Toronto Public Health warns of possible COVID-19 exposures at two Elections Canada polling stations

Public health officials are warning residents of possible COVID-19 exposures at two Toronto polling stations during federal elections this month.

In a statement sent Thursday morning, Toronto Public Health said it is investigating two separate cases in the eastern part of the city at the following times and locations:

  • September 11-12 between 8 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Kingston Road United Church (975 Kingston Rd.)
  • September 20 from 9:30 am until voting and counting completed at Presteign Heights Elementary School (2570 St. Clair Ave. East)

“While the risk to the public remains low, TPH advises all who attended these settings to self-monitor and seek immediate evidence if they develop COVID-19 symptoms,” the statement said. “This applies to the public and staff, including those who are fully vaccinated.”

The statement said public health is tracking all known high-risk close contacts and that there is no “known risk” for those who attended those polling stations outside of specified hours.

The first exhibit was brought to the attention of TPH by Elections Canada and, despite being more than 10 days ago, the statement says they are naming the location “to be transparent and to ensure that the public is notified.”

Jennifer Pagliaro is a Toronto reporter covering city hall and city politics for The Star. Follow her on Twitter: @jpags

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