Those vulnerable sectors and essential workplaces include long-term-care homes, retirement homes, schools, food processing, logistics, manufacturing, construction, and high-priority communities such as remote First Nations, as well as the province's land borders.
There are now confirmed cases of the UK, South African, and Brazilian COVID-19 variants in the province.
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There were 3,185 new cases Wednesday.
Ontario is reporting 1,072 new cases of COVID-19 today and 41 more deaths linked to the virus.
This is the second day in a row fewer than 1,100 cases have been reported after yesterday's 1,022.
There are 287 COVID patients in intensive care units (down from 295) and 203 COVID patients on ventilators (down from 204 yesterday). According to the HSN daily update web page, two of those patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Stay at Home orders have been in effect since January 14 and are set to expire in 28 regions on February 16, with Toronto, Peel, and York set to expire on February 22.
The government has warned that a sudden spike in cases could delay the reopening of any region in the province.
Three regions of the province, all in eastern Ontario, have already been moved to the "green" zone of the Ford government's reopening framework, allowing many businesses, including restaurants and gyms, to open their doors to customers once again after a six-week provincewide lockdown implemented on Boxing Day.
"The Ford government announced plans to permit more contacts between people in their plans to "open" up but did not announce safety measures to prevent the rapid spread of the United Kingdom variant of COVID-19", OHC executive director Natalie Mehra said in a statement Wednesday. I must be clear.
Public Health officials have cautioned that the death toll may continue to rise, despite lowering case numbers, as the progression of the disease might drag on for some people.
"The province has proposed that Peel could return to a revised reopening framework as early as Feb 22 and in entering that framework we could see the loosening of restrictions".
The active COVID-19 facility outbreak number also took a dip between Friday and Saturday by going from 33 to 29. "And I think the third wave is the big one for us". The province has also said it will use an "emergency brake" measure to move regions back into lockdown quickly if necessary. Since the pandemic was declared nearly a year ago, there have been 559 total COVID-19 cases reported to the Sudbury health unit, with 524 of those cases being resolved locally.
The easing of restrictions comes with criticism from health professionals and opposition parties, who point to the government's latest modelling data which shows COVID-19 variants could lead to a sharp increase in new cases if public health measures are relaxed. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.