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Ford government keeping 'close eye' on York Region as COVID-19 cases mount

Last Updated Oct 15, 2020 at 5:35 pm EDT

An elderly man walks on the sidewalk on the border between Markham, Ont. and Toronto, Ont., on June 21, 2020, as Markham enters Stage 2 and Toronto remains in Stage 1 of Ontario’s COVID-19 pandemic reopening plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Rachel Verbin THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Rachel Verbin

Ontario’s Premier says York Region is “teetering” after the district continues to report an increase in daily, COVID-19 cases.

On Thursday, Doug Ford said he and his officials were going to meet to discuss whether or not the current health data points to a necessary move to Stage 2.

“York is teetering right now and they have been teetering for a little while,” Ford said.

“We just have to be careful. We’re keeping a very close eye on York right now, it’s concerning.”



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As the province reported another day above 700 COVID-19 cases, it was York Region that saw one of the most noticeable increases, going from 79 to 127 new infections; more than what Ottawa, a hotspot region, confirmed on Thursday.

Ontario’s Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, has served notice.

“I would say that we are concerned particularly about York and Halton given the numbers we’re seeing,” she said.

“We’re working very hard to bring forward recommendations to government as soon as possible for a decision regarding those areas.”

Ford and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, also touched on a disturbing trend of people leaving the three hotspot regions to workout at gyms in other jurisdictions.

“We do recognize when you make a movement with one particular area, such as we did with Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa moving them into modified Stage 2, that there may be people that will move from their areas to other lower risk areas and that could cause community transmission there, as well,” Elliott said. 

“We’re watching every part of the province on a daily basis to understand how many new cases are arising in each particular area. We’ll take action if we need to but as the Premier indicated, please stay in your region,” she added.

Elliott said what they want is to bend the curve and that people travelling outside of their area will only add to the problem.

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