Parts of Ontario Could Be Headed to Stay-at-Home Order

B.C. moves to next stage of vaccine rollout with online booking

Since that time, Ottawa Public Health has reported 2,346 new cases of COVID-19.

Ford said, "We're going to have further restrictions moving forward very, very quickly".

The letter was released shortly before Peel Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh issued a Section 22 order mandating the immediate closure of all schools in the region for at least two weeks.

The three doctors also appealed to Williams to move schools to online learning in regions with significant COVID-19 outbreaks, remove businesses from the list of essential services, and implement 50 per cent staffing limits for those businesses deemed essential.

Noting on Tuesday that the USA has reached a milestone of 150 million vaccinations since President Joe Biden entered office, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden will officially announce that by April 19 all adult Americans will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Ontario Medical Association also joined the calls for stricter measures and a stay-at-home order to address the increase in COVID-19 cases. That could be extended if the situation doesn't improve, TPH noted. Toronto Public Health followed on Tuesday, closing city schools to in-person learning starting Wednesday. Schools in Niagara remain open.

The decision to close schools in the region did not sit well with Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown.

Ford says officials will send mobile units into COVID-19 hotspots and to companies to ensure that they "target these businesses".

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) issued a statement on Monday, saying provincial doctors are concerned that we are entering the worst phase of the pandemic since last spring and urge everyone - all levels of government and every Ontarian - to take the warning seriously.

"Going to the malls is not essential", the Premier said.

But increasingly, experts in the health-care sector say essential workers who can not work from home and often can not self-isolate if they contract the illness should be prioritized for the shot.

There are 942 people hospitalized with the virus in Ontario, but the Ministry of Health notes that 10 per cent of Ontario's hospitals do not submit data on weekends. About 22 per cent of schools now have at least one reported case, while 83 schools, or 1.7 per cent of Ontario 4,828 publicly funded schools, are closed due to COVID-19.