The government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is immediately declaring a third provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). These measures are being taken in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission, the threat on the province's hospital system capacity, and the increasing risks posed to the public by COVID-19 variants.
Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a province-wide Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise close to home and with the people you live with, or for work that cannot be done remotely. As Ontario’s health care capacity is threatened, the Stay-at-Home order, and other new and existing public health and workplace safety measures will work to preserve public health system capacity, safeguard vulnerable populations, allow for progress to be made with vaccinations and save lives.
Case rates, hospitalizations, and ICU occupancy are increasing rapidly, threatening to overwhelm the health care system:
- The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the province have increased by 28.2% between the period of March 28 and April 5, 2021;
- Between March 28 and April 5, 2021 Ontario has seen the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care escalate by 25%; and
- Over the past week, the province’s positivity rate is 5.1%, well above the high-alert threshold of 2.5%, and as of April 6, 2021, there has been a total of 2,483 cases with one of the three variants of concern.
COVID-19 Modelling Update (April 1):