Ontarians In Diverse & Poorer Areas Are Up To 3 Times More Likely To Get COVID-19
Public Health data reveals the huge disparity.
Certain areas of the province are still getting a much rougher ride than others. There were some startling revelations in Public Health Ontario's latest weekly report for COVID-19 in Ontario. For the period of May 31 to June 6, residents in the most diverse or poorest neighbourhoods of the province are three times as likely to contract the virus as those in the least diverse or wealthiest communities.
The province's reported increase in cases has slowed significantly this week, culminating in just 203 new infections in Thursday's update. That's.
However, newly-released government data focusing on last week notes there's still a huge disparity within the province.
According to the report focusing on May 31 to June 6, a couple of alarming trends have been reported.
In particular, Public Health Ontario notes the likelihood of infection in the most diverse communities is 3.2 times greater than in the least diverse.
The reasons for this may be manifold, suggest experts, but could include factors like inherent racism and lack of accessibility to testing and medical advice.
It varies with wealth, too, as the poorest neighbourhoods are exactly three times more likely to see COVID-19 cases as the most well-off.
In Toronto particularly, it has already been noted that minority communities in the city appear to be.
The city has displayed cases in an interactive map to highlight what
Meanwhile, the PHO data also confirmed a trend that has been discussed in recent days. The percentage of positive results for people aged 20 and up, as well as the 20-29 age group, has spiked in recent weeks.
Earlier this week, both Toronto and Ontario's top doctors noted that
Staff could only guess at why, but suggested factors like increased testing could explain why more young people are showing up positive.
Thursday's daily update reports there have been 31,544 total cases in the province. Nearly 26,000 of those have been resolved, but there have been 2,487 deaths.