Ontario’s top doc hopes to see case count below 600 before COVID restrictions start to ease

Also hopes students can return to in-class learning before the end of the school year

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has zeroed in further on the daily case numbers he’d like to see before Ontario enters the first stage of its reopening plan.

Dr. David Williams, who had previously said he’d like to see the daily case count dip well below 1000 a day, says he hopes to see a case count of fewer than 600 a say.

The province has set a target date of June 14 to begin a gradual lifting of COVID-related restrictions. The last time the count was close to 600 was last October

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Williams is also hoping some Ontario kids will be able to get back to in-class learning before the end of the school year. He says a regional approach might be the answer – allowing a return to class in regions where case counts have been in a steady decline.

Most public health units have indicated support for reopening schools soon.