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COVID-19 outbreak at downtown Toronto homeless shelter is growing

Last Updated Feb 23, 2021 at 7:25 am EST

Exterior view of the Maxwell Meighen Centre, a shelter funded by the City of Toronto and operated by The Salvation Army. GOOGLE MAPS

A COVID-19 outbreak within a Toronto homeless shelter is growing.

The outbreak at Maxwell Meighen Centre was first declared three weeks ago and as of Monday, there are 29 cases, which have all screened positive for a variant of concern.

The shelter is across from Moss Park, near Queen Street East and Sherbourne Street.

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The City says all clients who have tested positive have been sent to a dedicated isolation-recovery site with supports to recover.

Prior to the pandemic, Maxwell Meighen had enough room for 363 homeless men, however, the number has been reduced to 256 during the pandemic to allow enough space for physical distancing.

The latest provincial numbers confirm 390 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first detected in the UK and nine cases of the B 1.351 variant first detected in South Africa.