Ontario extends COVID-19 stay-at-home order until at least June 2

COVID-19 Ontario Update: May 12, 2021 – Cornwall Newswatch

However, youths age 12 to 17 will be eligible to book a vaccine starting May 31, said Ford, along with their families. "We must stay vigilant and continue to do what we're doing".

Ontario's stay-at-home order has been extended.

The federal government approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for youths in that age category.The extension of the stay-at-home order means that Ontario residents must continue to remain at home except for certain purposes, which include going to work, a store, or exercising. "But we also know that when rates increase and get incredibly high in some of our communities we're going to find more and more cases in our schools and we're going to increase the risk of transmission and exposure", said Fisher on 580 CFRA on Wednesday.

Reports earlier this week suggested the Ford government has yet to rule out a return to in-person learning in areas with low rates of COVID-19. "So for the time being we will need to continue with virtual learning".

"We've seen disturbing reports that over 88,000 travelers entering Canada, one-third of travelers on global flights, have been able to bypass the mandatory three day hotel requirement".

Ontario's Chief Medical officer of Health Dr. David Williams said earlier this week that the province would need to see daily COVID-19 case counts below the 1,000 mark before significantly loosening restrictions.

Hospitals were caring for 1,632 patients - 776 in intensive care and 568 on ventilators. The virus variants that now predominate in Ontario are more contagious.

"We've been asked to coordinate locally with our locally school boards", said Marentette.

As of 10:30am Wednesday, Public Health Ontario reported another 2,320** cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 499,412. Of those, 461,076 are resolved (92.3 per cent) and 8,374 people have died (32 more than Tuesday).

"People are frustrated. They are exhausted".

"This is right in our wheel house of expertise where immunizing teenagers through school-based programs is the primary way that public health delivers vaccinations in a non-pandemic year", said Dr. Trevor Arnason, Ottawa's associate medical officer of health, while speaking with reporters on May 5. The statistics reported later in the day by Ottawa Public Health later in the day often vary slightly from the provincial numbers because the data are collected at different times. While cases have been falling in Canada's most populous province, they remain well above the 1,000-per-day level health officials would like to see before easing restrictions.

The province has been under pressure to relax restrictions around outdoor recreation.