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Ontario’s stay-at-home order will be in effect until at least June 2.

The provincial government made the decision Thursday, opting to keep Ontario residents in lockdown through the Victoria Day weekend and into early June.

Government officials said the new, more contagious variants continue to pose significant risks.

All public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will also remain in effect.

As well, beginning May 31, the government will prepare to administer the Pfizer vaccine to youth between the ages of 12 and 17.

“While we are seeing positive trends as a result of the public health measures put in place, we cannot afford to let up yet,” Premier Doug Ford said in a media release. “We must stay vigilant to ensure our ICU numbers stay down and our hospital capacity is protected. If we stay the course for the next two weeks, and continue vaccinating record number of Ontarians every day, we can begin looking forward to July and August and having the summer that everyone deserves.”

Today in Chatham-Kent, we saw three new cases of COVID-19 against two resolved, shifting out active caseload up to 36. Nine people remain in hospital with COVID-19.

Provincially, there were 2,759 new cases reported over the past 24 hours, the fourth straight day below 3,000 new cases and seventh in the past 10.

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