More than 1,300 new COVID-19 cases in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, nearly 600 patients in Ontario intensive care units


Published January 17, 2022 at 4:47 pm

Nearly 600 COVID-19 patients are in Ontario intensive care units as more than 8,500 new cases of the virus were reported across the province on Monday.

In Peel Region there were 1,313 new COVID-19 cases reported by Peel Public Health (PPH) on Monday, with 599 of the new cases in Brampton, 590 in Mississauga and another 124 cases in Caledon and other areas.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter that 3,887 people in Ontario are hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Monday, with 578 of those patients in intensive care.

Elliot said there are 8,521 new cases of COVID-19 across Ontario on Monday, and Public Health Ontario said there were 22 COVID-19 deaths.

In a statement on Twitter, PPH said all COVID-19 vaccine clinics were temporarily closed on Monday to ensure the safety of Peel residents as a blizzard warning is in effect for Mississauga, Brampton and many parts of southern Ontario.

Clinics are expected to resume on Tuesday, and residents with appointments impacted by the weather are being contacted directly.

The most recent numbers from PPH show 92.8 per cent of Peel residents over 12 years old have had at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 89.6 per cent have received two doses as of Jan. 17.

More than 385,000 Peel residents have received a third dose, and 88.8 per cent of people over 5 years old have received at least one vaccine shot while 82.6 per cent have received two doses.

Recent data from Toronto-based research group ICES ranked all 34 of Ontario’s public health units (PHU) by COVID-19 positivity for the week of Jan. 2 to 8, with Peel ranked fifth at 32.40% positivity.

The province overall is listed 15th at 25.62% positivity.

On Monday, Health Canada approved the antiviral COVID-19 pill called Paxlovid, which is used to treat mild to moderate cases of the virus in people aged 18 and older.

The province’s top doctor says the COVID-19 restrictions currently affecting Ontario businesses could remain in place past Jan. 26.

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