Coronavirus: Toronto synagogue temporarily closes after member tests positive for COVID-19

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A synagogue in Toronto has temporarily shut its doors after a member of its congregation tested positive for the new coronavirus.

“Last week, one of Beth Sholom Synagogue’s lay leadership exhibited flu-like symptoms,” a statement from the synagogue, located near Allen Road and Eglinton Avenue, read.

“He had himself tested, and it showed positive for COVID-19. As a result, he was placed into a 14-day quarantine, where he currently remains at home and is showing signs of recovery. This member has not been to the synagogue since his diagnosis.”

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The organization said on Facebook that the building would be closed on Monday and Tuesday.

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“The synagogue has been closed for a thorough sanitizing of the building. When this is completed, the building will reopen and services will resume,” the statement said.

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“Out of an abundance of caution, given the health concerns, we have cancelled our Purim celebrations, events and general operations, as other Toronto faith-based organizations have done recently … The religious leadership, along with the synagogue’s volunteer lay leadership, are at home under self-isolation in order to protect the well-being of the community.”

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Anyone who is coughing, sneezing or feeling sick is being encouraged to avoid going to the building.

Meanwhile, Ontario’s Ministry of Health confirmed three additional cases of COVID-19 on Monday morning, bringing the provincial total to 34.

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