Health Experts Say the COVID-19 Outbreak Has Likely Peaked in Ontario

News Release

April 20, 2020

Modelling shows physical distancing still needed to prevent further spread

TORONTO — The Ontario government today released updated COVID-19 modelling, which shows that the enhanced public health measures, including staying home and physically distancing from each other, are working to contain the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. However, the Chief Medical Officer of Health says emergency measures must remain in place to continue reducing the number of cases and deaths.

“The modelling clearly demonstrates that we are making progress in our fight against this deadly virus. That’s due to the actions of all Ontarians, those who are staying home and practising physical distancing, and to the heroic efforts of our frontline health care workers,” said Premier Doug Ford. “But COVID-19 continues to be a clear and present danger, especially to our seniors and most vulnerable citizens. That is why we must continue to follow the advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health and stay the course in order to keep people safe and healthy.”

Key highlights from the modelling update include:

  • The wave of new community spread cases of COVID-19 in Ontario appears to have peaked.
  • Outbreaks in long-term care and congregate settings continue to be a major concern. Concerted actions are underway to protect vulnerable people in these settings.
  • Ontario is now trending toward a best case scenario rather than a worst case scenario and has significantly improved its standing as compared to March modelling.
  • The province has avoided a significant surge in cases. Total cumulative cases are forecast to be substantially lower than worst case or even moderate case scenarios projected by previous models.
  • While several hundred new cases are identified daily in Ontario, hospitals across the province have not been overwhelmed by the COVID-19 outbreak as a result of capacity planning and the public health measures currently in place. The rate of growth day-over-day is declining.
  • To further reduce the number of cases and deaths, it remains critical that Ontarians continue to adhere to public health measures, including staying home and practicing physical distancing if they must go out for essential reasons only.

“The information released today shows early but unmistakable signs that our efforts are working,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “These numbers are not an accident. They are the re sult of months of planning and collective action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. However, in order for these projections to become reality, each of us must continue to stay home as much possible and practise physical distancing.”

To enhance protections for residents and staff in long-term care homes, last week Ontario launched the COVID-19 Action Plan: Long-Term Care Homes. This action plan will ensure the implementation of critical new measures to prevent further outbreaks and deaths from COVID-19 in long-term care homes. These measures include enhancing and expanding testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic contacts of confirmed cases; providing public health and infection control expertise; and redeploying staff from hospitals and home and community care to support the long-term care home workforce.

“The new province-wide modelling data are encouraging, but we know that long-term care homes and other congregate settings will track on a different path,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “We will continue to take aggressive action to support our most vulnerable residents and their caregivers.”


  • All Ontarians need to stay home unless absolutely necessary for essential trips, such as accessing health care services, groceries, picking up prescriptions or supporting vulnerable community members with meeting essential needs. If you must leave your home, go alone and stay at least two metres apart from others.
  • Ontario has made improvements to its COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool by expanding its symptom list, addressing the most high risk individuals, and making it more accessible and responsive.
  • Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to COVID-19 and protect your health: wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer; sneeze and cough into your sleeve; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; avoid contact with people who are sick; stay home if you are sick.


Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 96th birthday in milestone jubilee year.

On behalf of Council and residents and business owners in the Village of Westport, Ontario, Canada, we wish Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II a sincere happy 96th Birthday. The Queen is an inspiration to us in Canada and throughout the Commonwealth.

This year also marks her 70th year on the throne. We look forward to the Platinum celebrations planned throughout the year.

God Save the Queen.


A colleague of mine, Mayor Aina DeViet, Municipality of Middlesex Centre. sent along the following message and invitation.

“I want to let you know about an upcoming (virtual) event and would invite you to pass this invitation along to rural women in “your geography” who may be interested in attending.  Whether they are already entrepreneurs, want to start something, or sit on your Councils and want to learn more, I encourage you to reach out to rural women in your networks and attend the conversation!”

This note is an invitation to YOUR VOICE MATTERS: A Rural Canadian Women Town HallOn behalf of our panelists below, we would very much appreciate your attendance.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 27, 2022 

TIME: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.


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 My name is Shauna Rae and I’ve been interviewing rural women entrepreneurs from across Canada since the fall of last year, particularly women from minority groups, through my podcast Clearing a New Path™ . I’ve also been connecting with rural women entrepreneurs through my weekly newsletter.(You can sign up for the newsletter here.)

We’re coming together to talk about authentic issues facing rural women entrepreneurs and we’re hoping you’ll want to attend.

I know you have women entrepreneurs in your own community and holding this space, collectively, as rural and remote Canadian women, is powerful. 

The goal is to unite as allies and to ACT, as one.

I’ve enlisted a graphic facilitator to visually capture the issues discussed.

As my company’s (Radar Media) commitment to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report, this event will also be an opportunity to fundraise for Kastoslote Elijah, an Indigenous teen who is deaf from Oneida Nation of the Thames. She won a scholarship to a university in Hawaii for art and Indigenous languages.

Won’t you join us? REGISTER HERE


Shauna Rae

Public Washrooms are open

The washrooms at the Tourist Information Centre (Spring St) are now open daily from 08:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.

The washrooms at Lockwood Park have been relocated to the arena and will be open daily from 08:00 to 06:00 p.m. The washrooms previously located near the baseball diamond have been closed due to renovations to the water treatment plant.

Please call Town Hall at 613-273-2191 if you have any questions.

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