May 11, 2020
City officials have reported Toronto’s first COVID-19 death of a person who had used its emergency shelter system for homeless people.
A man in his 50s died in hospital on May 8 after he had stayed at Dixon Hall School House emergency shelter, Dr. Eileen de Villa, the Toronto’s medical officer of health, said at a daily news briefing on Monday. The man had been admitted to Etobicoke General Hospital on April 21.
De Villa said there had been an outbreak at the shelter in April before the man died but it had been declared over on May 5. All shelter residents were tested for COVID-19, she said.