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SWOX Is In Orange Tier: COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Keep the Province Safe and Open


11/3/2020 2:30:20 PM

The Township of South-West Oxford continues to encourage our residents to visit Southwestern Public Health for continual up-to-date reliable information regarding COVID-19 matters.

To read the PDF version on Ontario's COVID-19 response framework visit this link.

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, the Ontario government has developed theKeeping Ontario Safe and Open FrameworkIt ensures that public health measures are targeted, incremental and responsive to help limit the spread of COVID-19, while keeping schools and businesses open, maintaining health system capacity and protecting vulnerable people, including those in long-term care.

Details were provided today (November 3, 2020) by Premier Doug Ford; Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board; and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

“It’s clear COVID-19 will be with us for a while, which is why we are putting in place a framework that will protect the health and safety of individuals and families, while avoiding broader closures across the province,” said Premier Ford. “This framework, developed in consultation with our health experts, will serve as an early warning system allowing us to scale up and scale back public health restrictions on a regional or community basis in response to surges and waves of COVID-19. By introducing public health measures sooner, we can keep this deadly virus at bay, bend the curve and reclaim a little more of our normal lives.”

The framework takes a gradual approach that includes introducing preventative measures earlier to help avoid broader closures and allow for additional public health and workplace safety measures to be introduced or removed incrementally. It categorizes public health unit regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort. Each level outlines the types of public health and workplace safety measures for businesses and organizations. These include targeted measures for specific sectors, institutions and other settings.

“This framework is critical to ensuring that public health measures are able to help slow the spread of the virus, while also supporting mental health and other social determinants of health,” said Dr. Williams. “The framework operates like a dimmer switch, enabling measures and restrictions to be increased and give individuals and families the information they need to adjust their activities and interactions based on local epidemiological data.”

As the province continues to expand access to real-time data, enhancements are also being made to Ontario.ca/coronavirus Ontario’s one-stop shop for information on COVID-19. Information about the spread of the virus, and public health and health system capacity will now be available on the website. This includes local cases by public health unit regions, the total number of cases, resolved cases, deaths, and tests completed and how many are positive. The province will continue to add data sets as they become available, such as sources of outbreaks as a subset of overall cases. This information will better help businesses, organizations and local communities access key information to prepare in advance for any changes in their region.

To provide the utmost transparency, each public health unit will be classified according to current framework indicators. Proposed classifications based on data for the week of October 26, 2020 can be found below. These will be confirmed by the province on Friday, November 6, 2020 and become effective on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Final decisions on moving public health unit regions into the framework will be made by the government based on updated data and in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health and other health experts, and will be reviewed weekly.

Going forward, the government will continually assess the impact of public health measures applied to public health unit regions for 28 days, or two COVID-19 incubation periods.

Public Health Unit Region Classifications

As of November 7, 2020, the province will transition public health unit regions to the new framework. The following proposed classifications for public health unit regions are based on data for the week of October 26, 2020. Updated data will be used for final review by the Chief Medical Officer of Health and approval by Cabinet on Friday, November 6, 2020.

Lockdown:
  • Toronto Public Health 
  • Peel Public Health;
Red-Control:
  • City of Hamilton Public Health Services;
  • Halton Region Public Health;
  • York Region Public Health;
  • Durham Region Health Department;
  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services;
Orange-Restrict:
  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit;
  • Brant County Health Unit;
  • Niagara Region Public Health;
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health;
  • Southwestern Public Health;
  • Huron-Perth Public Health
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit;
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit;
  • Ottawa Public Health
Yellow - Protect:
  • London Middlesex Public Health;
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit;
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit;
  • Public Health Sudbury & Districts;
  • Chatham-Kent Public Health;
  • Grey Bruce Health Unit;
  • Peterborough Public Health;
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit;
Green-Prevent:
  • Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington Public Health;
  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit;
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health;
  • Lambton Public Health;
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit;
  • North Bay Parry Sound District;
  • Northwestern Health Unit;
  • Porcupine Health Unit;
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit;
  • Timiskaming Health Unit;

The Township of South-West Oxford continues to encourage our residents to visit Southwestern Public Health for continual up-to-date reliable information regarding COVID-19 matters.

To read the PDF version on Ontario's COVID-19 response framework visit this link.

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