TORONTO — Despite the gradual decrease in new cases and hospital admissions across Ontario, the provincial government announced today that the stay-at-home order, in effect since April 8th, will be extended until June 2nd. The additional two weeks will give Ontario the time it needs to administer more vaccines in the race against COVID-19.
“While we are seeing positive trends as a result of the public health measures put in place, we cannot afford to let up yet,” said Premier Ford. “We must stay vigilant to ensure our ICU numbers stay down and our hospital capacity is protected. If we stay the course for the next two weeks and continue vaccinating record number of Ontarians every day, we can begin looking forward to July and August and having the summer that everyone deserves.”
According to provincial statistics, this past week (May 2nd to 8th), the cases rate decreased by 14.8 per cent, with the positivity rate also decreasing to 7.7 per cent compared to 8.6 per cent the previous week. From May 5th to 12th, the number of patients with COVID-related critical illness in intensive care has decreased from 877 to 776. These are promising numbers.
However, key indicators remain high and more time is required before the province can safely lift the Stay-at-Home Order. From May 3rd to 9th, the provincial cases rate remained very high at 134.9 cases per 100,000 people, and per cent positivity was above the high alert threshold of 2.5 per cent. Hospitalization and ICU admissions also remain too high and well above the peak of wave two.
It is based on this data, the government says, that the decision was made to extend the Stay-At-Home order. The situation will continue to be re-evaluated on a regular basis.