Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he's open to looking at further steps to reopen the economy, if the situation improves over the next month.

"A lot of things can happen in the next four years, especially if the numbers start to come down," he said, with reference to the number of new COVID-19 cases being announced daily in the province.

Ontario's public health officials revealed an additional 404 cases Monday, as well as 10 deaths. This marks the first time in a week where the number of daily reported COVID-19 cases was over 400.

The premier was joined by Health Minister Christine Elliott, as well as Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford for yesterday's daily briefing.

In her comments, Elliott noted four key factors, when considering going to Stage 2 of the reopening, or even a regional approach:

  • the number of new cases needs to be going down
  • sufficient capacity in our hospitals for a surge in new admissions
  • adequate testing
  • contact tracing

From his perspective, Rickford noted health care resources in northern Ontario, including First Nation communities, don't have the same capacity as their counterparts in southern Ontario, so he wanted to find a careful balance.

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