Province Announces Grim COVID-19 Projections

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During the press conference Ford said that anyone who does not to abide by orders will be subject to set fines and/or prosecution.

Windsor's mayor was quick to support new stay-at-home orders and state of emergency issued by the Ontario government.

Local reaction to the new state of emergency and stay at home order is mixed among residents. "By doing the right thing and staying home, you can stay safe and save lives".

It automatically terminates 14 days after being made unless terminated earlier or extended by the government.

Also commenting at the Tuesday event was Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones who said the idea of the emergency declaration is to have people live by the restrictions of no more than five persons (beyond your family) at any gathering and to avoid any non-essential travel.

Despite efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccinate to all long-term care homes in the province as soon as possible, the modelling table said that under the worst case scenario, deaths among residents of long-term care homes during the second wave of the pandemic could reach a total of more than 2,600 by February 14, exceeding the 1,815 deaths recorded during the first wave.

Individuals are required to wear a mask or face-covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can't physically distance more than two metres.

All non-essential retail stores must close by 8 p.m. These restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell groceries and foodstuffs, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery, said the news release.

Windsor-Essex schools will also remain closed to in-person learning until at least February 10.

Ford also announced residential evictions are temporarily being suspended.

"Walk around the block".

Additionally, if employees are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care, they can access Canada's Recovery Caregiver Benefit of up to $500 per week for up to 26 weeks.

What does a "stay at home" order mean?

"We have looked, certainly, at the measures put in place in other jurisdictions, other countries, and curfews have been put in place with multiple other measures", Yaffe said.

She says workplaces have become a growing source of infection. "They're having coffee, they're obviously not wearing a mask".

"This order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people's mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household". As of January 9, the total number of long-term care residents infected with COVID-19 who have died during the second wave is 1,119.

One of the province's top doctors is warning residents we need to make changes if we want to curb the spread of Ontario COVID-19 cases.

The province recorded 5,056 deaths.

Ontario reported 2,903 new cases of COVID-19 today, including eight new cases of a variant from the United Kingdom.

The modellers also predict that the province will see more virus-related deaths during the second wave of the pandemic than the first.

"Under at least the worst-case scenario, we will be looking at over 2,600 deaths by Valentine's Day, which is significantly higher than the first wave", he says.

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