Raptors coach Nick Nurse is Toronto Public Health’s newest spokesperson (VIDEO)


It looks like Toronto Public Health has a new spokesperson.

And it’s none other than Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse.

On Friday, the City announced that TPH is partnering with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) to raise awareness on COVID-19 health measures.

It will be done through a series of public service announcements being launched on social media to promote the public health messages.

The first video features Nurse, the second features Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley and the third features Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman.

TPH Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vinita Dubey is also featured in all videos.

The video messages promote messages for youth on how to safely wear masks at school, the importance of physical distancing and advice on leading teams through challenge.

Further videos are in development, including one with the Toronto Argonauts, and will be launched soon.

“Thank you to the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto FC for teaming up with our public health professionals to help our city confront COVID-19. We are working hard to promote ways to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Mayor John Tory said in an statement.

“This team effort with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment will help us reach young people and combat COVID fatigue. I encourage everyone to keep following public health’s advice to protect yourself, your family, your coworkers, your neighbours, and our entire city.”

Cases are on the rise in Toronto with 317 reported today, making the total 25,913.

There are 123 people hospitalized, an increase of 17 new people. In total, 21,777 people have recovered and there have been 1,346 reported deaths.

According to health officials, “COVID-19 fatigue has contributed to the resurgence of infections in Toronto.”

The health measures that worked in the first wave like wearing masks, washing hands often, keeping a physical distance from people outside our homes and making difficult choices to limit in-person social interactions need to be implemented with the same rigour for the second wave.

“We now need a renewed commitment to act differently and follow public health advice once again to slow virus spread, prevent illnesses and deaths in Toronto,” the release adds.

“The MLSE partnership comes at a critical time to demonstrate and support the importance of ways we can all work together to stay safer as we live with COVID-19.”