Toronto to publicly report more data on COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces


TORONTO — The City of Toronto will publicly share more information about COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces in a bid to encourage employers to take greater precautions during the pandemic.

The measure was announced Monday along with stricter guidelines for employers reporting cases among their staff.

“We know the fight is far from over and spread is happening in workplaces,” Mayor John Tory said.

“I believe this kind of transparency and public accountability will help to encourage employers to do everything they can to protect their workers and it will help give everyone a better indication of where the COVID-19 virus is spreading in our community.”

City officials reported 974 new COVID-19 infections in Toronto on Monday.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said the data on workplace outbreaks will be updated weekly and broken down by workplace type.

It won’t compromise individuals’ privacy, though de Villa noted that privacy concerns may limit the amount of detail the city can provide in some situations.

Criteria for disclosing data on an outbreak includes the portion of infected staff, duration of the outbreak and whether the setting is large enough to mitigate privacy concerns.

De Villa said businesses must immediately notify public health when they become aware of two or more infected employees, designate a contact person to correspond with public health, and implement all recommended measures.