Apr 24, 2022

By Steve Kee

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Ontario’s decision to extend its remaining mask mandate in high-risk settings like hospitals, long-term care homes, shelters and public transit until at least June 11 has been met met with mixed reactions.

Andrew Williams, president and CEO of Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, says his organization “fully” supports the move.

He says the organization decided to continue its mask mandate at the four hospitals it oversees “indefinitely” and that the government’s extension “really helped our messaging.”

Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, says her association was calling for the province’s mask mandate to be kept in all indoor settings to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases.

But with mask mandates already lifted in most indoor spaces like schools and retail stores, she says she would at least like to see mask requirements kept indefinitely in high-risk settings until public health indicators like COVID-19 hospitalizations “significantly” improve.

Today, Ontario reported six new COVID-19 deaths, as the number of patients in ICU due to the virus held steady from 24 hours earlier.

There are 4,098 new cases reported Sunday.

Hospitalizations dropped 322 to 1, 362.

There are 212 people in intensive care due to COVID-19, unchanged from Saturday.


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