For eighth week in a row, Mississauga and Brampton have Ontario’s worst COVID-19 positivity

Published May 14, 2021 at 11:38 pm

For the eighth week in a row, Peel Region (Brampton, Mississauga, and Caledon) has the highest COVID-19 percent positivity rate out of all of Ontario’s public health units.

Toronto-based research group ICES ranked all 34 public health units in Ontario for the week of May 2 to 8 based on their percent positivity (percentage of positive tests in the area).

Peel currently tops the list at 14.45%, surpassing Toronto at 10.53% and York at 9.59%.

Ontario overall is listed 9th at 7.73%.

The top 15 public health units are listed above

Peel’s percentage is down from last week where it reported 16.63%.

The same data for the week shows that of the 50 areas in Ontario with the highest COVID-19 percent positivity, eight are in Mississauga and 10 are in Brampton.

Despite lower COVID-19 testing rates among school-aged children (i.e. elementary to secondary) likely because children aren’t in school, ICES says some regions are seeing very high percent positivity and incidence of COVID-19, including Peel at 27.1-33.6%

Testing rates have remained relatively stable with some declines among young adults aged 18-22 years.

As of May 10, overall vaccine coverage among adults in Ontario was 46% (compared to 40% the previous week), with the highest coverage in those aged 75 years and up.

The full data is available to read here.

Data courtesy of ICES, photo courtesy of The Canadian Press

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