Province announces new COVID-19 isolation centres coming soon


Published January 22, 2021 at 12:44 am


The province announced it is opening COVID-19 isolation centres in Oshawa and Brampton, which will be in addition to the existing centres in Ottawa, and the regions of Peel and Waterloo.

These centres are part of the province’s investment of up to $42 million under the High Priority Communities Strategy, which is intended to help communities hardest hit by the virus self-isolate and keep their families and communities safe.

“We know that some communities have been more affected by COVID-19 than others, and many people face barriers to finding a safe place to self-isolate in order to keep their families and communities safe,” Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, said in a news release.

“Isolation centres will provide these people with the supports they need while they are self-isolating,” he continued.

The province’s isolation centres provide a range of wraparound supports and services, including meals, security, transportation, and links to health and social services.

Moving forward, Ontario intends to help create up to 1,525 additional beds for safe isolation with 125 beds in Durham, up to 840 beds in Peel, up to 280 beds in Toronto and up to 280 beds in York.

“Our government is taking action to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our most vulnerable communities,” Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, said in the same release.

“We continue to work with Ontario Health, public health units, municipalities, and our community partners to deliver targeted and key interventions that our province’s hardest-hit neighbourhoods need,” she continued.

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