More than 1,500 new COVID-19 cases in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon

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Published January 13, 2022 at 4:56 pm

There were another 1,534 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon on Thursday (Jan. 13).

According to Peel Public Health (PPH), 786 of the new cases were in Brampton, 635 were in Mississauga and another 113 cases were in Caledon and other areas.

There have been 153,228 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 across the Region of Peel according to PPH. More than 144,188 cases have been resolved and 7,987 are pending.

The province reported 9,909 new cases across Ontario on Thursday along with 35 more deaths. The Ministry of Health says case counts are likely an underestimate of the true number of individuals with COVID-19 as a result of changes in the availability of testing due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

With widespread Omicron transmission in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, Peel’s medical officer of health Dr. Lawrence Loh said it’s likely every resident will “confront this variant in some manner in the coming months, either directly via infection or through exposure and close contact.”

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PPH is holding a family-focused vaccine clinic this weekend at Brampton’s Save Max Spots Centre where parents can get a COVID-19 booster while kids get a first or second dose.

The clinic runs from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, and for more information visit www.peelregion.ca/covidvaccine or call 1-833-943-3900.

All students and teachers in Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton and across the province will receive two rapid tests apiece upon their return to school on Monday.

All Peel Public Health vaccine clinics are accepting walk-ins for first and seconds COVID-19 doses, and Dr. Loh stressed the importance of vaccinating children during as the Omicron variant of the virus continues to spread throughout the region.

The most recent numbers from PPH show 92.6 per cent of Peel residents over 12 years old have had at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 89.4 per cent have received two doses as of Dec. 31.

More than 385,000 Peel residents have received a third dose, and 88.3 per cent of people over 5 years old have received at least one vaccine shot while 82.3 per cent have received two doses.

Loh said the Omicron surge has led to a shift towards preventing severe outcomes rather than infection alone, and stressed the importance of following health and safety guidelines.

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