York Region pushed back to phase two lockdown

Grant Boone
October 17, 2020

Since October 3, York Region has seen the total number of patients requiring an ICU bed jump from 63 to 72, and the number of patients requiring a ventilator went from 19 to 25 across the region.

Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region - the three COVID-19 hot spots - have already been rolled back to a modified Stage 2 for 28 days, closing indoor restaurant dining and gym classes.

Premier Doug Ford said the province plans on spending the unallocated money and intends to tackle the deficit by spurring the economy and finding efficiencies, citing government procurement as an example.

The premier is expected to make an announcement Friday afternoon in Mississauga alongside Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli. "I encourage everyone to participate because we need all of us pulling in the same direction to make this COVID Alert app work".

"As our government continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to developing digital tools to help stop the spread", said Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for Digital and Data Transformation.

"This is a very hard decision to make because we know it requires sacrifices on many people and it's going to affect people's lives significantly", Elliott said. "We need to avoid a full lockdown". "We took the same decisive action with Toronto, Ottawa, and Peel Region".

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Ford said the province opted to give York Region until Monday at 12:01 a.m.in an effort to provide local businesses, including restaurants, with more time to respond. Before-school and after-school programs will also continue to be exempt from these new restrictions and will remain open.

On Thursday, Ontario's Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health indicated that further measures could be coming to both York Region and Halton Region, saying that officials are "concerned".

Last week, the federal government also announced a new suite of measures aimed at assisting businesses that are struggling amid the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard indicates that the seven-day moving average is 241 with the active daily outbreaks now rising to 24 over the same-day moving average.

"I am begging the people of Halton; please help me out here".

"We sincerely hope that we don't have to do it in any of the other regions", she said, adding the province is now looking at Halton Region.

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