Minister of Health Elliott and media reports say Premier Ford and cabinet considering an extension of stay-at-home order to June 2 in face of stubbornly high COVID-19 numbers

The weekly percent positivity in Simcoe Muskoka has been highest among youth aged 10 to 19 over the past five weeks

With the current stay-at-home order set to expire May 19, some media reports are indicating that Premier Doug Ford and his cabinet will meet to consider next steps, including a possible extension of the order to June 2.
Media outlets, including CHCH and 680 News, say the extension is being considered to combat still high daily COVID-19 numbers and pressure on intensive care units (ICUs), with medical experts advising against an easing of current restrictions.
The speculation comes as the number of new cases continues to generally decline, with the Province reporting 2,716 new cases for Monday. That’s up from the 2,557 cases on Sunday, the lowest recorded since April 1. On Saturday, 2,864 new cases were reported, down from 3,166 the day before. However, Friday’s numbers were under-reported due to technical problems.
Minister of Health Christine Elliott also hinted that the order may be extended beyond the May 24 long weekend, and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams was reported saying the numbers would have to be well under 1,000 for restrictions to ease.
There are currently 1,632 patients being treated for COVID-19 in Ontario hospitals, a decrease of eight from the previous day. Of those, 828 are in ICU beds, a decrease of 20, with 547 on ventilators, a decline of 33 from the day before. There is a total of 495,019 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario reported to date, with 8,327 deaths.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 437 new cases of COVID-19 last week, a decline from the 555 new cases reported the week before. There were 25 COVID-19 deaths reported in April, double the amount from March. Other highlights include:
• To date 3,094 local cases have tested positive for the COVID-19 variant of concern UK B.1.1.7 (UK), 66 cases have tested positive for the P.1 variant of concern (Brazil), 17 cases have tested positive for the B.1.351 variant of concern (South Africa) and an additional 700 cases have screened positive (awaiting confirmatory testing)
• Over 239,750 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Simcoe Muskoka, including doses administered by local pharmacies. Over 222,800 individuals living in Simcoe Muskoka have received their first dose of vaccine, which represents over 36 percent of the total population.
• There have been 10,918 confirmed cases in the region
• There have been approximately 1,650 cases associated with local outbreaks since the start of the pandemic
• The percent positivity rate in Simcoe County is 5.5 percent and is 2.1 percent in Muskoka District, compared to the provincial percent positivity rate of 7.2 percent., with the reproduction rate (Rt) being 1.1 as of April 25
• The weekly percent positivity in Simcoe Muskoka has been highest among youth aged 10 to 19 over the past five weeks
• A low percent positivity rate indicates the outbreak is under control, given more testing is finding a smaller and smaller proportion of positives.

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