These maps show Toronto’s current COVID-19 hot spots are not where you think they are.
The first of two new maps has people divided into five segments indicating their risk of contracting COVID-19.
The map was created by mapmakers at University of Toronto Scarborough’s Spatial Data Lab and shows residents in each of these segments according to the amount of COVID-19 infections that have been found in Toronto.
Each segment is divided into four categories based on the number of confirmed cases in that segment: 1, 2, 3, and 4 or more.
Residents in segment 1 are those at the lowest risk of contracting COVID-19. That means those who have not been diagnosed, tested or have had a COVID-19 infection in the past week.
Segment 2 is the second highest risk segment of the city. That means those who have been diagnosed but not yet tested, or in hospital.
Segment 3 is the highest risk segment of the city with those who have already been tested and have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Segment 4 and 5 are the segments of the lowest risk and highest risk, respectively.
The maps were created using Spatial Data and GIS technology through a partnership with the University of Toronto Scarborough.
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The data come from Ontario’s Integrated Public Health Information System (IPHIS) collected by Ontario’s Ministry of Health’s Health Information Exchange (HIE).
“The IPHIS COVID-19 registry, which we are currently updating daily, is one of the largest public repositories of data in the province and has provided us with a unique and rich dataset to inform our planning efforts to keep Ontarians safe,” Minister of Health Christine Elliott said in a statement.
“With all information relevant to the pandemic collected by the province, we are able to show not only how many cases are being reported, but also where they are, and what the risk of exposure is in each neighbourhood or location.”
The maps are meant as a visual guide