Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on April 1

WATCH ABOVE: Toronto officials announce more strict health measure enforcements for the city to combat COVID-19.

Here is a roundup of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Wedesday:

8 dead at east-end Toronto nursing home

The City of Toronto is responding to a massive coronavirus outbreak at one of its nursing homes, leaving eight residents dead and 69 residents and staff being listed as having confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19.

According to an update provided by Toronto Public Health officials on Wednesday, six of the eight residents at Seven Oaks Nursing Home who died were over 85 years old. The other two were between the ages of 60 and 85.

Toronto officials increase measures amid worsening pandemic

Toronto officials are taking steps to increase health measures in response to the worsening coronavirus pandemic, as the city has seen a 500 per cent increase in the number of cases over the past two weeks. Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s chief medical officer of health, implemented a number of measures that will take effect immediately Wednesday for up to 12 weeks.

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Markhaven Home for Seniors confirms death 

York Region has confirmed that a 95-year-old woman at Markhaven Home for Seniors in Markham has died. They added that test results are pending to determine if COVID-19 was the cause of death.

Metrolinx confirms two more cases of COVID-19

Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said two Metrolinx staff — in the rail operations and capital divisions — have tested positive for the virus. The two employees are recovering at home and have been in self-isolation from first exposure and since the agency’s work from home policy on March 16.

Aikins added that no other staff or clients or riders on public transit were at risk of transmission given their two-week self-isolation.

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Free parking for University Health Network staff

A spokesperson for the University Health Network (UHN) told Global News anonymous donors and the network’s foundations have stepped forward to pay for staff parking for a month on UHN-owned lots.

“We are in the process of working through the details of how this will work but staff were informed yesterday about this generous offer,” the spokesperson said.

UHN locations include Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, among other facilities.

CN Tower being lit blue to pay tribute to health care workers

CN Tower staff announced as of Wednesday, the tower will be lit blue at the top of each hour to pay tribute to health care personnel and essential workers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bottom of each hour will see a rainbow-coloured light show as a “symbol of strength, unity and hope.”

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Starting tonight the CN Tower will be lit blue at the top of each hour in solidarity with health care and other essential workers who are working tirelessly to keep us safe. Watch for more to come soon.


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