Friday, 16 April, 2021

Could a strict 'stay-at-home order' be coming to Hamilton?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference in Ottawa Friday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference in Ottawa Friday
Adrian Cunningham | 07 April, 2021, 02:22

Ontario reports 3,065 new cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths linked to the virus.

The letter comes just days after Premier Doug Ford's government imposed a provincewide month-long shutdown that critics argue does not go far enough to address more transmissible variants of concern.

Lawrence Loh, medical officer of health for Peel, which includes the cities of Mississauga and Brampton, said he believes schools are safe if public-health measures are followed, but the region needs a "cooling-off period" while community cases continue to rise. "And again, we have to focus on where we see the problem three regions, York, Peel, in Toronto represents 60 per cent of the COVID cases".

Ontario's cabinet is now discussing whether to issue a stay-at-home order after a request was made by three of the province's top doctors, sources have confirmed to CTV News Toronto.

The letter is dated April 4, one day before the Peel public health unit issued a Class 22 order to close local schools and move students to virtual learning as of April 6.

Peel schools will not be reopening on Tuesday
Students also need to wear a mask that fits well when outside their homes, wash their hands often and stay home if they are sick. In an emailed statement to CTV Kitchener, Medical Officer of Health Dr.

Toronto schools will be closed to in-person learning starting on Wednesday. "This variant is moving hour-by-hour, day-by-day so we have to move with it and be nimble and be quick and that's what we're doing", he said. Restaurants - which were allowed to reopen outdoor dining only a week earlier - were limited to takeout and delivery orders, supermarkets and pharmacies were ordered to operate at 50 per cent capacity, and other retailers were told to reduce to 25 per cent capacity.

More than 76,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Ontario since Monday's report.

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) issued a statement on Monday, saying provincial doctors are concerned that we are entering the worst phase of the pandemic since last spring and urge everyone - all levels of government and every Ontarian - to take the warning seriously.

But increasingly, experts in the health-care sector say essential workers who can not work from home and often can not self-isolate if they contract the illness should be prioritized for the shot. It's twice as likely to send patients to intensive care and three times as likely to require ventilation, officials have said.