Given the rapidly evolving information about the COVID-19 Omicron variant, we are writing to you again today with a further update.
Omicron has become the dominant variant of COVID-19 in Ontario and case counts are expected to double about every two to three days. This variant is highly transmissible and rising case counts are anticipated and inevitable.
However, there remain critical steps that we must take to help slow the spread of this new variant, to ensure that our health care system is protected for those who need it most. Currently, our hospitalization and ICU rates in Ontario are steady – and we must work collectively to keep it that way.
Please play your part and:
- Get your vaccine booster dose as soon as you can. The province recently accelerated eligibility to any adult over 18 years old. Booster doses can substantially increase protection and reduce severe illness.
- Adhere to public health measures. This includes, but is not limited to, wearing a well-fitted mask, maintaining physical distancing, limiting your social interactions and the size of your gatherings, and washing your hands frequently. In our courthouses and other workplaces it means diligently continuing to follow the overlapping suite of measures that we have in place for your protection.
- Access Rapid Antigen Testing where available. Ontario is launching holiday pop-up testing in nearly 150 locations across the province. Supplies are limited, so check on availability in your area as soon as possible.
- Stay home if you are sick. Omicron spreads easily and quickly. If you are exhibiting any signs of illness, do not attend the workplace and limit your interactions with others wherever possible.
- This is a fluid situation and new information continues to emerge every day. The MAG Recovery Secretariat commits to providing critical updates as quickly as possible, however we also encourage you stay in tune with the local public health guidance in your area and to monitor the Ontario Newsroom for provincial news updates.