Ontario officials are treating coronavirus disease in 2019, and the Government recommends that masks be installed in all rooms.
“We are well aware that 2019 coronavirus disease has entered the sixth wave,” Dr. Kieran Moore, chief medical officer of the Ontario Ministry of health, told reporters in the first cvid-19 update on Monday.
Moore said that the trend is driven by Ba. It may last until mid May or the end of the year.
Moore said Ontario would not reintroduce masks indoors at present, but he said that if there were new concerns, if the medical system was threatened by an increase in cases, or possibly in winter months, Ontario people should be ready to reintroduce these measures.
At the same time, he said it was important for people to self screen, test for symptoms and get vaccinated.
“We have tools to ease [the waves],” Moore said.
Antiviral drug qualification expansion
Pxxlvid is an antiviral drug developed by Pfizer to treat covid-19. It was approved in Canada on January 17.
Paxlovi 2019 coronavirus disease has mild to moderate symptoms of covid-19 in the early stage of infection, and is at risk of serious deterioration, requiring hospitalization. The drug is in pill form and is taken twice a day for five days.
Positive results from PCR or rapid testing require antiviral treatment evaluation and must begin within five days of the onset of symptoms.
Since January, this treatment and PCR testing has been limited to immunocompromised adults, unvaccinated people aged 60 and over, and unvaccinated people aged 50 and over (if they are first nations, Inuit or Metis or have other risk factors).
The province indicated that the following groups are eligible for antiviral drug testing and evaluation with immediate effect:
People aged 18 and over with low immune function.
People aged 70 and over.
People aged 60 and over receive less than three doses of vaccine.
People aged 18 and over receive less than three doses of vaccine, and at least one situation is considered risky.
Paxlovid’s use is mainly limited to clinical evaluation centers and primary care providers, but the province said participating pharmacies will start dispensing this week.
It is reported that the mask mission will be brought back to the United States
The expanded eligibility comes from the 2019 coronavirus disease report, which shows the cvid-19 cases in Ontario since March 21. The test positive rate and hospitalization rate have increased. In most indoor spaces, the province has terminated mandatory masking.
“Given the limited pass rate of PCR and the lag of hospitalization data, the overall impact of masking and other measures may not be obvious,” the report said.
It recommends restoring indoor masking and extending masking requirements in high-risk environments as possible elements of a “tiered” strategy to mitigate the surge in cases.
The province has set April 27 as the date for the planned lifting of all remaining cvid-19 restrictions, including shelter in long-term care homes, nursing homes, medical institutions, prisons, shelters, gathering living environments and public transport.
However, Moore said on Monday that the date could be postponed, adding that his team was drafting an extension proposal for consideration by the province.
Ontario will listen to top doctors’ advice on masks
Meanwhile, Health Minister Christine Elliott said Monday that officials would follow the instructions of the province’s top doctors to decide whether to reintroduce masks.
“Many people choose to continue wearing masks, which is their own preference,” Elliott said.
“This is what we will wait for [top doctors] to guide us. If they ask us to wear masks again, we will.”
The report also warns that the number of Ontario children with coronavirus disease may increase in 2019 because of the increased transmission rate of Ba. 2 virus subtype, cancel public health measures, and limit the vaccination qualification and two dose vaccine coverage of children under the age of 12.
Asked on Monday to reintroduce masks in schools based on the data outlined in the report, Moore said, “we don’t see any major threat to children’s health.”
But it is not just the risk of serious illness that is causing concern.
In a statement released on Monday, the Ontario Liberal Party cited data from the Ministry of health on Friday that showed that one in seven children and teachers in the province were absent from school last week.
John Fraser, leader of the liberal house of Representatives, said that was why the province should immediately require the use of masks in schools and other indoor public places.
“We know these are not perfect, but they are a protective layer that will help us,” he said.
“We can’t wait two or three weeks.”
NDP health critic France g é Linas agreed. She said she had received letters from many public health units and hoped to see them reintroduced.
“Moore has the right to implement it as a directive across the province,” she said after Moore’s announcement on Monday.
“I hope he can go further.”
Daily cases hovering around 100,000 to 120,000
British Airways. According to the document, subtype 2 is now the main strain of the latest pandemic. The proportion of samples determined as ba. The report said the unemployment rate rose from 12.3% in the week of February 13 to 54% in the week of March 13.
At the same time, wastewater monitoring shows that the number of cases has been rising since mid and late March.
The director of covid2019 coronavirus disease expert science department in Ontario said that the latest wastewater data showed that the daily virus count hovered between 100000 and 120000.
Last week, the fourth dose of 2019 coronavirus disease vaccinators in the province was extended to people aged 60 and over, as well as indigenous people and their family members.
Long term care and nursing home residents and immunocompromised people in Ontario have access to a fourth dose.
The number of hospitalizations for coronavirus disease in Ontario in 2019 was 1090, up from 977 the previous day and 857 last week.
Of this number, 184 patients are in intensive care, up from 173 a day ago and 168 a week ago. Due to the virus, 82 patients are using respirators.
The province reported 2401 cases through PCR detection of coronavirus diseases, which was completed 12149 days ago.
The positive rate was 17.6%.
Three other virus related deaths were reported, bringing the total death toll in the province to 12566.