Ontario Hospitals Call For 4-Week Province-Wide Lockdown To Avoid 'Devastating Surge'

"The situation is extremely serious."
Ontario Hospitals Call For 4-Week Province-Wide Lockdown To Avoid 'Devastating Surge'

As infection rates surge in the province, the Ontario Hospital Association is calling on the Ford government to lock the province down for a four-week period.

"The situation is extremely serious," writes the OHA. Hospitals could reach their breaking point if Ontarians ignore measures to gather over the holidays.

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At a minimum, the OHA is asking the government to "implement and robustly enforce a four-week lockdown in every public health unit with an infection rate of 40/100,000 population or higher."

According to provincial data as of December 15, there are no public health units with an infection rate lower than 40/100,000.

The lowest infection rate is listed as 54.2 in the Algoma Public Health region.

This means that under the OHA's recommendation, all public health units would fall into the four-week lockdown.

The association says this would allow Ontario to "reset and recalibrate the components of its response to ensure that we are able to gradually re-open safely."

As of today, Toronto, Peel, York, and Windsor-Essex are the only regions in lockdown.

Ford has yet to confirm whether or not Toronto and Peel's lockdown will be extended, as it is set to expire on December 21.