Canadian Minister of Health, Patty Hajdu, announced funding for projects across Ontario to operate COVID-19 isolation sites for people who have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it.
“Today we’re confirming an additional 23,7 million dollars in federal funding to operate isolation sites in regions such as Toronto, Peel, York and Durham and we’re finalizing the details for similar sites in Thunder Bay Windsor and other regions,” said Patty Hajdu.
According to the minister, there are current item rooms fully federally funded in Ontario. The funding will allow for an additional 16 hundred rooms to be created bringing the total to approximately 2,000 rooms in the province.
“Now, these rooms are going to be of great use for people that contract Covid-19 and watch and protect the members of their household from also contracting the disease,” noted Hajdu. “It’s really important that public health units work with their local municipalities and that they support citizens to properly isolate when they’ve been diagnosed with Covid-19 so that we can curtail the spread.”
The Government of Canada is providing a total of approximately $100 million in funding to municipalities and health regions to establish safe voluntary isolation sites across the country. This funding is part of Canada’s rapid response to the spread of COVID-19.