Premier Extends Lockdown and Stay At Home Order

Premier Extends Lockdown and Stay At Home Order

Premier Extends Lockdown and Stay At Home Order

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.

In the past 24 hours, the province said it found 2,737 more cases of the COVID-19 variant known as B.1.1.7.

"We can't rush to reopen".

The stay-at-home order and an increase in daily vaccinations have improved the circumstances across Ontario with lower daily COVID-19 case counts and positivity rate.

That means Middlesex-London, and all of Ontario, will remain under the order until at least June 2.

Premier Doug Ford says it is too soon to lift the order, which was set to expire next Thursday. The province ended in-person learning on April 19 as community transmission of the virus climbed. "Overall, if we manage cases in our community, together with our mitigation measures that we already have in school, schools can be a safe learning environment and we need to try to get our students back to school as fast as possible for their mental health and their learning".

That region dropped below 40 COVID-19 hospital patients Wednesday for the first time in a month, but its test positivity of about four per cent is roughly double the provincial average, officials said. The main issue right now is the load on our hospital system, ' said Dr. Williams.

"We've seen disturbing reports that over 88,000 travelers entering Canada, one-third of travelers on global flights, have been able to bypass the mandatory three day hotel requirement". Between May 5 and May 12, the number of virus patients in Ontario ICUs fell to 776 from 877.

Meanwhile, Ontario passed another grim pandemic milestone on Thursday when the number of laboratory-confirmed cases of people with COVID-19 passed the 500,000 mark.

Triple digit case counts were also reported in Durham Region (147), Hamilton (133), Ottawa (110), and Halton Region (104).

The death of 31 more Ontarians was attributed to COVID-19 Thursday bringing the total number of lives lost to 8,405.

"As much as we're seeing a decline, which is good, everyone is moving forward, we're getting the vaccines in the people's arms, but we just can't risk it".

"People are frustrated. They are exhausted". Today, 16 new cases have been reported. The statistics reported later in the day by Ottawa Public Health later in the day often vary slightly from the provincial numbers because the data are collected at different times.

The province will work with public health units to offer both doses of vaccine to youth aged 12 to 17 by the end of August, in collaboration with school boards and other partners.

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