10 August 2020 – Windsor-Essex to join Phase 3 reopening plan

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Health, Local Government, Private Sector and Businesses
Intervention Categories: Planning and strategy; Listening to scientists or health/other experts
Level of Jurisdiction: Ontario
Lead People/Agency: Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; CMOH Dr. David Williams, Local MOH of Windsor-Essex Region, Dr. Wajid Ahmed

Overview: The region of Windsor-Essex will join the rest of the province by entering Stage 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan, as of Wednesday, August 12, 2020. This decision is based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) and local medical officer of health for the region. The remainder of the province’s 33 public health regions entered Stage 3 based on key public health indicators in the regions on July 17, 24, and 31, 2020.
Full details here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/57940/windsor-essex-to-join-the-rest-of-province-in-stage-3

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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: Sub-national, local and provincial medical officers of health and public health experts
Evidence/Justification: The decision for the Windsor-Essex region to enter Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan was made based on the advice of the CMOH and with consultation with the local medical officer of health. This decision was made based on positive local trends in multiple key public health indicators, including proven lower transmission of COVID-19 in the region, ongoing hospital capacity, public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, and significant increases in testing. As the situation evolves, local and provincial public health experts and the CMOH will monitor and advise when to loosen or tighten public health restrictions.