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The latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic

Ontario is About to Release a New Budget – Full COVID19 Update

Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips will introduce this year’s budget next Thursday after it was delayed in the spring due to the COVID19 pandemic. Phillips says the budget will provide a three-year outlook building on last summer’s action plan outlining an estimated $30-billion dollars in response to the pandemic. He says it will expand support for those still facing financial … Read more

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Georgia Writer Opens Restaurant For Chipmunk On Front Porch

The coronavirus pandemic has been tough on restaurants, but one woman decided to open her own anyway — on her porch, for a chipmunk.   Angela Hansberger is a food writer from Atlanta, but her typical work — writing about restaurants — has been put on hold during the pandemic.   “I was facing a lot of anxiety,” Hansberger recently … Read more

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Tam Says the Worst is Yet to Come And Fauci Predicts A Vaccine Will Be Ready By December – Full Update

With the number of COVID19 cases rising 16 per cent in the past two weeks, Dr. Theresa Tam is warning the most critical health consequences have yet to emerge. The chief public health officer says the number of hospitalizations and deaths may increase as the second wave of the pandemic drives the national death toll toward 10,000. Both Ontario and … Read more

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The US FDA Has Now Approved A Treatment For COVID19 – Full Update

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to treat COVID19. Remdesivir is an anti-viral medicine given through an IV. Its maker, Gilead, says it’s approved for people at least 12 years old who need hospitalization for their coronavirus infection. A large study stateside found it cut the time to recovery by five days — from 15 … Read more

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The Rapid Tests Have Arrived – Full COVID19 Update

The federal government says the first shipment of rapid tests for COVID19 has arrived in Canada. But just who will get them is unclear. Canada signed a deal with Abbott Diagnostics to buy 7.9 million ID Now tests, which can produce results on the spot in under 15 minutes. Procurement Minister Anita Anand says the first shipment of 100,000 ests … Read more

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Dr Tam Is Concerned About The Spread Of COVID19 Fake News – Full Update

Canada’s chief public health doctor says fake news about the COVID19 pandemic has been spreading faster than the virus itself. Doctor Theresa Tam says all Canadians must play a role in not letting false facts circulating online … Read more

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The Liberals Have Made Today’s Vote A Confidence Motion – Canada Could Be Thrust Into A Federal Election

A vote is expected today on a Conservative motion to create a special committee on COVID19 spending, focusing on the WE charity scandal. The Liberals have made it a confidence vote, meaning that it could … Read more

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Health Officials Recommend No Trick Or Treating In Parts Of Ontario – Full COVID19 Update

Ontario’s chief medical officer of health is not recommending children in COVID19 hot spot regions participate in traditional Halloween activities. Dr. David Williams says he is recommending against sending children out trick-or-treating in Ottawa, Toronto, Peel, and York Region. He says given the high rates of transmission in the areas people should consider virtual alternatives. Williams says it also critical … Read more

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York Region Enters A Modified Stage 2 Today – Full COVID19 Update

York Region rolls back to a modified Stage 2 of Ontario’s pandemic plan today. The province announced the move on Friday, saying the region has seen an alarming spike of COVID19 cases. It means restaurants in the region won’t be able to offer indoor dining, and gyms and movie theatres will have to close. It’s set to last for 28 … Read more

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Gyms Waiting For Possible Changes To Be Announced – Full COVID19 Update

Fitness businesses in Ontario are awaiting the provincial medical officer of health’s review of COVID19 gym protocols. Doctor Barbara Yaffe says she is reviewing the guidelines following a large outbreak at a cycling studio in Hamilton. 47 COVID19 cases have been linked to the SPINCO Hamilton location, making up a quarter of Hamilton’s active cases. James Sheridan, an executive at … Read more

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Fauci Predicts The US Will Have Enough Doses Of Coronavirus Vaccines For The General Public By April

Top US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci believes the average American could realistically have a coronavirus vaccine by April, he said yesterday. “That will likely be within the first quarter of 2021 by let’s say April of 2021,” Fauci told CBS Evening News. This predicted timeline seems to fit with President Trump’s claim that vaccines are coming … Read more

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Dr Tam Weighs In On Vaccine Development And Halloween – Full COVID19 Update

Canada’s chief public health officer says health and safety should never be compromised in the race for a COVID19 vaccine. Johnson & Johnson has paused a clinical trial of its COVID19 vaccine after finding an unexplained illness — a normal occurrence in large-scale studies. Dr. Theresa Tam acknowledged yesterday that the delay could mean a longer wait before a vaccine … Read more

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Researchers Find Coronavirus Can Survive On Surfaces For A Month

Coronavirus can survive for a month on surfaces including banknotes, mobile phone screens and stainless steel according to new research.   Researchers at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, have found that COVID19 can survive for up to 28 days on surfaces.  The research, undertaken at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) in Geelong, Victoria, found the virus survived better … Read more

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US Confirms Its First Case Of COVID19 Reinfection – Full Daily Update

U.S. Researchers have confirmed the country’s first case of a patient becoming reinfected with the novel coronavirus.  According to the report, an unnamed 25-year-old man, who lives in Washoe County, Nevada, tested positive in mid-April after showing signs of mild illness.  After recovering, and testing negative twice, he started experiencing similar symptoms in late May.  He tested positive again for … Read more

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The Government is Considering It’s Options to Preserve Hospital Capacity – Full COVID19 Update

Health Minister Christine Elliott says the province is discussing capacity challenges with the Ontario Hospital Association amid a second wave of COVID19. The OHA says options being discussed include setting up field hospitals, using hotel rooms for patients and taking over space in long-term care homes. But the OHA is continuing to push the government to shut down non-essential businesses … Read more

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Only 10 Percent Of Ottawa’s Massive New COVID Benefit Will Go To People With COVID19 – Full Update

Parliament’s spending watchdog estimates less than 10 per cent of the government’s new sickness benefit will go to people with COVID19. Parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux says the new sickness benefit is estimated at $655-million dollars but says only $50-million will go to those with novel coronavirus. He says most of the money will go to people who have to … Read more

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All Four Teacher Unions Are Holding A Joint News Conference Today – Full COVID19 Update

Four of Ontario’s major teachers’ unions are to hold a news conference today on the reopening of the province’s schools. The 2pm event comes after the Ontario Labour Relations Board last week dismissed the unions’ complaint, which raised health and safety concerns about the reopening plan. The legal action was filed by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, the Ontario … Read more

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President Trump Is Back At The White House After Receiving COVID19 Treatment In Hospital

President Donald Trump is back at the White House after spending the weekend being treated for COVID19 at a military hospital. Trump, still contagious, has made clear that he has little intention of abiding by best containment practices. Moments after returning, he defiantly removed his face mask and stopped to pose on a balcony within feet of a White House … Read more

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Ontario Schools in Hotspot Regions are Getting More Money – Full COVID19 Update

Premier Ford has authorized an additional $35-million dollars in funding for schools in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel and York Regions. Ford says the funding can be used to hire more teachers to allow for more physical distancing in the classroom and to buy computers to boost online learning. The funding is going to regions facing higher rates of COVID19 transmission. … Read more

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The Latest On President Trump Battling COVID19

President Trump Says His Time in Hospital Has Opened His Eyes:

Donald Trump says his time in hospital for COVID19 has really opened his eyes to the dangers of the virus. The US president issued his revelation in a short video yesterday. However, contrary to his danger message, Trump decided to take a Sunday drive in his specially built SUV … Read more

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New COVID19 Financial Support Programs Open Today – Full Update

Canadians forced to miss work because of COVID19 can start applying for financial support from the federal government today. The new benefits have been highly anticipated as Canadians face increasing uncertainty due to a surge in new COVID19 cases heading into the fall and winter. The new caregiver benefit provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks to households … Read more

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Donald And Melania Trump Have COVID19 – Full Update

US President Donald Trump’s personal physician says Trump and the first lady are both well after testing positive for COVID19. The doctor says they both plan to remain at home at the White House while infected. Trump’s positive test comes just hours after the White House announced that senior aide Hope Hicks came down with the virus after traveling with … Read more

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New COVID19 Benefits Approved in the House of Commons – Full Update

The House of Commons has unanimously passed legislation authorizing new COVID19 benefits. Bill C-4 passed in the wee hours of the morning, after a day of political manoeuvering and just four-and-a-half hours of debate on its actual contents. In the end, Conservative MPs, who had protested against fast-tracking the bill, voted for it. The bill helps workers impacted by the … Read more

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Ford Confirms the Second Wave Has Started As Hospitals Call For Regional Restrictions – Full COVID19 Update

Premier Ford says the second wave of COVID19 is here in Ontario. He says all options are on the table to combat a surge in cases. Yesterday Ontario had it’s the highest recorded daily increase in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. The premier also announced an additional $52-million-dollars to hire 3,700 more nurses and personal support workers … Read more

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Yandy Releases Sexy New Costumes For Halloween 2020 – But No Coronavirus Outfits

Fashion retailer Yandy doesn’t typically shy away from sexy or controversial Halloween costumes inspired by current events and public personas.  But last week, the company’s executives said they don’t intend to sell racy coronavirus costumes.  “I don’t think there’s anything sexy about it,” Pilar Quintana-Williams, Yandy’s vice president of merchandising, told Business Insider.  That doesn’t mean the company … Read more

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The CERB Ended Yesterday – Full COVID19 Update

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit, (The CERB), is over. Now it is up to Parliament to approve of a Liberal-proposed replacement this week. In its place is employment insurance, which the government says the majority of people will go on, plus a new suite of benefits that won’t exist unless approved by the politicians. As of a week ago, the … Read more

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Coalition of Health Professionals Calling On Government for New Restrictions – Full COVID19 Update

A group of 38 health leaders and doctors is urging the province to place restrictions on non-essential businesses and activities that facilitate social gatherings. The group says in a statement that immediate action is needed to curb rising cases of COVID19 and prevent another widespread lockdown of businesses and schools. The statement says restrictions should target dine-in restaurants and bars, … Read more

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We Won’t Be Gathering At Thanksgiving But We Have A Shot At Christmas

The prime minister made a rare televised address last night to break the bad news to Canadians — the second wave of COVID19 is already underway. Justin Trudeau also admitted that the dramatic rise in COVID19 infections across the country won’t be stopped in the next few days or weeks and said Canadians likely won’t be gathering for Thanksgiving. He … Read more

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Yesterday’s Throne Speech Made A Lot Of Promises We Have Heard Before

Yesterday’s throne speech from the Liberal government promised a lot of things we have heard before but still haven’t been delivered. Everything from pharmacare to daycare was promised yesterday with no plan or details on how or when they could rollout, if they ever do. It also introduced or expanded several COVID19 benefit programs and supports for nearly every sector … Read more

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COVID Testing In Pharmacies Begins Tomorrow – Full Update

The Plan for the Second Wave:

Premier Doug Ford says COVID19 testing will be available at some pharmacies starting Friday. It’s the second part of his government’s fall pandemic preparedness plan, and it’s meant to ease pressure on the province’s assessment centres. Ford says testing will be offered at up to 60 pharmacies by appointment only for people who are … Read more

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CDC Halloween 2020 Guidelines: Trick-Or-Treating, Costume Masks Not Advised

Halloween won’t be canceled over the coronavirus pandemic. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning revelers against participating in certain holiday traditions to help slow the spread of disease. The group has released their 2020 Halloween guidelines for the COVID19 era.  “Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses,” the agency wrote in … Read more

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Ontario Begins To Rollout The Plan For The Second Wave – Full COVID19 Update

The provincial government is implementing what it says is the largest flu-shot campaign in Ontario history as it plans for a second wave of COVID19. Premier Ford says it’s essential Ontario residents get their shots this year to preserve hospital capacity. Ford says the province has spent $70-million dollars to purchase 5.1-million doses of the flu vaccine. That’s 700,000 more … Read more

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Today Ontarians Will Learn The Plan For A Second Wave Of COVID19 – Full Update

The Plan for the Second Wave Will Be Announced Today:

Premier Doug Ford is set to start revealing details of the province’s COVID19 fall preparedness plan later today. It comes after new case numbers have climbed over 400 for three of the last four days. Health Minister Christine Elliott has said the multi-faceted plan will be unveiled over several days, … Read more

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Gathering Limits Have Been Lowered Province-Wide – Full COVID19 Update

Gathering Limits Have Been Lowered:

With COVID19 cases rising across the province, Premier Ford has taken further action to shrink the size of social gatherings. New restrictions that were first announced for Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region have now been expanded to the entire province. For at least the next four weeks, indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people, … Read more

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Principal Made A Student Take Off His Mask Because It Was From Hooters

A dad says there’s nothing wrong with his fifth-grade son wearing a Hooters-themed mask to school– after the principal said it was offensive and made the boy take it off.  “He told me it was deemed offensive,” Steve Golba told a TV station in Orlando.  “I told him we go there as a family.  We eat their Read more

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Gathering Limits Have Been Lowered in Toronto, Ottawa And Peel – Full COVID19 Update

Premier Ford has announced new restrictions on social gatherings in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region and tough new fines for those breaking the rules. Limits on private indoor gatherings are being lowered from 25 to 10 starting today in those three regions that have seen a spike in COVID19 cases. Limits on outdoors gatherings are being reduced to 25 from … Read more

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Ford Promising Stiff Fines For People Who Violate COVID Gathering Limits – Full Update

Premier Ford is promising stiff new financial penalties will be part of new measures aimed at addressing a spike in COVID19 cases. Ford and his cabinet met to discuss measures aimed at lowering the number of people allowed at social gatherings. The current limit on social gatherings is 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors. The premier says people who violate … Read more

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Ford To Introduce New Guidelines For COVID19 Hotspot Cities – Full Update

Premier Doug Ford says he will introduce new guidelines for COVID19 hotspots in Ontario in the coming days. Ford says he has spoken with the mayors of Toronto, Brampton and Ottawa, cities that have seen the bulk of the new COVID19 cases in recent weeks, about their needs. On Monday, Ford warned that Ontario’s rising virus rates could force the … Read more

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Ontario Is About To Unveil A New Strategy As A Second-Wave Looms – Full COVID19 Update

Ontario’s health minister says the province will unveil a new fall strategy to address COVID19 in the coming days. Christine Elliott says the government has been working on the strategy over the summer in order to prepare for a possible second wave of the virus. She says it factors in the impact of traditional flu season and capacity issues in … Read more

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The Legislature Resumes Sitting Today As Ontario Cases Continue To Climb – Full COVID19 Update

Across Ontario, there were 204 cases of COVID19 yesterday. The majority of those came from the same 3 areas that have been leading in new cases for several weeks now. Toronto reported 63 cases, 47 were in Ottawa and 35 cases were in Peel. Of the new cases reported yesterday, 64% of them were in young people, under 40 years … Read more

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