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Toronto releases coronavirus location-based data

Last Updated May 28, 2020 at 10:52 am EDT

Toronto has released data on what areas of the city have been most affected by the coronavirus.

The hardest hit parts of the city is the northwest area with the highest number of cases in Glenfield-Jane Heights with 286 cases.

The area with the least amount of cases is the Lambton-Baby Point neighbourhood with seven.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen De Villa said the data is based on where those who have caught COVID-19 live and does not necessarily reflect where they were exposed to the virus.

Dr. de Villa stressed she did not want those areas to be stigmatized and added that neighbourhoods with lower case numbers aren’t inherently safer from COVID-19.

She added the virus is present in every neighbourhood of Toronto.

Dr. de Villa said this information is important because it allows public health officials to “better inform our preventive actions, we can better identify where proactive testing might be helpful and we can take targeted action to reduce virus spread.”

Mayor John Tory said he believes releasing the information to the public will do far more good than harm.

“It is a reminder that COVID-19 is here. We must focus on supporting people affected by this terrible virus,” said Tory. “It will help us to make better decisions and to do more to help where that help is going to do the most good.”

“No person, young or old, is immune. No neighbourhood is immune,” he added.

The full interactive map can be found below. The maps will continue to be updated.

Toronto’s coronavirus case numbers increased by 152 on Wednesday to 10,525 with 7,814 not recovered. A total of 780 people have died.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story stated Scarborough-Rouge has the most coronavirus cases with 400, but a technical issue with the City of Toronto’s data caused the first map released to be incorrect. It has since been updated.