Ontario Now in a Third State of Emergency:
Ontario has declared its third state of emergency and a new province-wide, stay-at-home order, to combat rising cases of COVID-19. As of midnight, the majority of non-essential retailers will be limited to delivery and curbside pickup for at least four weeks. And for the first time, stores such as Walmart and Costco, that offer a variety of goods will only be allowed to sell grocery and pharmacy items. The new measures come less than a week after the province imposed a four-week shutdown that critics said did not go far enough to slow a surge in cases fuelled by COVID virus variants. To read the Stay-at-Home Order: CLICK HERE (You will be redirected)
Here is yesterday’s announcement:
Ontario Pivots on the Vaccination Plan:
The provincial government has announced plans to start vaccinating people aged 18 and older living in COVID-19 hot spots, including teachers and essential workers. It says mobile teams will deliver vaccines in congregate settings, residential buildings, faith-based centres and large employers in areas hit hard by the virus. Regions will be selected based on patterns of transmission, severe illness and mortality from COVID-19. Education workers in hot spot neighbourhoods in Toronto and Peel Region will be eligible for vaccines starting next week, with plans to expand to other hard hit areas as supply allows.
On my weekly call with board chairs & leaders — I highlighted progress in accelerating access to vaccines for education staff.
Coupled with additional safety measures, we will keep schools safe — & with your continued vigilance — ensure they safely open following April Break.
— Stephen Lecce (@Sflecce) April 7, 2021
Schools to Remain Open:
Yesterday Education Minister Stephen Lecce confirmed schools will remain open. Here is his news conference:
More Calls For Manufacturers to Be Vaccinated:
The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters say vaccinating essential workers would help keep workplaces in the province safe and open. CEO Dennis Darby says Ontario is set to vaccinate those workers in May or June, while American workers in the same setting have largely been vaccinated. He says over 750,000 essential workers in the manufacturing sector continue to go to work every day and the province must ensure it uses all available resources to increase the vaccine rollout. The group has offered to help by using industrial sites and other resources to deliver shots to the workforce.
End of Life Care:
Ontario’s health minister says the province has not yet finalized the protocols to deal with who gets life-saving treatment should intensive care units get overrun with COVID-19 patients. Christine Elliott says the province has not made any changes to legally protect doctors who may soon be put in the position of deciding who gets critical care and who doesn’t. There were a record 501 COVID patients in Ontario ICU’s across the province as of Tuesday. In January, hospitals received a document laying out guidelines on how to deal with critical care triage and they state patients are ranked on their likelihood to survive a year after the onset of critical illness. Human rights advocates say the process is inherently discriminatory.
There were over 7,100 new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported nationwide Wednesday, bringing the total of cases in this pandemic to over 1,028,000. Alberta jumped into second place behind Ontario with more 1,300 new infections reported yesterday, Quebec was next with over 1,200, followed by British Columbia with 997. No new cases were reported in any of the three territories or in PEI.
2/3 The average number of deaths daily, which had been slowly declining until a week ago, have increased by 13% over the past 7-days. These trends are discouraging, this leg of the #COVID19 marathon is difficult, but we must not waiver.
— Dr. Theresa Tam (@CPHO_Canada) April 7, 2021
The province reported 3,215 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, based on just under 50,000 tests completed. There were 17 new deaths, 236 more people hospitalized and 6 more patients in the ICU. 2,407 more cases were marked as resolved.
Ontario is reporting 3,215 cases of #COVID19 and nearly 49,900 tests completed. Locally, there are 1,095 new cases in Toronto, 596 in Peel, 342 in York Region, 225 in Ottawa and 187 in Durham.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) April 7, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
Waterloo Region Public Health confirmed 63 new cases yesterday but no new deaths. Active cases were up by eleven to 393. Hospitalizations dropped again; by one to 19.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health announced just 21 new cases yesterday and no new deaths. Active cases increased by just one to 364. There’s still just 5 people in hospital with 3 in the ICU.
📣 #TeamVaccineWR: If you know someone who is eligible for vaccination and has not pre-registered yet, reach out and see if you can help. The pre-registration form and list of eligible groups is available at https://t.co/YwJmuEtvHY pic.twitter.com/hll603HDLU
— Region of Waterloo Public Health (@ROWPublicHealth) April 7, 2021
Waterloo Region’s Top Doctor Says Parents Should Be Prepared:
Waterloo Region’s top doctor has asked parents and school boards to prepare for a possible switch to online learning following the April break. Dr. Wang says local case rates have started to increase and we are at risk for the rapid acceleration that other Regions are seeing. Parents and schools should prepare for the possibility that there may be a need to switch to online learning following the April break.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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