Here’s Ontario’s latest third-wave COVID-19 modelling

Alonzo Simpson
April 19, 2021

The change will broaden access to vaccines as a third wave of infections threatens to overwhelm hospitals in Canada's most populous province and should make it easier to use doses that in some cases have been accumulating at pharmacies.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Friday afternoon that the state of emergency and stay-at-home order are being extended by two weeks for a total of six weeks. "Our regulations will be amended to allow playgrounds, but gatherings outside will still be enforced", Ford said. His own government will then send 25 per cent more doses to the "hot-spot" postal codes now taking priority, he said.

Meanwhile, data released Sunday by the province shows a record number of Ontarians are in hospital with COVID-19.

The new measures came just hours after Ontario's science advisers warned that the province's COVID-19 infections could soar past 15,000 cases per day by June without tougher restrictions.

Before the pandemic, on an average day, more than 180,000 trips were made between the two cities that face each other across the Ottawa River.

As of Monday, the province will also implement checkpoints at all interprovincial borders and limit border crossings to Manitoba and Quebec, with the exception of essential services such as goods, transit and medical care.

There are 41,588 active cases of the disease throughout Ontario.

In addition to these new restrictions, the Ontario government says they have launched an enhanced, targeted provincewide inspection campaign of construction sites, dispatching 200 workplace inspectors, supported by provincial offenses officers, to visit 1,300 constructions sites to enforce COVID-19 safety requirements.

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"In order to maintain public trust and support our members in their work, it is important we get this right".

"The reality is there's few options left", Ford said, during Friday's briefing. Every public health measure we have left comes at a massive cost for people and their lives. "But we have never shied away from doing what's necessary".

"Low income and minority communities have borne the brunt of this pandemic in terms of cases and mortality, and they are now more likely to bear the brunt of police enforcement".

In the Timmins area, there has been a surge of cases this week, with 68 cases being confirmed by the Porcupine Health Unit since Monday.

It's unclear what impact this might have on the London region, which is already expecting a reduction in COVID-19 vaccines in coming weeks.

The province logged 4,362 new cases on Saturday, down from Friday's record-setting number of 4,812.

Health Minister Christine Elliott also announced vaccines would be redirected to hot spots, with 25 per cent of future vaccine allocations going to 12 public health regions with higher rates of death, hospitalization and transmission. "We're now filling up our intensive care units on top of what was still there following the second wave and this is one of the reasons that we are in such jeopardy", he said during the briefing.

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