Stage 3 of re-opening in Ontario looks like it is going to be coming soon as the coronavirus caseload takes a downturn in most public health units.
Data from 24 public health units — everywhere but the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton, Niagara, Windsor-Essex, Lambton and Haldimand-Norfolk — show the spread of the virus remains mostly contained.
Public health units in eastern, northern and much of southwestern Ontario have been at Stage 2 for nearly 3 weeks which allowed for the opening of shopping malls, hair salons, swimming pools, and bar and restaurant patios. Here are the active cases reported at this time:
Active COVID-19 cases in Ontario’s public health units
Cases of COVID-19 reported as “not resolved” in the provincial public health database on June 30.
OverPublic health unit
|Active cases||Active cases per 100,000|
|Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington||27||12.7|
|Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge||8||4.2|
|Sudbury and Districts||3||1.5|
|Thunder Bay District||2||1.3|
|North Bay Parry Sound District||1||0.8|
|Hastings Prince Edward||0||0.0|
|Leeds, Grenville & Lanark||0||0.0|
Provincial officials have said any announcements about progressing to the next stage would be made on Mondays.
What Does Stage 3 Look Like?
The particulars are yet to be established, but the province did suggest in April that Stage 3 would mean opening up all workplaces in a responsible manner as well as relaxing public gathering restrictions further. Large public gatherings like sports events would still be not happening however in the near future.
Medical experts do say however that even if we move to stage 3, it’s likely that many of our current health protocols like physical distancing, mask wearing and handwashing, will remain in effect.
Friday June 19th was the day Niagara officially entered into Stage 2. For updated information from Niagara Region Public Health about COVID -19 locally, please visit the link HERE.
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