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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: The significant risks being posed by the new, more contagious variants has caused the Ontario government in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health Ontario, to extend the Stay-at-Home Order (O. Reg. 265/21), set to expire on May 19 until at least June 2, 2021.
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The case counts rates also continued to be very high at 134.9 cases per 100,000.
“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 Ontario Premier Ford on May 13 a news release and added, “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 a record number of Ontarians every day, we can begin looking forward to July and August and having the summer that everyone deserves.”
All publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools in the province will also continue to follow teacher-led remote learning.
“Despite the progress...we are not yet at the point where we can safely exit the Stay-at-Home Order, as our health system remains under significant strain,” said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health in the news release.