Health officials are calling for another stay-at-home order in Ontario

Ontario to drop two days' worth of COVID-19 data today

Ontario to drop two days' worth of COVID-19 data today

"We are not dealing with the same virus that we started out with a year ago".

Ontario on Monday reported almost 6,000 new COVID-19 cases over a two-day span, and Toronto Mayor John Tory announced he is working on a plan to vaccinate high-risk workplaces.

With the rise in new cases, several schools in Toronto have temporarily closed their doors for in-person learning. Under provincial guidelines, a COVID-19 outbreak in a school is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school (including transportation and before or after school care).

According to provincial data, there are now 2,342 cases of a variant of concern (VOC) in Ontario, with the B.1.1.7 variant comprising 2,165 of the total VOC cases.

"I know the tremendous burden this places on families in our region", Dr. Nicola Mercer said in a statement.

As of 8:00 p.m. Monday, 2,621,839 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

A spokesperson from Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the province firmly believes that schools should remain open for in-class learning as they are critical for students' mental health.

The mayor of Toronto says the city is working on a plan to give people in high-risk workplaces the COVID-19 vaccine at their job site.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments
He has consistently refused to push for more drastic lockdowns used in other countries, calling such tactics "authoritarian". After you register, you will be given a confirmation number, which you will need to book your actual appointment .

Tory stressed that the plan was contingent on the availability of vaccine supply in the coming weeks.

Ontario is now vaccinating the province's elderly population and those working in highest-risk settings, like hospitals and long-term care homes.

"Given the rapid deterioration in local indicators across our three public health units, we are writing today to make urgent comment on the decision to impose a province-wide emergency brake", the letter says.

The doctors also call for fewer businesses to be deemed essential and more operations shut down. The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital jumped from 23 on March 19 to 53 on April 5, while the number of people in the ICU with COVID-19 quadrupled from four to 16.

Ontario reported almost 6,000 new COVID-19 cases over a two-day span - 2,938 new cases on Monday and 3,041 cases on Sunday - and 22 deaths.

There are 942 people hospitalized with the virus in Ontario, but the Ministry of Health noted that 10 per cent of Ontario's hospitals do not submit data on weekends.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story.

Ontario also reported 494 patients in intensive care because of COVID-19 and 293 on a ventilator.

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