By far the highest COVID-19 positivity in Ontario is in Mississauga and Brampton

Published April 10, 2021 at 12:33 am

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Peel Region (Brampton, Mississauga, and Caledon) continues to have the highest COVID-19 percent positivity rate (percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in the area) out of all of Ontario’s public health units.

Toronto-based research group ICES ranked all 34 public health units in Ontario based on their percent positivity for the week of March 28 to April 3.

Peel currently tops the list at 11.96% — the only region higher than 10% positivity.

It’s followed by Toronto at 8.40% and York at 8.33%. Ontario overall is listed sixth, at 6.09%.

The top 15 public health units are listed above

Peel’s percentage rose sharply from the previous week, where it reported 8.92%.

This is the third week in a row where Peel had the highest percent positivity in the province.

ICES says percent positivity reflects both the number of COVID-19 cases diagnosed and the number of people who were tested, and the numbers may fluctuate based on these factors.

The same data for the week shows that of the 50 areas in Ontario with the highest COVID-19 percent positivity, three are in Mississauga and 10 are in Brampton — an increase from last week for both cities.

ICES says there has been a steady rise in incidence of COVID-19 cases among all groups of school-aged children in Peel, Toronto, York, and Ottawa.

Peel and a few other regions have also been seeing steady and steep increases among young adults aged 18-22 years (a group including undergraduate university/college students as well as many individuals in the public-facing workforce), ICES added.

The full data is available to read here.

Data courtesy of ICES

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