By MPP Toby Barrett
To The Haldimand Press
As we come out of the first few weeks of 2022, we enter a New Year that will be dominated by the need to adjust to new realities… one being the alarming increase in hospitalizations attributed to the highly contagious Omicron variant.
Unlike other variants throughout the pandemic, evolving data from Public Health Ontario is showing that while the Omicron variant is less severe, its high transmissibility has resulted in a larger number of hospital admissions relative to ICU admissions. Staff absenteeism is rising and affecting workplaces across Ontario due to Omicron infection and exposure, including in hospitals and schools.