Toronto Public Health reports first COVID-19 variant case in homeless shelter

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Toronto Public Health says a case of a COVID-19 variant has surfaced in a city homeless shelter.

Officials provided few details about the case, which was identified at a city-funded shelter run by the Salvation Army.

They say there are currently eight active cases at the facility, but say only one case involving a variant has been identified so far.

They did not specify whether a shelter user or staff member tested positive for the variant.

The health unit says Public Health Ontario is conducting tests to identify which variant has emerged.

It says site-wide testing for staff and clients is ongoing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 13, 2021.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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