While there has been no evidence shown that the new variant is not more severe, more cases will put more pressure on the health care system as a whole.
These enhanced measures are expected to be in place until at least February 11.
A nurse guides people being tested for COVID-19 outside a hospital in Toronto, on December 10, 2020.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, as officials warned that a surge in COVID-19 cases could cause the province's health-care system to collapse in the weeks ahead.
The Ontario government now hopes to begin the second phase of its vaccination plan - which will involve seniors outside of long-term care and in other forms of congregate care - as early as April, as larger numbers of federally approved vaccines become more available. "Stay home. Save lives".
Under the stay-at-home order, residents are required to stay at home starting on Thursday, January 14, except for essential activities such as accessing health care or shopping for groceries.
When looking at what constitutes as an essential trip, the provincial government provided broad categories which include leaving ones home for: food, healthcare services, including medication, exercise or work, where someone's job can not be done at home.
As of 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 133,553 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario, including 11,448 doses administered in the past 24 hours. "But as we find closer to a 1,000 intensive care beds - about half of our capacity - filled with COVID-19 patients in February, we will have to confront choices that no doctor ever wants to make and no family ever wants to hear", said Brown.
"If we don't move fast, our hospital ICUs could be overwhelmed by the beginning of February", he said.
There were 44,802 COVID-19 tests completed in the province in the last-recorded 24-hour period.
Data also shows that mobility and contacts between people have not decreased even with the current restrictions.
Outdoor gatherings are now limited to five people and wearing a face mask or covering is now recommended outdoors when you can't physically distance.
Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.
Nearly 40% of long-term care homes have active COVID-19 outbreaks.
The projections predict case counts and hospitalizations will all rise alongside the death count to levels that would have a disastrous effect on the provincial healthcare ecosystem.
"We have made great strides in vaccinating tens of thousands of Ontarians, and we can't let these efforts go to waste".
The province recognizes that "some people live alone and may require the company or support of others for their mental and physical well-being", which is why these gatherings are still allowed.
He added that the association has asked the provincial government for guidance surrounding what will be expected of police officers.
"The past nine months of this pandemic has been really jarring for us because everything we had known or what we did in our daily lives, all of it was gone", Ellison said.
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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.
Under the state of emergency declaration, law enforcement and bylaw officers will have the power to disperse gatherings and issue tickets to those not following the measures. This includes parks or houses. "Schools in hot spots may not resume". Schools in northern PHUs will continue to remain open.
He notes community spread also continues to escalate.
Child care centres for non-school aged children will remain open.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 738 new cases in Toronto, 536 in Peel Region, and 245 in Windsor-Essex County.
"This situation continues to burden local health-care resources, particularly in areas where infection rates are highest", she wrote.
To date, 609 people in Grey-Bruce have contracted COVID-19 including 41 healthcare workers.
In conjunction with the Ministry of Long-Term Care and the Retirement Regulatory Authority, the Ministry is using a new data-sharing program to focus on onsite inspections of long-term-care homes and retirement homes.