Endemic Phase Begins as COVID-19 Pandemic Comes to an End in Provinc

On April 1, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli stated that Ontario’s long-term care homes underwent changes to their COVID-19 restrictions.

These changes were approved by the province’s chief medical officer of health and long-term care association. Fedeli explained that the province has moved from a pandemic phase to an endemic phase, meaning that the virus is still present but no longer a significant threat to public health.

Consequently, restrictions are easing up. As of April 1, asymptomatic testing is no longer mandatory for long-term care home staff, caregivers, and visitors. The virus is contained and not spreading out of control, making it more manageable and treatable.

Residents, caregivers, and visitors in Ontario are no longer required to wear masks outdoors, and daily temperature checks or screening for returning residents are no longer mandatory.

Additionally, the province has eliminated the restriction of one caregiver per resident during a COVID-19 outbreak or when a resident is symptomatic or isolating. Social and physical activities can now take place without physical distancing requirements. Furthermore, Ontario has discontinued the three sick days that workers could previously access for isolating, recovering, or getting vaccinated.

The North Bay Regional Health Centre is also expected to undergo changes to its COVID-19 restrictions, though an exact date has not been announced yet.

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