- Ontario will extend its remaining mask mandate in high-risk scenarios until June 11 as the province deals with the sixth wave of COVID-19 illnesses.
- Ontario said on Friday that it would begin offering an antibody treatment that protects immunocompromised people from COVID-19.
As the province faces the sixth wave of COVID-19 infections, Ontario will extend its remaining mask mandate in high-risk situations until June 11.
The law requiring masks in healthcare facilities, long-term care homes, and public transportation was slated to expire on April 27 but was extended by the government on Friday.
“To protect our advances in managing this latest wave,” Dr. Kieran Moore, the province’s top doctor, said in a statement, “I am maintaining masking necessities in specific public settings in which individuals who are, or might well be, at increased risk of severe results, are in close contact for extended periods.”
“The greatest ways we can prevent transmission and safeguard our friends, families, and communities is to follow the masking rules and keep current with vaccines,” Moore added.
In the province, most additional pandemic precautions, such as masks in most public places, proof-of-vaccination restrictions, and crowd capacity limits, have ended.
Retirement homes, shelters, and other congregate care settings will be compelled to wear masks until June 11.
Other orders from the chief medical officer regarding mask requirements for healthcare personnel and paramedics, as well as long-term care measures, were set to expire on April 27 but will now be extended until June 11, according to the province.
According to the province, the health ministry will then “guide personal protective equipment guidelines for infection prevention and control in health care settings,” according to the province.
On Friday, Ontario announced that it would begin offering an antibody treatment for immunocompromised persons that protects them from COVID-19. Evusheld, a two-shot medication for organ and stem cell transplant recipients, some cancer patients receiving treatment, and CAR-T therapy recipients, will be accessible in the coming weeks, according to the province.
On Friday, Ontario reported 1,591 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, down from 1,626 the day before, and 214 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, compared to 207 patients in ICU on Thursday.
Source: CTV news
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