 year of age or older, have medical conditions or mobility issues, and/or have difficulty or challenges leaving their home or visiting a local vaccine clinic, and live in MGH’s catchment area.

Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria may submit a request at tehn.ca/HomeboundVaccine.

Letter to Property Managers

The following letter was sent to Thorncliffe Park Property Managers by Councillor Jaye Robinson

September 22, 2021

To: Thorncliffe Park Property Managers
Cc: Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health
Re: COVID-19 Protocols and Elevator Management Strategies in Thorncliffe Park
Dear Property Manager,

As the new school year gets underway and cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Toronto, we must take all the necessary precautions to slow the spread and keep our communities safe. Throughout the pandemic, physical distancing measures have been critical to our overall strategy to protect public health. Today, I’m urging you to develop a comprehensive strategy to manage the flow of residents entering and exiting your buildings – in hallways, stairwells, common spaces, and elevators – to ensure the safety of Thorncliffe Park residents.

In particular, my office has received numerous phone calls and emails from residents concerned about COVID-19 spreading in busy elevators. As you know, there is a significant uptick in elevator demand during peak school hours. Given the dense populations residing in local high-rise apartment buildings, I wholeheartedly support the Thorncliffe Park community’s request for a plan to minimize crowding, ensure physical distancing, and manage the demand for elevators.

The following measures should be considered in your elevator management strategy, as recommended by Toronto Public Health:

• Restrictions on the number of passengers to manage crowding during peak hours;
• Improved communication with residents (e.g., maintaining Toronto Public Health signage);
• Processes for increased cleaning of frequently-touched surfaces (e.g., elevator buttons);
• Enforcement of Municipal By-Law 541-2020 regarding masks and face coverings;
• Priority for residents with physical or mobility impairments;
• Plans for elevator maintenance to ensure efficient transportation of residents and address any operational issues; and
• Maintenance of alternative circulation pathways (i.e., stairwells).

While the Province and local school boards are overseeing the back-to-school plan, property managers are responsible for ensuring safety within common spaces in their buildings. Stringent protocols must be in place – both inside and outside the classroom – to support our school community during the ongoing public health situation. Elevator crowding prevention plans in densely populated, high-rise apartment neighbourhoods are a critical component of these efforts.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Sincerely,
Jaye Robinson
City Councillor
Ward 15 – Don Valley West

City Hall, 100 Queen Street West 2nd Floor, Suite A12
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2
Tel: 416-395-6408
Fax: 416-395-6439
councillor_robinson@toronto.ca
http://www.jayerobinson.ca @jayerobinson

Great news – 0 new COVID-19 cases in Thorncliffe Park in last 3 weeks

From CBC article:

Thorncliffe Park, one of the neighbourhoods hardest hit by COVID-19 in Toronto, has not detected a single case in the last three weeks. 

“It’s such an amazing thing to see cases get to zero in certain neighbourhoods where it was daunting for so long,” said Dr. Andrew Boozary, executive director of social medicine at the University Health Network.

“I hope we can build on these learned lessons as opposed to some semblance of premature victory that we’ve seen in other jurisdictions that comes with real costs.” 

Read the full article here on CBC.ca.