Toronto Public Health warning patrons of downtown cafe of possible exposure to Omicron variant of COVID-19


Last confirmed suspect for GTA Omicron The cases include an employee of a downtown Toronto café, prompting public health authorities to warn customers of possible exposure to COVID-19 alternative.

The warning applies to everyone who visits Small coffee and wine At 111 John Street, this past weekend between 9 p.m. November 26 and 2 a.m. November 27, and between 9 p.m. November 27 and 2 a.m. November 28.

“The case associated with this institution is under investigation by TPH as a suspected case of the Omicron variant, due to the individual’s recent travel history to South Africa,” Toronto Public Health said Friday in a press release.

“There is no danger to anyone attending the establishment outside of these dates and times,” the public health agency said, adding that it is calling the cafe worker’s close contacts and asking them to self-isolate for 10 days and get tested.

Restaurants serving indoor dining demand, less than County Legislation, to collect contact information for pioneers but Small coffee and wine No such record was kept.

TPH, “out of great caution,” is asking anyone who attended the cafe during those times to be immediately tested and monitored for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days after visiting the cafe, and to self-isolate if symptoms develop.

Researchers around the world are racing to discover whether Omicron is more contagious than the Delta strain that now dominates COVID-19, and whether a new variant is better than Delta at overcoming defenses against the virus provided by vaccines.

Cafe owner Brian Connelly said his entire vaccinated staff had thoroughly checked the vaccination status and identification of diners, swabbing surfaces, but acknowledged that they did not collect diners’ contact information.

He said he mistakenly believes that locally issued QR codes, which some people use in place of paper vaccination certificates, automatically record contact data.

“There are hundreds of places across town that don’t do half the things we do,” Donnelly said. “We try to follow everything by the book but there was one thing we didn’t do – it’s hard, man, for small businesses.”

He added that the cafe remains open but that all employees who work with the person infected with COVID-19 are subject to isolation for 10 days.

“The vast majority” of restaurants follow protocols, including recording patron information but “sometimes there are unintended errors,” said Tony Ellenes, chief executive of the Ontario Restaurant and Hotels Association.

On concerns about the Omicron variant, Elenis said: “It’s too early to know the impact on our industry. We’ve been through this with the delta variant (now dominant).

“I think it’s a big bump in the road, not a roadblock.”

As public health officials from various agencies have urged all eligible residents to be fully vaccinated for maximum protection from infection and serious illness, the new local Omicron cases include a child in the York area.

York health authorities said “the case is linked to travel from the South African region. The young man, who is not 12 years old from Vaughan, returned to Canada” on Monday and has been isolated at home since then.

This comes after the news Thursday of The first cases of Omicron in GTA Durham resident and Halton resident, both travel related recently.

The Durham resident works at the East Toronto Detention Center in Scarborough where officials have reported that four inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

TPH officials said Friday they are waiting for test results to see if inmates have the Omicron variant.

David Rider He is the bureau chief for Star’s City Hall and a reporter covering city council and municipal politics. Follow him on Twitter: Tweet embed

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