The Ontario government has confirmed that all COVID-19 public health measures will remain in place now that the province-wide stay-at-home order has expired. It says restrictions on social gatherings, businesses, services and activities will continue until the province enters step one of its road map to re-opening. That’s scheduled to happen on June 14th. Emergency orders that enforce the restrictions have been extended to June 16th, except for the emergency order banning residential evictions, which expires today.
Opposition Parties Are Demanding An Answer on Schools:
Opposition politicians say Premier Doug Ford has to stop leaving families in the dark about whether schools will re-open for the final month of class. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the uncertainty has dragged on for too long. Liberal house leader John Fraser says the delay in announcing a decision either suggests incompetence or is a political strategy by the government. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the government is still reviewing expert advice.
NACI Says It’s Fine to Mix AstraZeneca with Pfizer or Moderna:
The national vaccine panel says people who got a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot can switch to either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna for their second. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) says the country’s roughly two-million AstraZeneca recipients can be offered the same vaccine if they want it, or they can mix and match. The AstraZeneca vaccine is potentially linked to a rare but serious blood clotting syndrome. In Canada, 41 confirmed or suspected cases have been diagnosed and five people have died.
People Trying to Get a Second Dose:
Several vaccine clinics in Toronto are asking people to refrain from trying to get a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine before they’re eligible. Clinics say some staff have been harassed by people trying to bully their way into getting a second shot. The Humber River Hospital says its staff experienced verbal harassment and other abusive behaviour last week from people demanding second doses. A doctor helping with vaccine clinics run by the Scarborough Health Network says residents just need to wait their turn for a second dose. Only those with certain health conditions, high-risk health-care workers, Indigenous communities and those aged 80 and over are currently allowed to get a second dose.
Federal public health officials say nearly 308,000 Canadians rolled up their sleeves for a COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday. A total of over 24.1-million doses have been given so far. More than two-thirds of eligible Canadians 12 and up have received at least one dose, and 2.16-million people have been fully vaccinated. With vaccine supply abundant, provinces are starting to move more quickly to get second doses into arms weeks earlier than planned.
1/3 The long months of this pandemic have been difficult, but Canadians have worked together to get through the hardest parts, overcome the challenges of the many uncertainties we’ve faced, and stepped up to do their part at every turn. https://t.co/tDW1fmpjJH
— Dr. Theresa Tam (@CPHO_Canada) June 1, 2021
More Funding For Mental Health:
The province has announced another $31-million dollars in targeted support for mental health and addictions treatment for young people and their families. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the past year of the pandemic has been extremely challenging for children and youth, especially for those who have had to adjust to remote learning. She says the new funding will help improve access to specialized mental health services and shorten wait times. The money also includes a new virtual assessment initiative aimed at reaching about $14,000 young people annually.
Ontario is providing over $31 million through Roadmap to Wellness to improve access to specialized #MentalHealth services, reduce waitlists and wait times and support the mental health and wellbeing of children and youth, while reducing hospital pressures. https://t.co/Oda6xHjItl pic.twitter.com/Y9rMKiXXZc
— Ontario Ministry of Health (@ONThealth) June 1, 2021
BC Exceeding Vaccination Targets:
British Columbia health officials report 70 per cent of eligible residents in the province aged 12 and up have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Officials also said they’ll be following the latest guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization about mixing and matching vaccines. The panel on Tuesday deemed it safe for those who got the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose to get either the same shot for their second dose, or they may choose the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. More than two-million Canadians got the AstraZeneca shot before provinces stopped using it for first doses last month because of its potential link to a rare blood-clotting syndrome that has affected 41 Canadians and killed five.
The Ontario government reported 699 new cases of COVID-19 in the province yesterday. That number was the smallest daily increase since mid-October. It was also the second day in-a-row with fewer than 1,000 cases, which hasn’t happened since early March. The province also reported 9 new deaths, 73 more patients in hospital, and 34 less patients in the ICU. 1,568 more cases were marked as resolved.
Ontario is reporting 699 cases of #COVID19 and nearly 20,300 tests completed. Locally, there are 207 new cases in Toronto, 144 in Peel, 52 in York Region and 50 in Durham.
As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 9,202,220 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) June 1, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
There were 33 new cases reported by Waterloo Region Public Health yesterday and no new deaths. There are 23 people hospitalized in the Region. Active cases dropped to 322.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health announced just 4 new cases yesterday. 2 cases were in Wellington and 2 were in Guelph. Active cases are down by thirty-four to a total of 156. Hospitalizations were down by 5 to a total of 16.
Contains files from the Canadian Press
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