Chief public health officer calls for continued 'collective effort' against COVID-19

York Region pushed back to phase two lockdown

That means indoor dining, gyms and movie theatres will close starting Monday. "We're seeing a rapid increase in the rate of infection with the positivity rate of 2.77 per cent above the high alert threshold of 2.5 per cent".

"Critical care admissions are reaching alarming levels", said Ford.

"I hate doing this, honestly, I hate doing this", he said, bu the had no choice.

Ford also commented on people travelling from more restricted areas of Ontario to less restricted areas.

"Try to stay at home..."


The premier's office said next steps are under discussion by experts at the public health measures table and no recommendations have yet been made to cabinet. "Stay within your area".

There is no word if the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit will benefit from new hires announced at Premier Ford's media briefing on Wednesday to help track and isolate new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. There are now 261 with the virus in hospitals, 67 in ICU.

Quebec says there were six new deaths in the province in the last 24 hours, with eight more that occurred between October 10 and 15 and one that occurred on an unknown date, for a total of 15 new COVID-19 deaths in Quebec. "They will be receiving regularly scheduled shipments".

Manitoba reported 85 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, for a total of 3,258, with 1,572 considered recovered and 38 deaths.

Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe said on Thursday that the COVID command table was "concerned particularly about York and Halton given the numbers that we are seeing".

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