Ontario issues stay-at-home order province wide to curb virus

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 13, 2021

Ontario reported 2,903 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, which was the first time in more than a week daily cases fell below 3,000.

In Middlesex-London, we've seen our caseload skyrocket so much that Tuesday's 75 new cases actually felt like a reprieve from the records shattered earlier this month.

Since yesterday, 118 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, and 22 COVID patients have been admitted to intensive care units.

Ontario's long-term care sector continues to be devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and ICU occupancy is increasing with "real consequences for health" are among the key findings in the province's latest round of COVID-19 data and modelling.

Under the current restrictions, the data shows daily deaths from the virus will double from 50 to 100 by the end of February.

Quebec hospitals have 1,497 COVID-19 patients, including 221 in intensive care.

Brown noted that if Ontario hits five per cent case growth, a situation he described as "quite possible", the province could see 20,000 cases per day by the middle of February.

There are 385 COVID patients in intensive care units (down from 387 yesterday) and 262 COVID patients on ventilators (down from 268 yesterday). Forecasts suggest more deaths in wave 2 in long-term care than in wave 1.

Deaths continue to spike in long-term care with 198 residents and 2 staff dying of the virus since January 1.

Brown said the health-care system is working flat out to cope, but it is being overwhelmed by COVID-19. But another 41 people had died in the province since Monday and 138 more were admitted to hospital because of COVID-19.

While new COVID rules require pre-departure testing for all travellers flying into Canada, post-departure testing, testing while in quarantine, more surveillance and more supervised quarantines "are going to be incredibly important" to buy time for a vaccination campaign, Chagla said.

"There will be choices about who will get the care they need and who will not", Brown added.

Nearly 40% of long-term care homes have active COVID-19 outbreaks.

While more contagious, the variant is not considered more lethal or immune to vaccines.

Ontario announced eight new cases of the so-called United Kingdom variant Tuesday, bringing Canada's confirmed total to at least 22.

According to the province, all non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction.

All schools in the hotspot regions of Toronto, York, Hamilton, Peel and Windsor-Essex will also not return for in-person learning until February 10.

These restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell groceries and foodstuffs, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery, said the news release.

For those who had households visits, 34 per cent said they did not observe public health measures while 66 per cent said they did.

With one-third of Ontario's population ignoring normal COVID-19 pandemic precautions and with more people getting sick and dying, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has issued a stay-at-home order in the hopes that the "bad actors" out there will heed the advice.

"I know the stay at home order is a drastic measure, one we don't take lightly. They were going to adjacent regions to go shopping", she said.

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