BRAMPTON, ON. (March 8, 2020) – Today the Region of Peel – Public Health confirmed the region’s third positive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual is a male in his 50’s who returned from travel to Germany on March 7.
“The individual was seen and assessed at Brampton Civic Hospital, and they were discharged home to follow self-isolation protocols,” said Kiki Ferrari, Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations, William Osler Health System. “Thanks to the swift and careful actions of our Emergency Department, Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC), and our incident management teams, we were able to take all necessary steps to ensure we protected our staff, physicians, volunteers and community, and that the individual was cared for appropriately and effectively.
We extend our thanks to our front-line teams for continuing their diligence in precautions, as well as to Peel Public Health, Public Health Ontario and the Ministry of Health for their ongoing partnership and support in keeping our community safe and protected.”
Peel Public Health is actively investigating. Those identified who may have had close contact with the infected individual will be contacted directly. The public will be notified should community risk be identified.
“We continue to be well prepared to respond to cases of COVID-19 in Peel. A coordinated system is functioning effectively to manage and contain cases to prevent community transmission,” said Dr. Jessica Hopkins, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. “The risk to Peel citizens is still low.”
Peel Public Health is working with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and other local health providers to monitor the situation and protect the community. Additional measures in Peel include increased screenings at Pearson International Airport and early identification protocols for paramedics and hospitals. Visit Ontario’s COVID-19 page to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
Stay updated on the novel coronavirus in Peel at peelregion.ca/coronavirus and by following us at @RegionofPeel.
Any future COVID-19 cases in Peel will be announced by the Ministry of Health. The Region of Peel’s website will remain updated with current information.