Ontario adds 2961 new COVID-19 cases

Henrietta Brewer
January 13, 2021

Brown said survey data shows two-thirds of Ontarians are following public health rules such as physical distancing and wearing masks, but a third of the population are still bucking the restrictions.

"If we do not follow these restrictions, COVID-19 will continue to aggressively spread before vaccines have the chance to protect us", Brown said, adding that grey zone level restrictions have not succeeded in reducing mobility among people.

He will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, and General Rick Hillier (retired) to provide an update on the province's COVID-19 vaccination plan. Childcare for children who are too young for school will remain open, along with emergency childcare for some school-age children.

Over the past few weeks, there has been a doubling of COVID-19 case numbers across the province, causing a threat to Ontario's hospital system as well as posing alarming risks to long-term care homes.

Premier Doug Ford said while making the announcement, "The system is on the brink of collapse".

Ontario, meanwhile, reported 2,903 daily cases Tuesday with 41 more deaths in the province. The province's death toll now stands at 5,053.

Ontario is not alone. "There will be choices about who will get the care they need and who will not".

During a Zoom call with her grandmother after she contracted COVID-19, Bains said another female resident entered the room and began hugging and kissing the elderly woman on the forehead. The last thing I ever believed in is having a curfew when you pull out of your driveway after 8 p.m. the police are chasing you.

Under the state of emergency declaration, law enforcement and bylaw officers will have the power to disperse gatherings and issue tickets to those not following the measures.

Under this order, Ford says everyone must stay home and only travel for essential trips, such as groceries and medical appointments. "Everyone must stay home to save lives".

Saskatchewan, which reported 248 new cases Tuesday, is extending its public health orders until January 29, including occupancy restrictions on restaurants, movie theatres, places of worship and fitness classes.

Ontario has recorded well over 3,000 cases daily for the last week, with 3,338 new cases reported Monday.

Deaths in long-term care homes have hit 1,100 deaths and are expected to surpass 1,800 deaths experienced in the first wave.

Worse, she said the network was preparing for the possibility of having to use its protocol of prioritizing access to intensive care - essentially deciding which seriously ill patients get treated first if it becomes impossible to help them all. But there is no change to the six million doses scheduled to arrive this winter.

Canada has options to buy even more from both Pfizer and Moderna but those deliveries wouldn't come until late this year or even into 2022.

In active cases, the hardest-hit Ontario health units are Windsor-Essex County (436 cases per 100,000 people), Peel (406), Toronto (330), Niagara Region (278), Middlesex-London (264), Eastern Ontario (236), and York Region (226). Since Jan. 1, 198 LTC residents and two staff have died from the virus.

The same projections released today show there are outbreaks at 40 per cent of Ontario's long-term care homes. This new variant is now in Ontario.

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