News Release: March 3, 2020
Investigation into workplace exposure to COVID-19 in Peel
Peel Public Health has recently completed an investigation and risk assessment around a workplace exposure to COVID-19 at a Peel office connected to one of the recently announced cases in the Greater Toronto Area.
At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Peel Region.
With support of the workplace owners, Peel Public Health has been in contact with all potentially impacted individuals within our outbreak control efforts. Of the 75 employees, the vast majority were not exposed to the case and are being cleared to return to normal activities. A small minority of employees with more significant contact are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Peel Public Health has determined that there is no broader risk to the wider community associated with this incident.
As the exposure risk is confined to the workplace and there is a complete list of employees for follow-up, there is no need to publicly disclose the name or address of the workplace. This long-standing Public Health approach protects the privacy and security of those involved.
Overall, the risk of COVID-19 in Peel remains low. Protective measures set in place by Peel Public Health and our partners, including self-isolation guidelines, are working to help keep our communities safe.
Learn more about the work Peel Public Health is undertaking to protect citizens. Visit peelregion.ca/coronavirus.
Dr. Jessica Hopkins, Medical Officer of Health
Region of Peel
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.5 million people and 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.