Ontario Moves Public Health Units Into COVID-19 Response Framework

Published on November 06, 2020

November 6, 2020

New approach introduces preventative measures earlier to limit transmission of COVID-19 and avoid broader closures

TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health, and other health experts, the province intends to move Ontario's public health unit regions to the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. The framework categorizes public health regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort.

"The framework lays out a proactive and graduated response to be applied based on the local situation in each region," said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. "By working with the medical officers of health and local authorities on the realities and situations of COVID-19, we want to continue to help protect people's health and wellbeing. We are adapting the public health measures to be as targeted and efficient as possible to stop the spread of the virus, while managing any outbreaks as quickly as possible."

At the request of the local medical officer of health, and with the support of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Toronto Public Health would remain in a modified Stage 2 until November 14, 2020.

As of Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., public health unit regions would be moved to the following levels:

Lockdown:

  • No public health unit regions.

Red-Control:

  • Peel Regional Health Unit.

Orange-Restrict:

  • Ottawa Public Health; and
  • York Region Public Health.

Yellow-Protect:

  • Brant County Health Unit;
  • City of Hamilton Public Health Services;
  • Durham Region Health Department;
  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit;
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit;
  • Halton Region Public Health;
  • Niagara Region Public Health;
  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services;
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit; and
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

Green-Prevent:

  • Algoma Public Health;
  • Chatham-Kent Public Health;
  • Grey Bruce Health Unit;
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health;
  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit;
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health;
  • Huron Perth Public Health;
  • Lambton Public Health;
  • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit;
  • Middlesex-London Health Unit;
  • North Bay Parry Sound District;
  • Northwestern Health Unit;
  • Peterborough Public Health;
  • Porcupine Health Unit;
  • Public Health Sudbury & Districts;
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit;
  • Southwestern Public Health;
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit;
  • Timiskaming Health Unit; and
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Public health measures required for each level can be found in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.