Brampton and Mississauga partygoers asked to get tested after COVID exposure at production studio event

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Published September 3, 2021 at 11:18 am

Peel Public Health is urging everyone who attended a party at a Mississauga production studio to get tested for COVID-19. 

On Sept. 3, the regional health authority announced that people who attended a party at Studio Chaar Productions Ltd. (1707 Sismet Rd) on Aug. 21 might have been exposed to COVID-19.

According to its official website, Studio Chaar is a production services company specializing in film, TV and online content. 

All attendees are advised to get tested immediately, including guests who are fully vaccinated. 

In a news release, Peel Public Health said that everyone seeking testing because of this exposure should give testers the outbreak number 2253-2021-46003. 

Anyone who develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is advised to self-isolate. 

According to Peel Public Health, organized events are subject to public disclosure of COVID-19 exposures when there are 100 or more people in attendance and two or more confirmed cases associated with the event, or there is a heightened risk of community transmission because contact tracing is not possible.

Businesses that refuse to disclose a complete list of attendees for contact tracing purposes could face legal action. 

Over the past few weeks, Peel Public Health has reported exposures at a number of public places in Mississauga. On Sept. 1, the region asked people who visited Sugar Daddy’s Nightclub on August 20, 21, or 22 to seek immediate testing because of a possible exposure to COVID-19.

Last month, the region announced that patrons who visited &Company Resto Bar on Aug. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 or 15 might also have been exposed to COVID-19. 

As of Sept. 22, all those who are eligible to be vaccinated will be required to provide proof they have been inoculated before they can enter certain public settings, including restaurants and bars, gyms, nightclubs, meeting spaces, sporting events, casinos, and strip clubs.

These requirements won’t be extended to outdoor settings, where the risk of transmitting the virus is significantly lower, with the exception of outdoor settings in nightclubs.

According to the Region of Peel’s website, over 1 million Peel (Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon) residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The website says 61.7 per cent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated, while 30.1 per cent currently remain unvaccinated. 

According to Christine Elliott, Minister of Health, the provincial booking system saw an influx of appointments on Sept. 2 after Premier Doug Ford announced Ontario would be implementing a vaccine passport.

From Wednesday to Thursday, according to Elliott vaccine appointments more than doubled, and nearly half of appointments were for first doses.

With files from Matt Dionne

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