TORONTO, April 16, 2021 — The new pandemic restrictions announced by the government today are necessary to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Ontario’s doctors said.
The rate of COVID-19 transmission in our communities is alarming. The measures announced today, including extending the stay-at-home order, banning interprovincial travel and limiting essential retail and construction, are necessary to save lives and protect our health system.
A record 4,812 confirmed cases of COVID were reported in Ontario today and the latest worst-case modelling says that number could rise to 30,000 a day and more than 2,000 patients in our ICUs by mid-May.
The OMA continues to advocate for paid sick leave for essential workers, whose workplaces are the source of many outbreaks, especially in the hotspots of Toronto and Peel Region.
Doctors understand these are challenging times. Fatigue with public health restrictions has set in. We can’t let up and we urge everyone to comply with these new measures.
In addition to following public health measures, the one thing Ontarians can do to help reduce the spread of the virus is get vaccinated for COVID-19. Every Ontarian should take the first vaccine offered to them. Family doctors are already vaccinating their patients in some regions of the province and are ready and able to expand their role when more vaccines become available.
The Ontario Medical Association represents Ontario’s 43,000-plus physicians, medical students and retired physicians, advocating for and supporting doctors while strengthening the leadership role of doctors in caring for patients. Our vision is to be the trusted voice in transforming Ontario’s health-care system.