Ontario Moves Regions to New Levels in COVID-19 Response Framework

TORONTO — The Ontario government, in consultation with Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health and other health experts, has moved five public-health regions to new levels with stronger public-health measures. The regional levels and specific public health measures are set out in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.

“The health and safety of all Ontarians is and will always be our top priority, that’s why we are following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts and making this adjustment today,” says Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Over the last week we’ve seen a shift in the trends of key public-health indicators in regions across the province, and by moving these five regions to a new level in the framework, we can ensure that the necessary targeted measures are in place to stop the spread of the virus and allow us to keep our schools and businesses open.”

Based on the latest data, the following public-health regions moved from their current level in the framework to the following levels effective yesterday at 12:01 a.m.:

Red-Control
• Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Orange-Restrict
• Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit.

Yellow-Protect
• Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
• Lambton Public Health; and
• Northwestern Health Unit.

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