Toronto public health officials provided an update on the city's response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday.
Toronto's Office of Emergency Management general manager Matthew Pegg said during the press conference that the city discovered it had purchased over $200,000 worth of faulty surgical masks, which have since been sent back to the vendor and will be refunded. Pegg said the masks represented about 50 per cent of Toronto's surgical mask inventory, but without those, the city still has approximately two to three weeks of supply remaining.
In addition, Toronto's medical officer of health Dr. EIleen de Villa reported that as of 12:30 p.m. ET, the city has a total of 1,449 confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19. She added that there are 142 people hospitalized due to the novel coronavirus and 63 in intensive care.
The city had also recently received 55 complaints regarding the non-compliance of businesses deemed non-essential remaining open during the COVID-19 pandemic and the city has deployed enforcement teams to respond to each of the complaints.