Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on Feb. 15

WATCH ABOVE: As thousands of students in Toronto, York and Peel get ready to go back to school and some retailers in the province prepare to reopen, Ontario’s latest COVID-19 modelling shows variants could cause another increase in cases, with as many as 6,000 cases by the end of March. Erica Vella reports.

Here is a roundup of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Monday:

Residents of Mississauga condo to be tested after South African COVID-19 variant confirmed

All residents of a central Mississauga condo will be tested after five cases of the South African COVID-19 variant were confirmed there, Peel Region’s medical officer of health says.

Dr. Lawrence Loh said widespread testing will be conducted at 385 Prince of Wales Dr., just south of Confederation Parkway and Rathburn Road, in an attempt to curb the spread of the fast-spreading variant.

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Toronto, Peel and York region schools prepare for in-class learning to resume Tuesday

Enhanced safety measures will be in place when in-person learning resumes at Toronto-area schools on Tuesday.

Six school boards in Toronto, York Region, and Peel Region will be restarting in-person classes after a stretch of online learning that began in January as part of a provincial lockdown.

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York Region finalizing plans for drive-thru vaccination clinic at Canada’s Wonderland

York Region says it is finalizing plans for drive-thru vaccination clinics at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, as well as at Markham Fairgrounds.

Five “static” vaccination clinics will be located in the following cities and towns in the region: Newmarket, Georgina, Richmond Hill, Markham and Vaughan.

“Vaccination clinic sites are subject to change based on capacity and operational needs; additional sites may be added or may replace a pre-identified site,”  Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s medical officer of health, said in a statement Monday.

All Toronto long-term care home residents, staff will have received 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose by Tuesday: City

The City of Toronto is reporting all participating residents and staff at all 87 long-term care homes will have received their second doses of COVID-19 vaccines by Tuesday.

“This vaccination milestone, protecting some of the city’s most vulnerable residents, represents a significant achievement in the City’s ongoing response to the pandemic,” a statement issued on Monday said.

The statement said more than 10,000 residents along with 3,150 staff and essential caregivers have been given their second Moderna doses. Other staff and caregivers received Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines at hospital-based clinics.

The City of Toronto operates 10 long-term care homes and vaccinations at those facilities began on Dec. 31.

No cases reported Monday

With Monday being the Family Day holiday, the Ontario government did not provide updated COVID-19 case numbers.

Both Monday and Tuesday’s figures will be provided on Tuesday.

With files from The Canadian Press

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