Peel Region residents could soon have access to geographic data that will show which neighborhoods have become the biggest hotspots for COVID-19.
At his weekly briefing on Wednesday, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said that he has been repeatedly asked by residents for neighborhoods-specific data in the wake of Premier Doug Ford identifying the city as a COVID-19 hotspot earlier this week.
He said that he has now made the request of public health officials and has been assured that the data will be made available “as soon as possible” so that residents can know “where the areas of greatest concern are.”
There have been 4,230 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Peel Region since the outset of the pandemic with more than half of those cases involving Brampton residents (2,141).
At Wednesday’s briefing, Peel Region’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh said that the seven-day moving average of cases in the region has now been on the rise for a week “driven by new outbreaks in household clusters and also centred in workplaces.”
He said that while neighbourhood-specific data “can be helpful” it paints an incomplete picture as it doesn’t necessarily reflect where people contracted the virus.
Nonetheless, he said staff at his office are actively trying to figure out how to provide the data with the appropriate “context and nuance.”