Toronto Reactivates Emergency Operations Center in Light of Omicron


The City of Toronto has officially reactivated its Emergency Operations Center in light of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

The city said in a press release that the reactivation should help meet the expected increase predicted in the latest Science Table modeling. The model predicts more than 10,000 new daily COVID-19 cases if an “immediate circuit breaker” is not introduced.

The Emergency Operations Center requires a representative from every city division, agency and company to meet remotely to make decisions on behalf of their industry. The goal is to keep essential operations in the city operational without interruption.

Toronto Fire Chief and General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management, Matthew Pegg, will continue to serve as the city’s COVID-19 Incident Commander.

“The reactivation of the Emergency Operations Center is now prudent and appropriate so that as a city government we can continue to do everything we can to protect the health of residents, the health of our economy and our healthcare system,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the city is steadily increasing. On December 1, the City reported 131 new cases of COVID-19. Just over two weeks later, on December 16, the city reported 755 new cases of COVID-19.





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