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Ontario Returning 27 Public Health Regions to Strengthened COVID-19 Framework



In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is transitioning twenty-seven public health regions out of the shutdown?and into a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (the "Framework"). The four remaining public health regions, Toronto Public Health, Peel Public Health, York Region Public Health and North Bay Parry Sound District, will remain in the shutdown, and the?Stay-at-Home order?and all existing public health and workplace safety measures will continue to apply to these four public health regions.

Based on a general improvement in trends of key indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, improving hospital capacity, and available public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, the following public health regions will be moving back to the Framework on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and will no longer be subject to the?Stay-at-Home order:

Grey (Lockdown):

· Niagara Region Public Health

Red (Control):

· Chatham-Kent Public Health

· City of Hamilton Public Health Services

· Durham Region Health Department

· Halton Region Public Health

· Middlesex-London Health Unit

· Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services

· Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit

· Southwestern Public Health

· Thunder Bay District Health Unit

· Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Public Health; and

· Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Orange (Restrict):

· Brant County Health Unit

· Eastern Ontario Health Unit

· Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

· Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

· Huron Perth Public Health

· Lambton Public Health

· Ottawa Public Health

· Porcupine Health Unit and

· Public Health Sudbury and Districts


Yellow (Protect):

· Algoma Public Health

· Grey Bruce Health Unit

· Northwestern Health Unit and

· Peterborough Public Health

Green (Prevent):

· Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and

· Timiskaming Health Unit

For North Bay Parry Sound District, Peel Public Health, Toronto Public Health and York Region Public Health, it is proposed that the shutdown measures and the Stay-at-Home order will continue to apply until at least Monday, February 22, 2021. Please visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse for the full list of public health region classifications

After returning to the Framework, public health regions will stay in their level for at least two weeks at which time, the government will assess the impact of public health and workplace safety measures to determine if the region should stay where they are or be moved to a different level. Public health regions will move up through the levels, if necessary, based on the set indicators and thresholds outlined in the Framework.