State of Emergency declared; stay-at-home order issued

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 13, 2021

Meanwhile, the medical officer of health for Windsor-Essex said that his hard-hit region has now completed the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations in all its long-term care homes.

These enhanced measures are expected to be in place until at least February 11.

"More than half of our intensive care units in Ontario are full or only have on or two beds left", said Adalsteinn Brown, co-chair of Ontario's COVID-19 science advisory table, during a data forecasting presentation at Queen's Park on Tuesday.

The provincial government asks the public to adhere to the rule of only leaving home for essential purposes, which could include "emergency maintenance" of their cottages as opposed to leisure trips. "Stay home. Save lives".

This order, along with other new and existing public health restrictions, aim to limit people's mobility and reduce the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household.

Additionally, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.

The dire news came as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada has secured another 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the virus that causes COVID-19.

Brown said COVID-19 hospitalizations have gone up 72.2 per cent in the last four weeks and the number of patients in the ICU is up 61.2 per cent.

There is a worry that without these steps, our hospitals could be overwhelmed by early February.

British Columbia recorded 22 more deaths from COVID-19 over a three-day period, pushing its death toll to 1,010, as the province also announced an additional 1,475 cases.

Why are outdoor gatherings of five people still allowed?

The restricted hours do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants open for takeout or delivery.

Hahn said some people simply can not afford to stay home, noting most long-term care workers are considered part-time. But another 41 people had died in the province since Monday and 138 more were admitted to hospital because of COVID-19.

"We'll be going to cabinet with recommendations".

"The system is on the brink of collapse", Ford said, as reissued #Ontario state of emergency and ordered people to stay home.

Provincial officials are expected to clarify numerous details of the new restrictions Wednesday afternoon, and Tory told CP24 it's the government's responsibility to ensure the information they're sharing is clear and comprehensible.

"The past nine months of this pandemic has been really jarring for us because everything we had known or what we did in our daily lives, all of it was gone", Ellison said.

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On Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford declared a second state of emergency and as of 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, the province will be enforcing a stay at home order.

During the press conference Ford said that anyone who does not to abide by orders will be subject to set fines and/or prosecution.

The province is allowing police to write tickets for people who don't comply with the stay-at-home order, temporarily close premises and disperse individuals who are gathering, regardless of whether or not the premises is closed.

In five of the hardest hit areas of Ontario - including the Toronto area, nearby Hamilton, and Windsor-Essex across the border from Detroit - schools will remain closed until at least February 10.

An announcement on when schools in other Public Health regions will open is expected on January 20.

Before- and after-school programs can be offered when in-person instruction resumes.

To continue to keep students, staff and communities safe, new health and safety measures will be put in place for in-person learning. Childcare for children who are too young for school will remain open, along with emergency childcare for some school-age children.

"Locally, there are 837 new cases in Toronto, 545 in Peel, 249 in York Region and 246 in Niagara". Surgeries are being cancelled and the access to care deficit will continue to increase with real consequences for health.

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