Peel’s top doc remains optimistic about Brampton and Mississauga battle against COVID-19’s fourth wave

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Published September 15, 2021 at 12:03 pm

Peel’s top doctor thinks it’s too early to consider COVID-19’s fourth wave on the decline, but remains optimistic that “brighter days” are ahead.

Speaking during his weekly appearance at Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown’s news conference, Loh said the return to schools will be a major factor in the fourth wave going forward.

“I think it’s a little early for us to be looking for trends, but I’m hopeful that if everyone continues to get two doses and follows safety procedures, we’ll be able to mitigate the effects of a fourth wave.”

Since the last data update, 70,000 more residents have gotten to two-dose protection. But that still leaves 330,000 eligible Peel residents who have yet to get to two doses said Loh.

“Seventy-six per cent of Peel residents have received two doses of vaccine and I want to thank them for accessing this protection.”

The Medical Officer of Health said the community must remain vigilant as the fourth wave unfolds.

“Together, we can make it through, and bring an end to, the final, acute phase of this pandemic. There are brighter days that are certainly ahead and I, like all of you, want to see an end to this pandemic.”

Loh said there have been around 30 cases identified as the Mu variant in the community. However, like medical officials around the world, he isn’t terribly concerned about it.

He said right now Mu has to compete with the dominant Delta variant to get a foothold and that is unlikely because of the widespread coverage of Delta.

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