Alarmingly 20% of all Brampton being tested currently have COVID-19

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Brampton's healthcare system is on the brink of disaster as cases of COVID-19 outpace the ability to treat those who now have the virus.

Peel Region's Medical Officer of Health (MOH) Dr. Lawrence Loh said new data shows the city is in the worst shape it has ever been in since COVID-19 appeared more than a year ago.

The new data reveals that 20 percent of all those being tested now have the virus and that currently there are 381.6 cases in Brampton per 100,000; both indicators are at record high numbers. The rising number of cases has pushed Brampton Civic and other hospitals beyond capacity limits.

"These are the highest numbers we have seen in our community since the pandemic began in Spring 2020," said Dr. Loh. "Area hospitals are bracing for disaster, all surgeries and paediatric admissions have been cancelled and there are callouts to all healthcare providers to support the significant demands for care."

He went on to say that in the past year implemented measures here have warded off disasters seen elsewhere, but he added that this wave of the virus is vastly different.

"Our current situation is incredibly dire," he went on to say. "We must decisively act to save lives and allow our vaccine coverage to succeed and grow. I urge all of our residents to stay home as much as you are able."

Dr. Loh also called on the Provincial government to declare all of Peel Region a hotspot so that the vaccines can be given to everyone.

 

 

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