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City officials provide update as 4 residents die in COVID-19 outbreak at Mon Sheong Home for the Aged

Four residents of Mon Sheong Home for the Aged have died in a COVID-19 outbreak at  the downtown Toronto facility, officials there said Thursday.

Also known as D’Arcy Home, the facility is located near Dundas Street and University Avenue.

A COVID-19 outbreak was declared at the home in early April, staff said in a news release.

“The situation has aggravated quickly. Currently, there are 16 residents tested positive with four deaths. Two staff members have also been confirmed,” the release said.

Meanwhile, Toronto’s medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa and city officials are set to provide their daily update on COVID-19.

More than 1,500 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Toronto since the outbreak began several weeks ago.

Officials are expected to announce measures, which will be in place over the long Easter weekend, to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Toronto police have previously announced they are prepared to issue fines of up to $1,000 to people who violate a new physical distancing city bylaw enacted on April 2.

City announces mental health support strategy for residents

Meanwhile, Toronto has developed a mental health support strategy to support the mental health needs of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a press release Thursday, the city said measures put in place over the past three weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19 have created stress and anxiety for many individuals, which may be compounded by financial loss and loss of critical supports.

To assist residents experiencing stress and anxiety due to being isolated, quarantined with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, experiencing financial hardships or other mental health stressors, the city said it has partnered with key mental health service providers to support the mental wellbeing of Toronto’s most vulnerable residents during this time.

Residents can call 211 to access support and get connected to one of seven primary mental health service partners for direct phone support.

CBC

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