COVID-19 variants are showing up in Peel (Mississauga and Brampton) schools.
“Yes, we have seen confirmed (variants of concern) VOCs in our school community,” Peel Public Health confirmed when asked by insauga.com.
However, the health department won’t identify the schools involved or say how many cases they are dealing with. It is not known if students or teachers are the ones who have been infected.
“Measures have been taken to protect the relevant school communities,” the health department confirmed via email. “We do not presently report specific schools that have seen VOCs as the same protective measures are deployed when exposures are detected.”
Variants of concern are mutated versions of COVID-19 and have arrived in Canada in different forms. The ones detected here are the United Kingdom and South African versions.
In Peel, 60 variant cases have been confirmed and more than 200 other people are suspected of carrying these more transmissible versions of the virus.
Insauga has contacted both the Peel District School Board and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School for further information, but have yet to hear back from them.