Toronto Public Health confirms first three cases of Omicron variant in city by testing human blood
A total of three people have contracted the novel coronavirus in Toronto Public Health’s ongoing investigation, the agency confirmed today.
In a statement, the health agency confirmed three new cases of COVID-19, a virus that causes the disease COVID-19.
One of those cases is a woman who contracted the virus by having sexual contact with someone who had the virus.
The other two cases involve people who had the virus because they were close contacts of someone with the virus.
“In all cases, their risk or exposure to the infected person was likely very low,” Toronto Public Health said.
All three individuals “remained asymptomatic at the time of testing and are being monitored closely for symptoms.”
Toronto Public Health is asking people who may have come in contact with the three individuals to take the following steps:
Wash hands frequently, especially after going to the washrooms
Stay home when possible
If you come in contact with someone who later tests positive for the virus, stay home from work or school for 14 days, the agency advised.
Anyone who test positive should be told to call the health agency’s COVID-19 Hotline at 1-866-234-2345.
The agency also urged people who live with someone who is experiencing symptoms to isolate the infected person.
Toronto Public Health is asking people to report suspected COVID-19 cases. Anyone who suspects they have the virus should self-isolate for 14 days.
Infected individuals “should not go out in public unless their symptoms are mild and they are not at increased risk,” the health agency said.
This update follows Ontario’s stay-at-home directive, which expires on April 23.
Earlier today, Toronto Public Health updated its COVID-19 case count to 12, while the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province rose to 7,900.
In the province, the rate of confirmed cases rose from 2.2 per 100,000 people in the 14 days before to 6.3 per 100,000 people in the 14 days after the new coronavirus lockdown took effect. This week, the rate of