Friday, 16 April, 2021

Top Public Health Officials Calling for Stay at Home Order in Ontario

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In a letter to Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Dr. "While the implementation of additional province-wide public health measures is welcome, stronger measures will be required to reverse the surge our health units (among others) now face".

He says the federal and provincial governments should work together to improve the paid sick day program to help workers stay home and self-isolate.

The letter asks Williams to issue a province-wide stay-at-home order, close non-essential businesses (and be stricter about which businesses quality as "essential"), mandate staffing limits where possible, set strict capacity limits in open businesses, restrict people from travelling within Ontario, offer paid sick days to essential workers and move schools online in hard-hit areas.

"Stricter lockdowns have been shown to be effective in other countries to control transmission while vaccine campaigns progressed to achieve sufficient population coverage to suppress transmission".

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) echoed Tory's recommendation by calling on the government to begin vaccinating education workers and all other essential workers in the hardest-hit regions of the province.

The province also opted not to share statistics on Good Friday, but on Saturday reported there had been more than 3,000 cases of COVID-19 for two days running.

As of 8:00 p.m. Monday, 2,621,839 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

According to Ottawa Public Health, there are seven COVID-19 outbreaks in Ottawa schools, involving 13 students and 6 staff members.

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ICU doctors have said numerous patients they're treating these days are essential workers who got infected in the workplace.

A man walks past a COVID-19 testing clinic, in Montreal, on February 12, 2021.

Younger Ontarians are being admitted to hospital with COVID-19. ICU admissions are increasing.

COVID-19 accounts for the majority of people in ICUs and threatens the health system's ability to deal with regular ICU admissions.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said that today (April 5), there are 906 new cases in Toronto, 533 in Peel, 391 in York Region, 230 in Ottawa and 140 in Durham.

Authorities in Ontario and Quebec expressed concern on Monday that the recent rise in COVID-19 cases was putting renewed strain on the health-care system, as both provinces sought to contain the spread of the virus.

When the shutdown was announced on Thursday, the province refrained from issuing a stay at home order, citing mental health concerns.