Ontario is once again allowing all non-urgent and non-emergent surgeries and procedures to resume across the province, as Ontario continues to see a steady decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

As of February 11, Ontario is reporting a total of 1,829 people hospitalized with COVID-19 across the province, down 68 from yesterday. There are also 435 people in intensive care units, down 10 from yesterday’s count.

“Thanks to the sacrifices of Ontarians and unwavering efforts of our health care workers, we are now in a position to resume additional surgeries and procedures,” said Health Minister and Deputy Premier, Christine Elliott.

“We recognize the impact these measures have had on patients and together with our hospital partners we will ensure patients can continue to access the health care they need when they need it.”

Elliott says the resumption of these surgeries and procedures will follow a phased-in approach, and hospitals will be working in partnership to ensure that all regions have the capacity to resume services.

“Thanks to the efforts of Ontarians to go out to get their booster dose and to adhere to current public health and workplace safety measures, the province has seen a recent steady decline in COVID-19 related hospitalizations and ICU admissions,” said Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore.

“While the months ahead will require continued vigilance, our hard work has allowed us to gradually and cautiously lift public health measures to let children and youth in schools participate in extra-curricular activities, and public hospitals to resume non-urgent surgeries and procedures.”

Dr. Moore reinstated Directive 2 as a limited measure on January 5, pausing all non-emergent and non-urgent surgeries and procedures to protect hospital capacities. On February 1, the order was revised to allow certain activities, including diagnostic imaging, cancer screening and certain surgeries.