Ontario Hits the Pause Button as COVID-19 Cases Surge

Thunder Bay COVID-19

TORONTO – Surging numbers of cases of COVID-19 have brought a halt to more easing of restrictions in Ontario.

Deputy Premier Christine Elliott says that Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has recommended a pause of four weeks in opening up more business and in easing of COVID-19 regulations. Elliott is also Ontario’s Minister of Health.

Ontario says 185 new cases of the virus on Tuesday. This increase represents a daily number of over 100 new cases per day over the past two weeks.

In Thunder Bay, there remain no active cases of COVID-19, the bulk of the increase is in Burlington and Toronto.

At his daily press briefing today, Premier Ford spoke with great frustration over reports of large parties and gatherings – especially at universities.

“Based on the advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health”, stated Elliott, “We will be taking a pause of four weeks before considering any further loosening of public health measures or further reopening of business facilities or organizations.”

With the opening of schools, colleges, and universities, the concern is Ontario could see a surge of COVID-19 cases.