Ontario Warns 'Peak Period' Could Last Weeks Yet Despite Plans To Start Reopening
There's still a long way to go, Ontario warns.
It might be best not to get too excited in Ontario just yet. Although the province is planning to kickstart a reopening of the economy, we're far from out of the woods yet, warn health staff. Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe told reporters on Friday, April 24, that the "peak period" for community spread of COVID-19 in Ontario could actually stretch for several more weeks.
Premier Doug Ford had spoken earlier on Friday and suggested a framework will be released early next week outlining how the province will come about getting things back in motion.
He stressed that although things are moving in the right direction, they will have to take a "gradual and measured" approach, according to CBC.
However, after he clarified that plans to open back up by, Dr. Yaffe warned against believing Ontario is coming out the other side of the pandemic just yet.
"The modelling data presented earlier this week was showing that we are likely at a plateau," she said to reporters on Friday when asked how long the peak period could be expected to last.
"Hopefully, the plateau will end up being the peak. It's not one day, it could actually be weeks. We don't know."
"While the numbers continue to increase, we remain cautiously optimistic that the outbreak in the community is peaking," Dr. Yaffe added.
"This is in large part thanks to all of you in Ontario who have followed the advice of public health officials and continued to adhere to social distancing measures."
However, she made pains to emphasize that Ontario "won't know for sure" that it has been in the peak period until it is out the other side.
By the sounds of it, that could be a while yet.
For what it's worth, the Canadian government seems to agree we're still in it for the long haul right now.
On Friday, it contracted a Waterloo-based manufacturer to createfor frontline workers in the country.
And there was more good news for the province on Friday as the latest statistical update revealed that there are now currentlyin Ontario.