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“These are the experts, we are not the experts,” said Ford.
“But for parents who are nervous – I understand. I’m nervous as Prime Minister I’m going to lose sleep throughout September to make sure these kids are safe.
“But we have some of the toughest rules in the whole country,” Ford said, citing cohort sizes, mask-wearing expectations and hiring new employees.
He also reminded parents who have the option of keeping their children at home to learn from a distance.
Ontario reported 91 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the second day in a row that new infections have numbered less than 100.
Monday saw 88 new cases across the province, while more than 42,000 COVID-19 tests have been processed in the past two days.
According to the province, Ottawa reported only one new case of COVID-19 on Tuesday. It was the only health unit region in eastern Ontario to report any new cases.
Ottawa Public Health reported on Tuesday that 12 COVID-19 patients were in hospital, including two in intensive care. No new deaths or outbreaks of the virus in local institutions were recorded on the last day.
Across Ontario, four new deaths were also reported and 78 patients were hospitalized, including 28 in intensive care and 15 on ventilators.
Meanwhile, the province announced that Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2 of Ontario’s economic reopening framework for the time being, noting that “outbreaks, particularly in the agriculture and agrifood, pose unique challenges ”.