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Waterloo Region will be the only area not moving to Step 2 Wednesday

The Porcupine Health Unit confirmed Monday it will be moving to Step 2
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The Porcupine Health Unit region is moving to Step 2 of the provincial reopening this week.

Most of the region entered Step One on Friday, June 25, two weeks behind the rest of the province. The exception is Moosonee, where enhanced restrictions are still in place.

Medical officer of health Dr. Lianne Catton confirmed this afternoon that Timmins and area will be in Step 2 on Wednesday, June 30. Enhanced restrictions will remain for Moosonee.

She said the positive trends of declining case rates, declining outbreaks (there are none active), and declining hospitalizations have continued in the region.

It means Waterloo Region will be the only area of the province not moving to Step 2 on Wednesday.

Waterloo Region's medical officer of health defended the decision of Friday, saying it's strategic and one the province supports.

"Giving us a couple of weeks for the vaccines to work can allow us to reopen and stay open. We do not want to take a step back at this point." Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang said.

Dr. Wang said delaying Step 2 for approximately a couple of weeks while we continue to accelerate first and second doses will allow us to further protect our community, and will help us keep moving forward. 

As of Monday afternoon, over 76 per cent of those 18 and over in Waterloo Region have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Over 30 per cent of adults have been fully vaccinated.

- With files from Maija Hoggett - TimminsToday and KitchenerToday staff

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