This is what Toronto needs to do to get to Stage 2 of reopening
So as you probably know, most of Ontario has moved into Stage 2 of the reopening process. Their restaurants and bars have been reopened, folks are getting hair cuts, and it’s just all-around more fun. But sadly, Toronto just hasn’t made the cut yet. Along with Peel and Windsor-Essex, our city is one of the only few still stuck in Stage 1. So what can we do to change that? We’re here to break it down.
So the biggest thing that health experts are looking at is the number of new cases in the region. And although Toronto has had declining numbers for a little while, this city is still churning out more new cases than most other cities in the province. However, the number has been going down, as well as the number for hospitalizations, so we’re moving in the right direction. All in all, the city is hoping to have 14 days straight of declining case numbers before reopening.
See that above model? It shows that new cases and hospitalizations are both in the green zone. That’s where we need to get everything for stage 2 to come our way.
Another thing that experts are looking at is laboratory tests. As of right now, only 24% of results are getting to Toronto Public Health within 24 hours. And the goal would be for it to be 60% of results. With quicker lab turnaround time, Toronto can keep a close eye on the new cases and respond quickly if there’s another spike.
So there ya have it. Although Toronto is moving in the right direction for Stage 2 reopening, we’re not sure if we’re quite there yet. But there’s set to be another announcement about all of this on Monday, so make sure you’re keeping an eye out for that. And in the meantime, we’ll be crossing our fingers that Toronto can pull through. Stay healthy, folks!