Windsor Regional Hospital says it has terminated 57 staff members who refused to comply with its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. The hospital says about 98.5 per cent of its 4,155 employees and professional staff had complied with an order to get at least one dose of vaccine by yesterday’s deadline, unless they had a medical exemption. It says 32 of those who refused to get vaccinated were clinical staff, while 25 were non-clinical. The hospital says it has also suspended six professional staff who had privileges to practice at the facility on what it describes as a mid-term basis.
— Windsor Regional Hospital (@WRHospital) October 7, 2021
Quebec Offering Big Money for Nurses:
Quebec’s health system has welcomed more than a thousand full-time nurses since the province offered one-time bonuses of up to 18,000 dollars to help fill critical labour shortages in the network during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 700 part-time nurses have switched to full-time work, 56 nurses have come out of retirement, and 231 new people have been hired from the private sector. Says Health Minister Christian Dube — ”Reinforcements are on the way.”
Thanksgiving and Halloween Guidance From the Province:
Ontarians will be able to enjoy a more normal Thanksgiving this weekend — and an actual Halloween. Ontario’s top public health official says smaller gatherings are always safer, and it’s important to follow public health rules. That means indoor gatherings should be capped at 25, and those outdoors can’t exceed 100. Dr. Kieran Moore says it’s OK for a group of fully vaccinated people gathering together to take off their masks, if everyone is comfortable with that. He also says it’s also OK to trick-or-treat door-to-door for Halloween, but medical face masks should still be worn with costumes.
Some Pandemic Measures Are Being Made Permanent:
The provincial government has introduced legislation that would permanently allow private cannabis retailers to offer delivery and curbside pickup. They were given temporary permission during the pandemic. The proposal is one of several temporary pandemic measures that the province is looking to make permanent as part of a wide-ranging bill aimed at reducing red tape. The others include fast-tracking of applications for licensed patio spaces and improving access to virtual government and other services.
Go Transit Will Not Require Proof of Vaccination:
The operator of GO Transit service in southern Ontario says it will not require passengers to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Metrolinx says the system would be difficult to implement because customers board GO trains and buses through hundreds of doors on its network. A spokesman says the GO system is also connected to 14 different transit systems. They said the company was concerned some customers might think a federal vaccine mandate for travel on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains would apply to its customers.
Ontario logged 587 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, as well as six new deaths. Those include 121 new school-related cases — 106 in students and 15 in staff. The province said 423 of the new cases reported were in people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination. It said close to 82 per cent of eligible Ontarians are fully vaccinated and 86.7 per cent have received at least one dose.
In Ontario, 21,974,193 vaccine doses have been administered. 86.7% of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and 81.8% have two doses.
279 people are hospitalized with #COVID19. 229 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 50 are fully vaccinated.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) October 7, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
Waterloo Region Public Health reported another 23 new cases yesterday and no new deaths. Active cases has dropped to 135. There are 5 people hospitalized.
Public Health of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph confirmed just 7 new cases yesterday and 1 new death. Active cases is down to just 46. That is a decrease of 9. There are 4 people hospitalized.
Tune in to tomorrow's Community Update with @kwo_pres from @KW_Oktoberfest who talks about how to enjoy the Bavarian Festival safely this year. Join us at 11 a.m.: https://t.co/Bh1vDwCRZW pic.twitter.com/cDt4c4Yo4Y
— Region of Waterloo (@RegionWaterloo) October 7, 2021
Contains files from The Canadian Press
Photo Credit: Windsor Regional Hospital via Twitter