The Ontario government sent an emergency alert Thursday morning reminding residents that the stay-at-home order announced earlier this week is now in effect.
“Only leave home for essential purposes such as food, healthcare, exercise or work. It’s the law. Stay home, stay safe, save lives,” the alert, transmitted shortly after 10 a.m. ET, read.
The Solicitor General’s office said the alert was sent to all cell networks in the province, as well as broadcast on television and radio.
The stay-at-home order is part of a series of new measures recently implemented by the province in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The illness threatens to overwhelm Ontario’s health-care network, revised modelling published this week suggests.
It was the government’s latest attempt to communicate the new restrictions, which have been a source of confusion and speculation throughout the week.
The province has said there’s no set definition for what is “essential” because everyone has their own unique circumstances and regional considerations.
Premier Doug Ford urged people to use their “best judgment” in deciding whether to go out.
Meanwhile, Ontario reported another 3,326 cases of COVID-19 and 62 more deaths of people with the illness today.
The new cases include 968 in Toronto, 572 in Peel Region, 357 in York Region and 268 in Windsor-Essex.
Other public health units that saw double- or triple-digit increases were:
- Niagara Region: 165
- Ottawa: 144
- Hamilton: 107
- Middlesex-London: 102
- Waterloo Region: 100
- Durham Region: 93
- Halton Region: 85
- Simcoe Muskoka: 80
- Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph: 57
- Eastern Ontario: 39
- Brant County: 29
- Huron-Perth: 29
- Lambton: 20
- Thunder Bay: 19
- Southwestern: 18
- Chatham-Kent: 17
- Grey County: 11
(Note: All of the figures used in this story are found on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard or in its Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any region may differ from what is reported by the local public health unit, because local units report figures at different times.)
The seven-day average of new daily cases stands at 3,452.
More to come.
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