April 28, 2020
Pandemic day 50.
While many of us are tired of staying home, Zooming or having to wear a mask to go into a grocery store, we have also learned how precious home is, how to be creative, and how to help and support others.
We’ve also learned a lot about basic public health measures. In this case, staying home, physical distancing and frequent hand washing. Yet it is clear governments are not facilitating or insisting on these measures equally.
In Ontario, advocates had to fight for homeless shelters to be prioritized for COVID-19 testing. Mobile, on-site testing in shelters remains erratic across the province. In Toronto, the epicentre of homelessness in the country, with over 7,000 people in 75 shelters, the roll out of testing is slow and appears to be due to the shortage of isolation spots for people awaiting test results once tested.