"Make no mistake, we are not out of the woods yet", said Premier Doug Ford during a media briefing on Thursday.
"This is right in our wheel house of expertise where immunizing teenagers through school-based programs is the primary way that public health delivers vaccinations in a non-pandemic year", said Dr. Trevor Arnason, Ottawa's associate medical officer of health, while speaking with reporters on May 5.
The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. "But we also know that when rates increase and get incredibly high in some of our communities we're going to find more and more cases in our schools and we're going to increase the risk of transmission and exposure", said Fisher on 580 CFRA on Wednesday.
Currently, there are 29,235 active cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.
"From May 3 to 9, 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".More news: World Health Organization has not associated 'Indian Variant' with B.1.617 strain, says Centre
However, youths age 12 to 17 will be eligible to book a vaccine starting May 31, said Ford, along with their families.
"Expanding vaccines to youth 12 and up will bring us one step closer to normalcy for our students", said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. So for the time being, we will need to continue with virtual learning.
Chief Medical Officer of Health David Williams stated earlier this week that daily case counts need to stay below 1,000 if restrictions are to be loosened. "Is that going to impact us, are we going to see that?"
Ontario's third wave has hit harder that the previous two, with intensive care units swamped and patients transported across the province to receive care.
"I think we are still looking at June through July before we start to ease off."More news: Birthday Party Shooting in Colorado Leaves 7 Dead, Police Say
In the past 24 hours, the province said it found 2,737 more cases of the COVID-19 variant known as B.1.1.7.
Public health experts continue to argue that outdoor recreation offers people a good outlet while being relatively safe.
The premier has issued another letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, arguing additional measures - such as quarantine requirements for travellers coming into Canada by land - are needed to curb the spread of more contagious COVID-19 variants. Schools were closed to in-person learning and moved online following the April Break, on April 19.
"We've been asked to coordinate locally with our locally school boards", said Marentette.
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