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Most of Ontario enters first stage of reopening, loosening COVID-19 restrictions

Most of Ontario enters first stage of reopening, loosening COVID-19 restrictions”

Beginning 8 a.m. on Monday, those living in Delta hot spots in Halton, Peel, Porcupine (Timmins), Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and York public health units will be eligible for quicker second doses.

Worst case indicated 2,500 new daily infections is virus spread is high. "It requires a specific test, where they do sequencing and it takes time to get a response", Dr. Emili said.

Two of the province's largest testing labs, located in Regina and Saskatoon, are screening every positive sample of COVID-19 for the Delta variant.

"If Delta produces a problem, it's going to be very much tempered by the fact that we have less cases out there", says Evans.

More restrictions will loosen after 21 days if pandemic indicators continue to improve and more people get vaccinated.

Infectious disease experts widely agree that the two doses required to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus will offer stronger protection against the delta variant of the virus, which has become the dominant strain in the United Kingdom and is gaining momentum in Canada.

"We're getting enough vaccines to do so", he says.

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There are no further changes to vaccine eligibility outside of the hot spots.

Overall, Dr. Emili said COVID-19 case rates are stable, and we are seeing less cases appear in older age brackets as more vaccines get administered.

As of today, the province's public health units, mass vaccination clinics, hospital sites, pharmacies, and physicians are reporting more than 10.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered.

As for hospitals, normal operations could resume by mid-July with the modelling predicting fewer than 200 patients in the ICU by then.

Ontarians who got their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on or before April 18th, including those with the highest health risk conditions and special education workers, can now book their accelerated second dose.

And ICU capacity is expected below 200 by next month, it's now at 450. It would also support mobile and pop-up clinics.

Concerns were also raised at the meeting over Waterloo Region's weekly incidence rate of about 54 cases per 100,000, which sits above the provincial average and Toronto's average of 40.7. This would allow them to book second doses and receive an Ontario certificate of immunization.

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