Earlier this week, the president of Ontario's Hospital Association (OHA), said hospitals reached a record high with at least 421 COVID-19 patients now in the province's intensive care units.
Ford noted the new variants are "far more risky than before, spread faster and do more harm than the virus we were fighting past year", and younger people are ending up in the hospital. Updates on all county services and facilities will continue to be posted to the COVID-19 section of our website at Northumberland.ca/COVID19.
COVID-19 cases could fall to between 1,000 to 1,500 a day by the end of April if the province activates a shutdown for four weeks, the table said.
Six regions are already in Grey-Lockdown, including Toronto, Peel, and Hamilton, while another 16 areas are in the Red-Control zone when it comes to provincial restrictions.
For more than a week in Ontario, the daily case numbers have been more than 2,000.
With the Easter long weekend hours away, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced that all 34 Public Health Regions of Ontario will move into shutdown.
"We are facing a serious situation and drastic measures are required to contain the rapid spread of the virus, especially the new variants of concern. And the fact that we have not been able to reopen up to today's date or the 12th, is what they promised us, and now it's back into this zone where you still have some things that are non-essential opening is outrageous", Kristen Gale, creator and CEO of The Ten Spot Beauty Bars told CP24 Tonight.
In-person shopping for retail establishments such as supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies is reduced to 50 per cent capacity, while the capacity limit for all other retail, including discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, cannabis stores, hardware stores and garden centres is reduced to 25 per cent. The lockdown will last for at least four weeks.
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One notable change from the January 2021 shutdown is the province will not issue a stay-at-home order this time.
Indoor social gatherings are prohibited and outdoor gatherings will be limited to five people.
Brown said variants of concern are now the dominate strain of the virus in the province. This does not include social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors.
On Thursday, the region saw 84 new cases. Our vaccine rollout is steadily increasing, and I encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated.
The capacity limit for weddings, funerals and other religious services indoors is 15 per cent, while outside can be the number of people that can maintain two metres physical distance. "That is our best protection against this deadly virus".
Under the shutdown restaurants will be closed to in-person dining but allowed to open for takeout and delivery.
More than 150 intensive care unit doctors signed an open letter to Ford, Health Minister Christine Elliott, and chief medical officer Dr. David Williams on Thursday, calling for new, stricter, measures. "I know the toll these restrictions continue to take on people's mental health and well-being".