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Toronto Public Health teams up with local sports professionals in series of videos to combat COVID-19 fatigue

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is partnering with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) local athletes and coaches to raise awareness on actions residents can take to reduce COVID-19 spread and help keep everyone safer as we live with this virus.

Through this partnership, a series of public service announcements are being launched on social media to promote these important health messages at a critical time.

The first video features Toronto Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse, the second features Toronto FC Captain Michael Bradley and the third features Toronto Maple Leafs Forward Zach Hyman. TPH’s Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vinita Dubey also features in all videos.

The video messages promote messages for youth on how to safely wear masks at school, the importance of physical distancing and advice leading teams through challenge. Further videos are in development, including with the Toronto Argonauts, and will be launched soon. The videos will be shared on social media and are available on TPH’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Ss45VwtWJPSlLsFauW3OA.

“Thank you to the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto FC for teaming up with our public health professionals to help our city confront COVID-19. We are working hard to promote ways to stop the spread of COVID-19. This team effort with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment will help us reach young people and combat COVID fatigue, “said Mayor John Tory.

There have been a total of 25,913 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 317 new cases today, City officials said. To date, and sadly there have been 1,346 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Of the total COVID-19 cases in Toronto, approximately 37 per cent were reported since the beginning of September. Almost 30 per cent of all cases were reported in the last 30 days and over 15 per cent of all cases were reported in the last two weeks.

COVID-19 fatigue has contributed to the resurgence of infections in Toronto, health officials say, and TPH is urging the public to stay informed with credible information sources and to keep following public health advice limit opportunities for virus spread.

TPH is urging the public to only consider leaving their homes for essential activities such as work, education, and fresh air and exercise. As much as possible, residents are asked to limit contact with people they do not live with, keep at least six feet apart from people they do not live with, and wear a mask when outside their homes, especially in indoor settings and when physical distancing is difficult. Residents should wash hands frequently and remain home when unwell.

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services, social supports and economic recovery measures. Check the City’s COVID-19 web page (https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/) for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline at 416-338-7600 or 311.

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