Health official need more time before rendering a verdict on holdout regions waiting to enter stage 3 of COVID recovery

More info should be expected Wednesday

Word was expected on Monday on whether or not the last three regions still in stage 2 could enter the final step of COVID recovery, but Ontario’s premier says that word will have to wait.

Premier Doug Ford indicated during his daily COVID-19 media briefing that a more thorough examination of local caseload numbers has to take place before the province will allow Toronto, Peel Region, and Windsor-Essex into stage 3.

“Health officials have asked for a little more time to analyze the numbers, and as I’ve always said, we can’t rush this,” said Premier Ford. “We will only move forward based on the best medical advice from the Chief Medical Officer, our command table, and our local public health units.”

Ford added there should be more information provided on the three holdout regions on Wednesday of next week.

On Friday, Windsor-Essex alone reported 57 cases of COVID-19 were added to its caseload, while Toronto added 31 and Peel Region saw 18 new cases.