Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Clay Curtis
March 31, 2020

The number of resolved cases in the province has climbed drastically from eight patients to 431.

She said this week will be crucial in determining trends in the virus' spread in each province.

Also at a press conference on Monday Ford revealed the reality of the amount of medical supplies the province has. As of Sunday, there were more than 6,250 identified cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 63 deaths.

In terms of the demographics, 42 cases include those 19-years-old and younger, 1,319 of people between the ages of 20 and 64-years-old, and 343 of those are 65-years-old and over.

Williams, however, said in his statement that "we must do more".

"The health and well-being of Ontarians is a top priority of our government as we navigate through the COVID-19 health crisis".

Ontario to extend state of emergency
Tam said she's concerned about those provinces in particular because all are seeing the spread of COVID-19 by local transmission. Under the order, all communal or shared, public or private outdoor recreational amnenity in Ontario will be closed.

To ensure the province is able to continue its extensive efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, Ontario will also extend the March 17, 2020 declaration of emergency and subsequent emergency orders, regulations and amendments issued under s.7.0.1 and 7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. They should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days and contact their primary care providers or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) if they experience symptoms.

He said that Ontarians have a responsibility to "stay home except for essential reasons" and should even limit the number of essential trips, such as grocery shopping, to "the fullest extent possible". While the province reported 23 deaths in its morning update, public health officials later added 10 more.

Dr. Bogoch said that because people have no immunity to COVID-19, social-distancing measures can only be relaxed once Canada dramatically reduces the number of cases and the rate of transmission.

"Everyone has a role to play in reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 - there is no option for anyone to opt out", he said.

Dr. Bonnie Henry said the next two weeks mark a second incubation period for the coronavirus as she urged people to follow public health advice at what she describes as a critical time in the fight against the pandemic. A previous version stated an incorrect figure for the number of new patients in intensive care in Quebec.

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