Mayor Bonnie Crombie says she's determined to move Mississauga into Ontario's red zone after the stay-at-home order's planned end date on March 8.
"You have a commitment from me that I will push for Mississauga into the red zone on March 9 unless we see a sudden increase in our numbers," said Crombie on Wednesday.
She added that the city's COVID-19 cases "continue to decrease," at 73 per 100,000 people, down from 81 per 100,000 last week.
"Just yesterday, we had our lowest single-day increase since October 31, with only 55 new cases."
"The decision will ultimately be made by the province as usual as it always is, and we should know where we are headed by next Friday."
However, Peel Region's medical officer of health, Dr. Lawrence Loh, was more cautiously optimistic.
"I would say I share the hope and optimism, but I am required by my mandate and my professional responsibilities to make sure that I'm monitoring the trends and then rendering an opinion at the point where we will be reassessing," he said to CP24.
"I am hopeful that these two weeks will spare us perhaps months of agony down the road," he added about the extension of the stay-at-home order in Peel.
Just last week, all residents of a Mississauga condominium were tested for COVID-19 after several cases of the B.1.351 variant, which was identified in South Africa, were discovered in the building.
Other regions currently in the red zone are:
- Thunder Bay,
- and Windsor-Essex.