Three top medical officers in Ontario call for stronger provincial measures, ‘stay-at-home’ orders and online learning where necessary
2021-04-05 from thestar.com
The medical officers of health for Toronto, Peel and Ottawa are urging the province to take further steps to protect their residents, saying the newly-applied “emergency brake” will not do enough to curb a new wave of virus spread in their regions.
In a letter dated April 4 to the province’s Dr. David Williams, doctors Eileen de Villa, Lawrence Loh and Vera Etches cite data provided by the province’s own science advisory table as reason for further action.
“A stay-at-home order issued by the province through an emergency order is necessary to prevent and mitigate large scale morbidity and mortality and irreparable strain on the healthcare system,” the co-signed letter says.
“Stricter lockdowns have been shown to be effective in other countries to control transmission while vaccine campaigns progressed to achieve sufficient population coverage to supress transmission.
Toronto Public Health spokesperson Meghan Kilty confirmed Monday the letter, a copy of which was provided to the Star after it was first obtained by Global News, was sent “in confidence to report on what we are seeing on the ground in our regions, and present possible courses of action.”
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