Here are the 30 GTA neighbourhoods with the highest COVID-19 infection rates

Nov 17 2020, 8:41 am

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the GTA, it’s important to know which neighbourhoods are the most affected by the pandemic.

According to a recent report by the Toronto-based non-profit ICES, a neighbourhood in Brampton has the highest infection rate, with 19%.

It was closely followed by Toronto in an area north of Queen Street East and east of Airport Road with 18.7%.

In third place is a neighbourhood in Mississauga right by Toronto Pearson Airport, with a rate of 16.9%, with another Brampton area holding a 16.8% infection rate.

The Toronto neighbourhood around Thorncliffe Park comes in fifth place with 15.2%, with a northeast Scarborough neighbourhood having 14.9%, tying with the Jane and Finch area.

Out of the 30 neighbourhoods analyzed, 14 were in Toronto, with 13 in Peel, two in York Region and one in Halton.

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According to the report, Peel currently has the highest positivity rate — meaning the most people who are getting a positive test result — at 9.8% from November 1 to November 7.

Toronto has 5.9%, York has 4.8%, Halton has 4.4%, Hamilton has 3.4%, and Durham has 3.2%.

On Monday, Hamilton, Halton, Peel, and York moved into the red “control zone.”

Toronto already moved into the red zone on November 14 but has additional restrictions imposed by the city’s top doctor, Eileen de Villa. They include closing indoor dining, fitness classes, cinemas and reducing gatherings to just immediate households with one or two essential supports.

Peel Region moved into the red zone on November 7 and added further restrictions to limit the virus’s spread.

Recently, the province’s colour-coded system received backlash for the high statistic thresholds for each category, which Williams has now said he’ll make stricter.

Now in order to be in the red zone, there must be 40 people instead of 100 who have the infection per 100,000 and a positivity rate greater than 2.5% instead of 9.9%. Therefore, putting the GTA and Hamilton in the red zone.

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