Ontario issues stay-at-home order province wide to curb virus

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Residents will have to stay home starting Thursday except for essential purposes such as grocery shopping, accessing health care and exercising. "It is the law and it will be enforced".

The premier said abiding by the stay-at-home order is very simple.

Before turning over the microphone to Hillier for an update on the vaccine rollout, the premier addressed what some have felt is the confusing messaging of the latest lockdown: that most retail stores can remain open for curbside pickup, while big box stores and large retail establishments can still admit customers.

The province also reported 41 more deaths linked to the virus. That isn't possible in most of the rest of the province, particularly rural areas like the North.

The hamlet's office says anyone who gets a shot can have their name entered to win one of five cash prizes of $2,000 each.

Over that same time period, there was a daily average of 4,500 people being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals, including an average of 839 people in intensive care units every day.

The government is also going to substantially expand the list of health-care workers who can administer the vaccine; pharmacists and interns, for example, will now be included.

Ontario plans to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in all nursing homes and high-risk retirement homes by February 15.

"We have ramped up the capacity, the flow of vaccines, through the 19 hospitals that are running vaccination clinics", said Hillier.

"I know the stay at home order is a drastic measure, one we don't take lightly".

Ontario said today Phase One of the vaccine program aims to get 1.5 million eligible people vaccinated.

Health officials say hospitalizations rose to 1,516 in the last 24 hours and 229 hospitalized people were in intensive care.

So far, the vaccine has been given out in 196 locations across Ontario.

Over 144,000 doses have already been administered.

So far, more than 13,000 vaccinations have been administered to LTC residents.

There has been another death at a seniors long-term care facility in Saint John, N.B., bringing the number of COVID-related deaths in New Brunswick to 12.

Using Ornge, the province has also transported nearly 1,290 doses to coastal communities on James Bay and to Sioux Lookout, with 145 vaccines administered to remote fly-in First Nation communities this week. "There will be choices about who will receive oxygen and who will be transported to hospital".

While more contagious, the variant is not considered more lethal or immune to vaccines.

On Jan. 11, Ontario received close to 196,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, the province said today.

"Under the declaration they will have powers to disperse people and to issue tickets to bad actors - bad actors who are caught - they will get fined", said Ford.

Individuals with high-risk chronic conditions and their caregivers.

Officials listed five groups who will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 2 of their distribution plan. By the end of phase two in July of this year, the province hopes to have 8.5-million Ontarians vaccinated, or roughly half the province's population.

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