Children’s Health Coalition urges Doug Ford to take ‘cautious approach’ to COVID-19 reopening – .

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Children’s Health Coalition urges Doug Ford to take ‘cautious approach’ to COVID-19 reopening – .


TORONTO – The Children’s Health Coalition (CHC) is urging Doug Ford’s government to take a “cautious approach” to reopen the province amid a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coalition, made up of a number of children’s health organizations including SickKids and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, is calling on the government to “double down” on current measures used to keep schools open and protect the health of young people.

“Children and youth must be a priority in the recovery from a pandemic – for the sake of their future and that of our province. We need to stay the course in our schools, while always looking to the future and acting quickly to prioritize the needs of children and youth, ”the CHC said in a statement on Friday.

The statement precedes an expected government announcement to lift new public health restrictions next week.

CHC stressed the importance of face-to-face learning and recognized that current public health measures to limit the spread of the virus are protecting students.

“Data from Public Health Ontario suggests that global efforts to limit the transmission of the virus, such as masking, distancing and vaccinations, have been successful with less than 0.25 percent (approximately 4,768 cases between September 5 and October 2) of Ontario’s two million students. population tested positive and an average of 2 to 3 cases per school outbreak, ”said the CHC.

The coalition also noted that among the total number of cases among children and youth between September 19 and October 2, 79.5 percent were unrelated to outbreaks in schools.

On October 15, 80 school-related COVID-19 cases were reported in Ontario’s 4,844 public schools and three schools were closed due to outbreaks.

The coalition added that protecting the well-being of people aged five to 11 who are not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine is crucial to keeping schools open.

“This means the rest of us – teachers, support staff, eligible students, parents, caregivers and the community at large need to get vaccinated and continue with known public health measures such as masking, distancing and staying home when sick, ”said the CHC.

To support long-term safety, the CHC said it supports mandatory disclosure of COVID-19 vaccination in schools for eligible children and youth.

Earlier this week, sources told CTV News Toronto that the provincial government is expected to announce its intention to exit Stage 3 of its plan to reopen next week, potentially removing capacity limits for restaurants, gyms and d ‘other parameters.

Last week, the Ford government abruptly lifted capacity limits in certain indoor and outdoor environments requiring proof of vaccination, including sports venues, theaters and concert arenas.

However, there continues to be a 50% indoor capacity limit for gyms and restaurants, leading to backlash from some of these companies who call the measures unfair.

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