Ontario Opens Brand-New COVID-19 Isolation Centres in Heavy-Hit CommunitiesPublished on January 23, 2021
Province helps reduce spread of virus by providing safe places to self-isolate for those who cannot do so at home.
We understand that COVID has impacted certain communities more than others, and that it may be difficult to self-isolate if you live in a family environment. To help address this pressing issue, our government announced an investment of $42M under the High Priority Communities Strategy to fund up to 11 self-isolation centres in targeted areas all across the province.
“Some of the hardest-hit neighbourhoods in the Peel region are right here in Malton,” said MPP Deepak Anand. “This is primarily due to the fact that a sizable portion of our constituents are heroic front-line workers. As well, we have a lot of new immigrants and youth who work multiple jobs or are in precarious COVID-prone sectors.”
Additional key reasons include the fact that the per-house density is higher here than in other jurisdictions such as Toronto or Ottawa, as well as the fact that many of our community members work at Pearson Airport.
Several of the isolation centres are in the Peel Region, including one in Malton itself. As part of the High Priority Communities Strategy, these facilities are free and accessible to all residents of the Peel Region.
“Not everyone is able to self-isolate themselves at their homes for two weeks,” said MPP Anand. “This is a key measure to ensure we help those most vulnerable in our Mississauga-Malton family, while decisively ensuring community spread of COVID-19 is kept to an absolute minimum.”
Isolation centres will provide daily meals, security, transportation to and from home, as well as links to health and social services. OHIP health cards are not required, and these centres can handle large families as well.
These centres are available for people who have tested positive or have symptoms for the virus, or have come into close contact with someone who meets either of the previous two conditions. These centres are also available for people who are returning from abroad and need to self-isolate for 14 days.
For Further Information:
Our government's High Priority Communities Strategy is a comprehensive program that includes targeted community outreach and engagement (including Community Ambassadors, anti-misinformation flyers in multiple languages), increased access to testing, and "wraparound supports" to connect individuals and families with available services.
For more information on the program, please call Peel Region Human Services at 905-281-1269 or visit peelregion.ca/coronavirus/self-isolation/#home.
The full press release by our government can be found at the following link.
- Office of MPP Anand