The full interview with bonus material:
There was a major shift in how Ontario responded to the pandemic over the past week. The Omicron variant is a game-changer. The speed at which it spreads – technically known as transmissibility, has left the health care system in tatters.
In this interview, MPP David Piccini explains the government’s response and why he thinks it is effective. He will discuss significant changes to the way policy-makers, public health officials, and scientists are tracking the virus and its spread. And, he will address the impact of the recent changes on schools, kids, parents, and teachers.
Then, you will hear from Dr. Natalie Bocking, Chief Medical Officer for the health unit. She will give another perspective on these changes, especially when it comes to tracking the spread of the virus locally. She will clarify and expand on what Piccini said. She will take a deeper look at the numbers and what we should be watching as we go forward.
On the date of publication, there is a seven-day average of more than 13,000/day average in Ontario. There are 2,594 hospitalizations and 385 people in ICUs across the province. In the past 14 days, 16 people were admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 and five cases in the ICU in Northumberland.
Originally aired: Jan. 7, 2022