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What Ford's New COVID Measures Mean for the Construction Industry

What Ford's New COVID Measures Mean for the Construction Industry”

Ontario reported 2,903 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, including eight new cases of a variant from the United Kingdom. Outbreaks, including in long-term care, have spread across the province and are no longer concentrated in the GTA; one-quarter of the province's hospitals have zero free ICU beds, while a further quarter have only one or two; and deaths from the pandemic could exceed 100 per day by the end of February.

Ontario, meanwhile, reported 2,903 daily cases Tuesday with 41 more deaths in the province.

The government will also implement new health and safety measures in child care settings, such as enhanced screening to align with school requirements, voluntary participation in targeted testing, and additional infection prevention to align with schools.

The data shows Ontario's Health system will soon be overwhelmed from COVID-19.

The full briefing can be read below.

With one-third of Ontario's population ignoring normal COVID-19 pandemic precautions and with more people getting sick and dying, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has issued a stay-at-home order in the hopes that the "bad actors" out there will heed the advice. About one quarter of Ontario hospitals now have no ICU beds free while another quarter only have one or two beds available.

He said there are serious health consequences for every region of Ontario, including rationing of vital medical care.

S. land border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least February 21 - another 30-day extension to the restrictions in place since mid-March. They add it is 56% more transmissible than the main COVID-19 strain.

New public health measures, which include slightly reduced hours of operation for some essential and non-essential businesses, will come into effect on Thursday and will remain in place for 28 days. "We are continuing to see concerning trends across the province, including a tragic number of deaths", said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

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"In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home", reads a release from the government issued on Tuesday after Ford's afternoon press conference.

Schools in five hot spots in southern Ontario, including Toronto and Hamilton, will remain closed to in-person learning until February 10.

To continue to keep students, staff and communities safe, new health and safety measures will be put in place for in-person learning.

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is also taking additional steps to protect workers with the launch of the "Stay Safe All Day" campaign, which will focus on workplace inspections in areas of high transmissions, such as break rooms and provide educational materials to employers promoting safe behaviour before, during and after work.

"They will be choices about who will get the care they need and who will not".

Deaths continue to spike in long-term care with 198 residents and 2 staff dying of the virus since January 1.

As of Monday evening at 8 pm, the province has administered 133,553 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

There are now over 400 patients with COVID-19 in ICU beds throughout the province.

If the variant continues to spread widely, the modelling table said, the doubling time for cases in the province could drop down to just 10 days.

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