COVID rates have flattened in Ontario, but health experts say situation still ‘fragile’

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Published September 28, 2021 at 3:30 pm

Rates of new cases, hospitalizations and ICU occupancy have flattened, but the situation involving COVID-19 is fragile and prone to instability during the fourth wave.

Those are the findings of Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, which today updated projections for the virus in the months ahead.

The Science Table says to maintain control over case growth, continued high rates of vaccination must take place and health measures such as the wearing of masks and social distancing must be maintained.

Statistically, the new data suggests if current policies and measures hold, the daily number of new cases in the province should remain slightly below the 1,000 mark until November.

However, the panel warns that numbers will skyrocket if restrictions are loosened and the public lets down its guard.

Other factors remain much the same, with the panel again pointing out that the chances of hospitalization are highest for those who are unvaccinated.

The Science Advisory Table, comprised of a group of medical professionals, said that data concerning the return of students to school is inconclusive, but so far has not made an impact on the rates of infection.

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