A new, voluntary COVID-19 isolation site has opened in Brampton today.
In addition to this site and the existing site in Mississauga, Peel Region says additional isolation centres will be opening “as needed in the immediate future” in both Brampton and Mississauga — including one in Malton on January 18.
“More isolation centres right in our neighbourhoods means Brampton residents can ensure family at home stay safe,” said Mayor Patrick Brown. “We welcome the new centre and we welcome safety and recovery for our loved ones.”
Isolation centres are available to all residents, and recommended for those who must self-isolate but can’t safely do so at home.
Peel says the isolation centre provides a “hotel-quality room that’s private and safe” with room amenities including a private 3-piece bathroom, one queen size bed with sofa and/or twin beds, free television, WiFi connection, telephone line with extension for assistance, three meals daily, and provided transportation to and from home.
Residents who wish to use the centre must meet the following criteria:
- Have tested positive for COVID-19 or may have COVID-19, or are a vulnerable household contact of someone who has COVID-19.
- Can’t safely self-isolate at home away from others in your household.
- Are 16 years or older (or will stay at the isolation centre with a parent or guardian).
- Agree to stay at the centre for up to 14 days.
- Can complete daily activities (such as walking with or without an assistive device, bathing and dressing yourself, eating and drinking) with minimal support or supervision.
There is no cost to use the centre, which was opened with support from provincial and federal funding.
“The announcement of new isolation centres in Peel, with one serving the Malton community, is very encouraging news. We’ve known for a long time that ensuring residents have a safe place to isolate, that is convenient and close to home, is a critical step in protecting our community from COVID-19,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie.
“I want to thank both the federal and provincial governments for making this important investment in Peel Region.”
Residents are reminded that they must self-isolate if they have tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms, had close contact with someone who has the virus or its symptoms, received a notification from the COVID Alert app, or returned from travel outside Canada in the past 14 days.
More information on the centres and how to sign up is available at Peel Region’s website.