Watch: Levels high enough to trigger but ‘no decision yet’ on rolling Eastern Ontario back into Stage 2, says Medical Officer of Health

EASTERN ONTARIO — Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis talks about the region’s rising case numbers and the potential rollback to “modified” Stage 2 restrictions in Eastern Ontario, in today’s media briefing (above).

The doctor says no decision has been made yet but that numbers of new infections per 100,000 population are high enough now in his jurisdiction to justify a return to Stage 2, which would be done in collaboration with the provincial government. He expects further discussions with the province over the next couple of days before anything happens.

Going back to a modified form of Stage 2 — as already imposed in York, Peel, Toronto and Ottawa — would hit restaurateurs by compelling them to close their indoor dining facilities once again. Roumeliotis also says he’s not inclined to exempt those parts of his jurisdiction that still enjoy low case levels in comparison to Prescott and Russell.

With the pandemic’s second wave more consistently producing higher numbers of COVID-19 infections, the doctor is upping his briefings to three times a week, Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4:15 p.m.

The case count, as of Oct. 19, 2020, and their geographic location with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit Region. Source: Eastern Ontario Health Unit

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