Region of Peel takes stronger measures to keep COVID-19 patients quarantined

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The Region of Peel—which is comprised of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon—says it's taking "stronger steps" to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the community. 

Through a class order issued by the interim Medical Officer of Health under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, Peel Public Health will now restrict the mobility of all residents with COVID-19. The same restrictions will also apply to those who are suspected of having the virus and those who have been in close contact with coronavirus patients. 

The region says these individuals must stay in their homes for 14 days or risk daily fines up to $5,000.

"Our time to flatten the curve is coming to an end. We must act now to save lives and protect our healthcare system and frontline workers," said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Interim Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel, in a statement. 

"We know that COVID-19 does not travel on its own; it is transmitted from person to person. These measures are intended to limit interactions that can spread the virus and break chains of transmission in our community."

Peel Public Health also strongly recommends that all residents stay at home, leaving only once a week to buy groceries or attend any necessary medical appointments. 

Peel Public Health says that daily exercise should be done alone or with one family member. Residents are permitted to walk their dogs but must do so alone or with one other member of their household. 

The region is also encouraging all residents over the age of 70 to stay at home entirely and rely on family and social supports as much as possible for essential needs.

Essential businesses that choose to remain open should work to limit access to their facilities and the number of occupants on their premises. They must also move their operations to delivery and pick-up as much as possible and maximize physical distancing, infection prevention and control practices, and cleaning.

Essential businesses should also consider screening their employees and staff for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, the region says.

When out, residents are reminded to practice physical distancing and avoid crowds.

Cover photo courtesy of The Canadian Press

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