July 10, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
To our valued supporters:
I hope that you and your loved ones continue to be safe and well during this difficult time. We appreciate your support and well wishes—it means so much to our youth and staff. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts.
Here is an update to keep you informed about our situation.
On July 6, Covenant House Toronto teamed up with Toronto Public Health and St. Michael’s Hospital’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre to conduct on-site COVID-19 testing of youth staying at Covenant House and our staff.
We set up a health bus and testing tent outside of our main location, and encouraged youth and staff to receive a test, even if they were asymptomatic. The team conducted 75 tests, and we are happy to report that all results came back negative.
Our goal was to test as many youth at Covenant House as possible in a single day to monitor for and detect COVID-19, especially asymptomatic cases. We are hopeful that this concerted effort will help prevent future positive cases by ensuring those affected can be immediately isolated and provided with medical care.
Going forward, we will continue to partner with Toronto Public Health to determine the frequency of universal testing at Covenant House.
Celebrating our staff expertise
I am exceedingly grateful to our on-site health care team, who have been instrumental in helping to keep our youth and staff safe and healthy throughout this pandemic.
I would also like to commend everyone at Covenant House for their cooperation in following our health and safety protocols.
Lastly, thank you to the teams at Toronto Public Health and St. Michael’s Hospital for leading us through this vital step in our fight against COVID-19.
A heartfelt thanks
Thank you to our generous donors for your incredible generosity throughout this crisis. Your support is making a difference. Please visit the News & Stories section of our website to learn how our staff and youth are faring thanks to your support.
I wish you, our valued supporters, a safe and healthy summer.