Ontario’s high well being official says all folks over the age of 70 needs to be self-isolating throughout pandemic

Chris Fox, CP24.com

Revealed Monday, March 30, 2020 1:03PM EDT

Final Up to date Monday, March 30, 2020 1:04PM EDT

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Well being is now recommending that every one folks over the age of 70 self-isolate given the elevated danger of “extreme outcomes” ought to they contract COVID-19.

Dr. David Williams made the brand new advice in a press release that was launched on Monday morning, as the province confirmed a record 351 new cases of the virus.

There are actually 1,706 confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 in Ontario, together with 23 deaths.

“Given the larger danger of extreme outcomes to Ontarians who’re aged, I’m additionally strongly recommending that people over 70 years of age self-isolate,” Williams wrote. “This implies solely leaving house or seeing different folks for important causes. The place potential, it is best to search providers over the cellphone or web or ask for assist from buddies, household or neighbours with important errands.”

In latest weeks governments have taken more and more drastic actions to restrict the variety of alternatives for folks to return into shut contact with one other throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Ontario, the provincial authorities has prohibited all organized public gatherings of greater than 5 folks with few exceptions. It has additionally ordered the closure of all non-essential companies.

Williams, nevertheless, mentioned in his assertion that “we should do extra.”

He mentioned that Ontarians have a accountability to “keep house aside from important causes” and will even restrict the variety of important journeys, akin to grocery buying, to “the fullest extent potential.”

“Everybody has a task to play in decreasing the chance of spreading COVID-19 – there is no such thing as a choice for anybody to choose out,” he mentioned. “The lives of many Ontarians, particularly our group’s most weak residents, is in your arms and can rely in your actions over the approaching days and weeks.”

To this point, folks over the age of 65 characterize about 20.1 per cent of all confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 within the province.