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Province Extends At Home Learning Until January 25th

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By Greg Fry COVID-19 update 617 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. 49 in Northern Health

The province of Ontario is in a crisis, says Premier Doug Ford, and new COVID-19 modelling numbers are being described as 'scary'. That is how I can describe.

The province's chief medical officer of health will continue to consult with experts, review data and provide advice to the government on the "appropriate and effective" measures that are needed to protect the health of Ontarians.

Going forward, every Thursday we will update ongoing outbreaks in long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities in British Columbia.

Ford warned of "dire" consequences if Ontarians don't follow the measures and suggested the current 28-day lockdown, which began January 26, could be extended if the pandemic continues to worsen.

Health Sciences North's website said four people were in hospital with COVID, although none in ICU.

All students are now learning online as part of a provincial lockdown, but those in northern Ontario and elementary students in southern Ontario are set to return to schools next week.

"Everything is on the table right now", said Ford. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above.

"If these basic measure continue to be ignored, the consequences will be more dire".

The Ontario government has also announced the the lockdown in northern Ontario will be extended for an additional 14 days, to align with the rest of the province, but elementary and secondary students in the seven northern Ontario public health units will return to in-person learning on January 11.

Another 8,755 people are under public health monitoring due to close contact with a known COVID-19 case. "Please keep in perspective the limited spaces we have in our hospitals and ICUs".

Dr. Yaffe says public health measures must be followed and we need to hang on until April, May and June when mass vaccinations begin. "Even on a temporary basis, you can feel a significant sense of sadness and loss when you can't smell anything."Imagine not being able to ever taste food in the same way you did just a few months prior".

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