Parts of Ontario Could Be Headed to Stay-at-Home Order

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This comes after medical officers of health in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa called on the province to reinforce a stay-at-home order to protect their residents, saying the recently imposed "shutdown" is not enough to contain a growing spread in and across Ontario.

"But we're going to have further restrictions moving forward, very very quickly". That could be extended if the situation doesn't improve, TPH noted.

The letter was released shortly before Peel Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh issued a Section 22 order mandating the immediate closure of all schools in the region for at least two weeks.

On Monday, there were 494 patients being treated in intensive care units across Ontario with a COVID-related critical illness, the government said, an all time high for the province.

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"Don't close elementary schools".

Instead of closing schools, Brown suggested closing workplaces like Amazon, food processing plants, big box stores and factories. "Same old approach isn't working", he said.

"Ending in-person learning should only be done as a last resort and will be ineffective if not accompanied by other stricter measures that include things like ... paid sick days for essential workers, closure of non-essential retail businesses and where possible, sending all staff to work from home", the letter says. Schools in Niagara remain open.

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

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In recent months, it has shifted in a descending order through the oldest age groups in the province, with Toronto now starting to give the shot to people 60 years and older at its six mass vaccination sites.

"That doesn't mean they will get it that day".

Ontario reported almost 6,000 new COVID-19 cases over a two-day span - 2,938 new cases on Monday and 3,041 cases on Sunday - and 22 deaths. "It means they can join the line if they have not already", she said. About 22 per cent of schools now have at least one reported case, while 83 schools, or 1.7 per cent of Ontario 4,828 publicly funded schools, are closed due to COVID-19.

There are 942 people hospitalized with the virus in Ontario, but the Ministry of Health notes that 10 per cent of Ontario's hospitals do not submit data on weekends.

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