Ford expected to impose second Stay-at-Home order

Ontario said to plan another stay-at-home order as COVID spreads

Ford had said that a new stay-at-home order was not issued because it produced tremendous ill effect on both children and adults. He says hospitals are reaching capacity and patients in the GTA are being sent to other parts of the province for care.

The province says the order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning. "By further strengthening public health and workplace safety measures, we can work to reduce transmission of the virus while we work to rollout Phase 2 of our vaccine distribution plan, and put more needles in the arms of Ontarians".

Variants are more transmissible and increase both the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, the table said, which estimates they now account for about 65 per cent of all new infections in the province.

"Unless it's for an essential reason, please stay home", Ford said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Ford encourages residents to stay at home unless it's for an essential trip, which includes things like grocery stores, pharmacies, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), outdoor exercise, or for work that can not be done remotely. Big box stores can only sell essential goods such as groceries, household cleaning supplies, pharmacy items, health-care items, personal care items and pet care supplies.

Other changes under the state of emergency and stay-at-home order include non-essential businesses only being able to offer curbside pick-up and delivery between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m, while delivery to patrons can happen between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Ontario said to plan another stay-at-home order as COVID spreads

Ford announced yesterday that education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs across the province, and education workers in select hot spot areas will soon be eligible to register for their vaccinations.

Additionally, the Ford government says mobile teams are being arranged to administer vaccines in high-risk congregate settings, residential buildings, faith-based locations, and locations occupied by large employers in hot spot neighbourhoods to individuals aged 18-and-up. More outdoor learning where it is possible this Spring and Summer.

Ontario is reporting 3,295 new cases of COVID-19 today and 19 more deaths linked to the virus.

The Ministry said 331 people were breathing with the help of a ventilator.

Dr. Zain Chagla of St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton said that the province has not yet seen its peak in cases, which presents serious risk for hospitals.

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