Stay at Home Orders Extended Until June 2nd

Lula Sharp
May 14, 2021

The province must continue to drive down COVID-19 cases in order to ease the pressure on hospitals, he said at a news conference on Thursday.

Ontario's COVID-19 science advisory table, however, has called on the government to consider amending limits on outdoor activities immediatelty.

Meanwhile, the province's top doctor said he would like to see the number of daily infections drop "well below" 1,000 before Ontario lifts the stay-at-home order.

"We're still at a point where the trajectory is on a downward slope, but it's still taking a while for the numbers to come down", said Dr. Thomas Tenkate, associate professor at the Ryerson School of Occupational and Public Health.

On Thursday, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health said that increasing community spread and that schools were closed the province's ability to keep schools safe through case contact management "was starting to wane". "When we opened schools in February, we had rates that were near half that", said Etches.

On another COVID-19 topic (and in the most hopeful news of the day) Ontario also wrote in their release that "the government will prepare to administer the Pfizer vaccine to youth between the ages of 12 and 17, beginning the week of May 31, 2021". And Golf Ontario has told the Ford government that "golf is safe" and urged it reopen courses.

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.

On Thursday, when asked about the 1,000-a-day target, Williams said that "I'm looking at a number well under 1,000 and we have to stay there".

"We still have a ways to get back down, we didn't get all the way out of the second wave before we went into the third wave".

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"We're there to continue to support Ontarians through this hard time in whatever ways are necessary", he said.

"We know that they don't mount the same immune response in terms of the amount of antibody production, and they probably have a greater decay in their antibody production", Dr. Rakowski said.

The province reported 2,320 cases and 32 deaths on Wednesday.

The province, however, briefly loosened restrictions despite the warning before a surge of infections forced it to impose another lockdown.

Premier Ford says they will not be lifting any restrictions, including outdoor activities until June 2nd at the earliest.

The restrictions were in an effort to curb a growing third wave of COVID-19 in parts of the province fueled by variants of concern.

"On the one hand, we have some doctors, saying they want to open the schools, on the other hand, we have teacher unions saying we can't do that right now".

Ottawa Public Health reported 115 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Wednesday, while the weekly incidence rate is now 73.2 cases per 100,000 people.

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