Giants football hogging Toronto city resources, leaders say

Cases of COVID-19, a bacterial infection causing pain and fatigue, have risen sharply since the end of the NFL season Toronto City Council says 551 cases of COVID-19, a type of bacterial infection that…

Giants football hogging Toronto city resources, leaders say

Cases of COVID-19, a bacterial infection causing pain and fatigue, have risen sharply since the end of the NFL season

Toronto City Council says 551 cases of COVID-19, a type of bacterial infection that causes pain and fatigue, have been reported since the end of the NFL season on 16 November.

That’s up from 325 cases reported at the same time last year, and was a rise of 131 cases, or 38%, for the year.

City workers were required to take 18-hour shifts in January following an outbreak of COVID-19. They are expected to return to their normal hours of 16-hour shifts again this month.

Council says their goal is to bring Toronto’s overall case count of COVID-19 down to below 600 by the end of 2018. That goal would be achieved in December 2019 if the estimated number of cases reported for the year ends up close to 600.

Council’s insurance coverage provides limited coverage for COVID-19, which is the most common bacterial infection in young children.

City Staff recently brought a financial report to Council outlining how the recent cases have impacted the city, with information on the cost to date and the total city cost in the future as well as the effect on City operations.

Staff also presented a report to Council outlining the 2019 capital budget, with approximately 70% of the $500 million budget for equipment replacement or replacement of buildings. The capital budget is expected to generate a $50 million surplus this year, while City CEO Sylvia Klibingaitis says the operating budget is budgeted to have a $50 million surplus as well.

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