All residents of Mississauga condo building to be tested for COVID-19 variant

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Public health officials say they will test all residents of a condo building in Mississauga, Ont., for COVID-19 after five people who live there tested positive for a contagious variant of the virus. 

Peel Public Health says it’s taking the “urgent” step now, while community spread of the variant that first emerged in the U.K. is still low. 

The agency says it will conduct testing floor-by-floor on Monday, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

It says residents can also attend a testing centre in the community. 

Public Health Ontario has so far identified 303 cases of that variant in the province. 

It’s also found six cases of the variant that first emerged in South Africa, and one of the strain that was first discovered in Brazil. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 14, 2021. 

The Canadian Press