Mississauga, Brampton to lift restrictions once Ontario's COVID numbers are "well below" 1,000 daily cases
Not willing to plunge the province into a fourth wave of COVID-19, Ontario's chief medical officer of health says Mississauga and Brampton along with the rest of the province will have to wait before the current stay-at-home order is lifted.
Dr. David Williams said he wants to see cases of COVID-19 to drop well below the 1,000 level each day as numbers can quickly jump up again if there is too much interaction between people.
Today there were 2,716 across Ontario, 707 in Peel Region according to provincial government data. The provincial number is the lowest that has been seen since early last month.
"We are bending the curve," said Dr. Williams. "We are coming down off the third wave, but we want to get down the third wave totally.”
He said it is important to continue to press down the numbers to relieve the pressure on the healthcare system. Today, there are 1,642 people in Ontario who are hospitalized with COVID, 828 patients are in intensive care.
"We are cautiously optimistic," Dr. Williams said about the outlook of lifting the stay-at-home order. "But I think our target has to be lower than 1,000 (cases per day)."
His comments come as Premier Doug Ford and Ontario's cabinet consider extending the stay-at-home order that ends on May 20.
Many believe Queen's Park wants to keep activity under control until after the Victoria Day long weekend of May 22-24.
(Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams/Photo Chris Young The Canadian Press)
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