Top Public Health Officials Calling for Stay at Home Order in Ontario

Marco Green
Апреля 6, 2021

The letter, sent Sunday, calls on Dr. David Williams, the province's chief medical officer, to bring down the hammer on a long list of activities. Dr. Eileen de Villa of Toronto, Dr. Lawrence C. Loh of Peel Region, and Dr. Etches tweeted a copy of the letter on Monday. "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".

The letter also pushes for a return to online learning and paid sick days.

Stricter measures have been shown to be effective in other countries to control transmission while vaccine campaigns progressed, the letter states.

"The COVID situation in Ottawa is concerning", Dr. Quebec now has 123 people in intensive care for COVID-19, which is still well below the stated capacity of 383.

A man walks past a COVID-19 testing clinic, in Montreal, on February 12, 2021.

Ontario is now vaccinating the province's elderly population and those working in highest-risk settings, like hospitals and long-term care homes.

The province announced Sunday that non-essential businesses and many cultural venues must close, schools will move to virtual learning and the overnight curfew will be advanced to 8 p.m. from 9:30 p.m. starting Monday evening in five parts of the Chaudiere-Appalaches region.

According to Ottawa Public Health, there are seven COVID-19 outbreaks in Ottawa schools, involving 13 students and 6 staff members.

The province didn't share statistics on Good Friday, but on Saturday reported there had been more than 3,000 cases of COVID-19 for two consecutive days.

"Both Peel and Toronto have seen rapid case growth while placed in the Grey-Lockdown category of the COVID-19 response framework, highlight the need for stronger public health measures", the doctors wrote, adding that the third wave is being driven by variants of concern (such as new strains detected in the UK, South Africa and Brazil) and that younger people are being hospitalized with more severe illness. Etches said her team is reviewing school-related COVID-19 data to advise on an approach for local schools.

"It's critical to point out that after applying public health measures, it takes time for the intended effects of the measures to be realized due to the incubation period of the virus", said Alexandra Hilkene, press secretary to Health Minister Christine Elliott.

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