Toronto Public Health is confirming that a person has tested positive for the first COVID-19 variant in the city’s shelter system.
Officials say the individual tested positive for the unnamed variant at the Maxwell Meighen Centre on Sherbourne Street, a city-funded shelter run by the Salvation Army.
TPH says further testing is underway to identify the variant. They did not specify whether a shelter user or staff member is the one who tested positive.
Currently, eight people at the shelter have tested positive for COVID-19 and all have been sent to isolate at a dedicated recovery site in the city.
Ontario has confirmed 301 cases of the COVID-19 variant across the province – 297 are of the UK variant, three of the South African variant and one of the Brazilian variant, which was found in a Toronto resident last weekend.
The news comes on the heels of confirmation that 43 clients and staff at Seaton House have also been diagnosed with COVID-19 since an outbreak was declared there back on Jan. 21st.
Other city-run shelter facilites dealing with COVID-19 outbreak include Dixon Hall, Warden Woods Community Centre and the Salvation Army.