Premier Extends Lockdown and Stay At Home Order

Premier Doug Ford announced tighter COVID-19

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"While we are seeing positive trends as a result of the public health measures put in place, we can not afford to let up yet", said Premier Ford.

"In the first and second wave when we were dealing wit the non-variants, the number 1,000 was where we had our predictable hospitalization rates around six per cent and ICU rates accordingly", Williams said.

But in order for restrictions to be lifted, the province will need to see a sharp decline in daily COVID-19 cases.

"And they will be devastated to hear this Stay at Home order has to be extended, yet again, because of Doug Ford's choices", Horwath said in a statement.

This past week (May 2 to 8), the provincial cases rate decreased by 14.8 per cent, with the positivity rate also decreasing to 7.7 per cent compared to 8.6 per cent the previous week.

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"If we manage the next few weeks I think we can have a good summer", said Ford.

"With the variants of concern the hospitalization rate is higher, the ICU rate is double so we have to take that into consideration".

Chief Medical Officer of Health David Williams stated earlier this week that daily case counts need to stay below 1,000 if restrictions are to be loosened.

Based on the above data, the government says it has chose to extend the stay-at-home order until at least June 2, but that the impacts of shutdown meaures "will continue to be evaluated over the coming weeks, with consideration being made to the reopening of outdoor recreational amenities on June 2". "Experience from other jurisdictions shows that driving transmission to very low levels is needed in order to end the third wave". Big box stores can stay open with strict safety measures in place, but only for essential items.

Ford also announced schools will remain online until health experts and teachers unions agree it is safe to return to the class.

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Schools will remain closed to in-person learning for the forseeable, but students between the ages of 12 and 17 will be eligible to book appointments for the Pfizer vaccine beginning May 31.

WECHU CEO Theresa Marentette said Thursday said the health unit is working on a plan to rollout the vaccine to students over 12 years old.

"The spread of COVID-19 continues to pose a significant threat to our health care system and the well-being of Ontarians", said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.

Windsor-Essex will be under a stay-at-home order with the rest of the Ontario until at least June 2.

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