A look at the numbers …
Public Health Sudbury & Districts is reporting seven new cases of COVID-19, all in the Greater Sudbury area.
Considering resolved cases, there are 80 active cases within the agency’s jurisdiction.
Health Sciences North is reporting 22 admitted patients, with 12 testing positive for the virus and ten waiting for test results.
Of the 22, five are in the intensive care unit.
Algoma Public Health is reporting five new cases of COVID-19, from Sault Ste. Marie and area.
Considering resolved cases, there are 19 active cases in the district.
Of the 19, three people are in hospital, two who do not live in the district, but are receiving care locally.
Stay at home order likely to be extended
It looks like the current stay-at-home order will not be lifted as scheduled on May 20th.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says medical experts have made it clear that we must stay the course for now.
While COVID-19 infection rates have been declining, hospital admissions remain high, and Elliott says there must be a “significant drop” in the numbers before reopening can be considered.
Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Doctor David Williams, is setting one-thousand as the daily number of new infections to ease restrictions.
Yesterday, more than 27-hundred new diagnoses were reported, the lowest level in more than a month.
The stay-at-home order could be extended for another two weeks pushing the deadline back to June 2nd.
A new survey shows Canadians would like to see COVID-19 vaccination passports issued.
The Leger on-line poll finds almost three-quarters want an official document to show they’ve been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
About 8 out of ten feel such passports should be necessary for air travel, but only six out of ten think they should be necessary for visits to places like restaurants or movie theatres.
Only half believe that visits to non-essential retail outlets need to be covered by the passport.
More Ontario residents qualify for vaccine
More Ontario residents are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations as of today.
The expansion covers more people who can’t work from home, such as grocery store and restaurant employees and those who suffer from certain health conditions, such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes.
As of Thursday, the province will also open up bookings to those who turn 40, or older, this year.
The province also confirmed that health care workers at risk won’t have to wait four months for their second shot.