Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health said the province could move back into another State of Emergency.
On Thursday afternoon, Dr. David Williams said, “can the province go back again to move into a State of Emergency? It certainly can.”
He added that the cabinet is “quite weary” and “concerned” about the COVID-19 trends as cases are gradually increasing in most regions since moving back into Ontario’s colour-coded reopening framework.
Williams said that the cabinet, and the decision-makers, himself included, would prefer not to enter another State of Emergency.
“We’d like everyone to be able to continue to do what they should do in all levels so we can follow some of those better curves… and keep the variants of concern under control. We can do it. It is possible.”
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Williams continued that by now, everyone knows the health protocols to keep the variants at bay but repeated that the State of Emergency can be implemented, “we would rather not do it, but if we have to, we have to do it.”
During the press briefing, COVID-19 modelling was released, showing that progress on the virus has stalled with declines in community cases and test positivity levelling off. However, cases are increasing in most public health units as there is a rise in mobility — all 34 regions have re-entered Ontario’s colour-coded reopening framework.
Because of this, most regions have passed the Orange-Restrict Zone.
To date, Ontario has seen 313,520 COVID-19 cases and 7,109 virus-related deaths.