104 new COVID-19 cases reported in Brampton and Mississauga
Published September 10, 2021 at 12:37 pm
Peel Public Health says that 104 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon.
The update comes on the day that Ontario reports 848 new cases of COVID-19 and five new deaths linked to the virus
Health Minister Christine Elliott says that 659 of those infections are in people who are not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown.
Elliott says 361 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, with 331 of them not fully vaccinated.
She says that 177 people are in intensive care because of the virus, with only 14 of those cases happening in fully vaccinated individuals.
According to Peel Public Health’s website, 55 new cases have been reported in Mississauga, 46 in Brampton and five in Caledon. Two cases have been removed from the region’s case count dashboard.
This week, Peel’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Lawrence Loh, asked all residents–including those who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine–to remain vigilant and cut down on in-person socialization as much as possible.
“For now, with so many residents still susceptible, all of us must remain vigilant as we move through this turbulent final part of the acute phase of COVID-19, regardless of our vaccination status. We get to the end stage if we all get vaccinated sooner.”
Loh said he empathized with the fully vaccinated who are now hearing they should reduce contacts.
“We all hoped that, by doing the right thing, we’d get back to normal.”
Recently, the Ontario Science Table released some dire warnings about the fourth wave and, although they stopped short of recommending widespread lockdowns, they did say masking, social distancing, and reducing contacts need to be continued.
“What does it mean to ‘slightly reduce our contacts’? Well, the province has recently announced vaccine certification measures which will help reduce contact and risk for those who are susceptible in high-risk settings, when it comes into effect,” Loh said at a press conference in Brampton.
“Masking and distancing as much as possible remains critical in big crowds and in indoor public spaces, as does getting tested and staying home when you are sick.
“But there are other practical ways to reduce contacts for the moment. These include continuing to work remotely, if you can, keeping gatherings small and favouring the outdoors, avoiding larger gatherings and crowded indoor spaces with poor ventilation, and considering virtual, rather than in-person, visits.
“I know we are all tired of this.”
The Ministry of Health says that 84.1 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 77.7 per cent have two doses.
According to Peel Public Health’s website, 64.3 per cent of the region’s total population (including those who are currently ineligible, such as children under the age of 12) is fully vaccinated.
A total of 21,098,125 vaccine doses have been administered in Ontario.
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