As of the morning of March 30, the number of COVID-19 cases (caused by the novel coronavirus) has risen to 73 in Brampton and 216 in the Region of Peel. The increase is rapid, with the city only having had 22 cases five days ago.
The region’s data page does not indicate the number of people now recovered in Peel, but to date there are no deaths yet reported in the region due to COVID-19.
Residents should expect the numbers to keep increasing due to both further spread and in light of the fact that the provincial Ministry of Health said that there is at least a four-day delay on test results. Indeed, the Region of Peel reports a 7-day turnaround. This is because of the huge number of tests being run and the fact that priority must be given to at-risk patients and health care workers.
Dr. David Williams, the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, said over the weekend that the province plans to work with testing facilities and hospitals to increase the number of possible tests per day to 5,000. Right now it’s testing around 2,000 per day.
Mayor Patrick Brown said earlier this week that the City of Brampton might issue fines to people not sticking to the social distancing guidelines.
“This is about saving lives. I hope I don’t need to start fining people. I hope residents will do the right thing on their own,” he said.
Are you worried you have COVID-19 or that you might be at risk? Take this self-assessment from the government of Ontario here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/.
Read about the new Peel Memorial COVID-19 assessment centre, including symptoms and criteria for using it, here.
For further information on COVID-19, visit www.peelregion.ca/coronavirus.
To see current City of Brampton updates and FAQs on services and facility and programming closures, please visit www.brampton.ca/covid19.