Quarantine hotels in and near Pearson Airport in Mississauga face outbreaks of COVID-19
Quarantine hotels in and around Peel (Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon) along the airport strip have been hit with outbreaks of COVID-19.
The hotels are the ones used to house international travelers arriving at Pearson Airport under a federal government program.
The Hampton Inn and Suites on Caroga Dr. in Mississauga is one of the hotels affected and has been partially closed by Peel Public Health under a Section 22 order because five or more people have tested positive for COVID-19.
The two other nearby hotels that are dealing with outbreaks are in Toronto's jurisdiction. The Holiday Inn on Dixon Rd. has had seven reported cases while the Crowne Plaza on Carlson has 13 cases.
All of the infected people are workers at the hotels.
Both the Toronto hotels remain open because they have been declared essential services.
Peel Region's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh said as COVID-19 is slowly brought under control in Canada but still rages in other countries, health experts will need to have a plan on how to contain it from entering and spreading in the country.
"The important thing about any sort of travel quarantine is to prevent introductions (of the virus) into our community," Dr. Loh said. "As many countries around the world don't have (the virus) under control we will need to figure out how quarantine hotels are protecting both their workers but also protecting Canadians by ensuring border measures stay strong."
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