COVID-19 Cases Update

Last updated on November 27, 2020.
Data reported up until November 26, 5:00 pm.

This page will be updated every Friday with the current status of confirmed COVID-19 cases among staff and visitors reported to Toronto Public Library. It includes historical data of reported COVID-19 cases to our locations since we reopened, and answers to frequently asked questions about TPL's COVID-19 protocols.

The health and safety of our staff and our customers is our top priority. Before coming to our branches, please make sure you review the health and safety protocols and this helpful video.

We encourage you to stay informed about COVID-19 by referring to credible sources of information such as our COVID-19 Information Guide and the City of Toronto's COVID-19 website. Find out what to do if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases reported within the last two weeks

Date confirmed Location Staff cases Visitor cases Total cases Last date at location
2020
November 22 Northern District 1 0 1 November 19
November 20 Fort York 0 1 1 November 20
November 19 Fort York 0 1 1 November 19
November 17 Fort York 0 1 1 November 16
Total 1 3 4

Confirmed COVID-19 cases since we reopened

The following table shows, in reverse chronological order, the number of reported COVID-19 staff and visitor cases to our locations since we reopened to the public on August 10, 2020. All library branches were closed from March 13, 2020 to August 9, 2020 to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Date confirmed Location Staff cases Visitor cases Total cases
2020
November 22 Northern District 1 0 1
November 20 Fort York 0 1 1
November 19 Fort York 0 1 1
November 17 Fort York 0 1 1
November 12 Lillian H. Smith 0 1 1
November 11 Fort York 0 1 1
October 28 Richview 0 1 1
October 27 Fort York 0 1 1
October 27 Bridlewood 1 0 1
October 26 Sanderson 0 1 1
October 17 Parliament Street 1 0 1
October 9 Richview 0 1 1
October 5 Northern District 0 1 1
October 1 Lillian H. Smith 0 1 1
September 30 St. Lawrence 0 1 1
September 26 Toronto Reference Library 1 0 1
September 22 Northern District 0 1 1
September 21 Maria A. Shchuka 0 2 2
September 21 Goldhawk Park 1 0 1
September 19 Guildwood 1 0 1
Total 6 16 22

Frequently asked questions about TPL's exposure protocols

  1. What happens when an employee or visitor tests positive for COVID-19?

    TPL’s COVID exposure protocols have been developed in consultation with Toronto Public Health and other health experts.

    Here are the steps that we take when we are notified of a COVID-positive case at TPL:

    • When we are notified that an employee or visitor is COVID positive, they are instructed to self-isolate and be symptom-free before returning to the library.
    • Individuals who we know have come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive person at a TPL location are notified and are also instructed to self-isolate.
    • Branches close for a deep sanitization usually for one day if the confirmed COVID-19 individual was showing symptoms within three days of their shift or visit.
  2. When do you close a branch?

    Branches close for a deep sanitization usually for one day if the confirmed COVID-19 individual was showing symptoms within three days of their shift or visit.

  3. Do you notify people when they come into close contact with someone who is COVID-positive at TPL?

    Individuals who we know have come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive person at a TPL location are notified and are also instructed to self-isolate.

  4. Why haven't I heard about the confirmed COVID-19 cases at TPL?

    As per the guidance from Toronto Public Health and other health experts, we investigate and notify any individuals who we know have come into close contact with a COVID positive person at a TPL location.

    In the event there is a broader potential health risk to the public, we work with Toronto Public Health to notify the public.

    We developed this page to keep the public up to date as to when and where COVID positive cases have occurred at TPL locations.

Additional questions?

If you have any further questions about TPL’s COVID-19 exposure protocols, please contact us.