Published: Wed, April 07, 2021

Top doctors in Toronto and Peel call for provincial Stay-at-Home order

Top doctors in Toronto and Peel call for provincial Stay-at-Home order

The consideration of a stay-at-home order comes after a letter was sent to Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health on April 4 saying that stronger measures are required to curb the spread of the super contagious COVID-19 variants.

She said the variants are more highly transmissible and therefore more unsafe.

The province's latest epidemiological modelling predicted case numbers of 6,000 per day could be seen by the end of April if the province doesn't enact a Stay-at-Home order.

Schools boards and the province have been informed that Toronto Public Health will follow Peel Region in shuttering schools to in-person learning.

TPH is using a Section 22 order - which allows the city's medical officer of health to strengthen rules beyond what the province has put in place - to close schools to in-class learning from April 7 to April 18, a span that will include the April break. The neighbouring Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph health unit made a similar call for its schools Monday evening.

Caitlin Clark, spokesperson for Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce, said the provincial government believes schools are safe and not sources of transmission.

In a Twitter thread, Etches said she is "in the process of reviewing the COVID data in schools to advise on an approach to take for schools in Ottawa". "But right now we don't have enough people protected".

Vaccinations are one line of defense against the spread of COVID-19.

Ontario's Education Ministry reported 236 school-related cases provincewide on Tuesday, including 207 students and 29 staff members.

It's another day of more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases in B.C., as the province announces plans to expand the offering of the AstraZeneca vaccine at pharmacies in the coming days.

Ford had tightened restrictions across Ontario last week.

Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation- Toronto President Leslie Wolfe told CP24 Tuesday that she welcomes the move but it should have happened sooner.

She said the numbers in schools have been trending upward for the past two weeks.

To date, 893,590 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,472 of which are second doses.

Ontario is also moving into a second phase of its vaccination campaign, which includes inoculating essential workers who can not work from home, people with high-risk health conditions and communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus. "While the implementation of additional province-wide public health measures is welcome, stronger measures will be required to reverse the surge our health units (among others) now face".

"I think that it's hard for me to give you a general answer because of course provinces and territories have very different strategies across the country", she said Tuesday when asked about the pace of distribution.

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