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

Wednesday, 07 Apr, 2021

"I hate doing that, but we're going to have further restrictions", stated the Premier today however as COVID-19 numbers and deaths continued climbing in Toronto, Peel and York Regions.

The meetings comes in the wake of the medical officers of health for Toronto, Peel and Ottawa writing a joint letter to their provincial counterpart asking him to impose the order.

Tougher public health restrictions could be on the way.

Toronto schools will be closed to in-person learning starting on Wednesday.

Ten deaths were linked to the virus on today's report and 12 on Sunday's update from the province.

Over the last week, an average of 2,400 people were in hospital and 780 were in the ICU. The province's daily counts topped 1,000 both for the time periods between Thursday to Friday, and Friday to Saturday.

"There have been 23 new COVID-19 related deaths since April 1, for a total of 1,486 deaths in British Columbia". The current five-day test positivity rate is 5.1 per cent provincially and 4.3 per cent in Winnipeg.

"We understand this may not be the news families had hoped for, especially given the province's recent announcement, but recognize the critical need to take steps as directed by TPH to limit the spread of COVID-19 and variants of concern", said Shazia Vlahos, spokesperson for the Toronto Catholic District School Board, in a statement to CBC Toronto. Nova Scotia has 32 active reported infections.

After analyzing other jurisdictions around the world experiencing COVID-19 surges driven by variants of concern, the local health officials say Ontario is not unique in that it needs strict lockdowns over large areas to discourage travel, cut down on unnecessary outings, and reduce transmission.

Hospitals have reported they are seeing patients in their 40s and 50s and even some in their 30s, he said.

Ontario also reports 494 patients in intensive care because of COVID-19 and 293 on a ventilator. It is more important than ever to stay on track with our vaccination programs, continue to use all our layers of protection all the time and follow the provincial health orders and guidelines. The province has four active reported cases.

To date, 893,590 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,472 of which are second doses.

However, she added that the cases involving the strain first seen in Brazil are still a small percentage of the COVID-19 cases in Whistler overall.

Experts say the selfies can encourage others to overcome their vaccine hesitancy and can be a powerful tool to combat online misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine.