Multiple Regions are Moving into Different Colour Zones Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Two Ontario regions are now back in lockdown while seven others will see restrictions ease. Thunder Bay and Simcoe Muskoka are now back in the grey zone to combat rising COVID-19 cases. Meanwhile measures will loosen in various degrees in Niagara Region; Chatham-Kent; Middlesex-London; Southwestern; Haldimand-Norfolk; Huron Perth; and Grey Bruce health units. The government lifted a stay-at-home order for … Read more

New Modelling Data Forecasts Variants Will Soon Be Dominant – Full COVID-19 Update

New modelling released yesterday predicts more infectious variants of COVID-19 will likely make up 40 per cent of cases in Ontario by the second week of March. The province’s science advisory group says declines in cases and hospitalizations that followed strict lockdown measures have begun to slow. Projections show hospitalizations will likely rise as variants spread, and intensive care capacity … Read more

Several Arriving Air Passengers Are Ignoring The Quarantine Hotel Rules – Full COVID-19 Update

Peel Region’s top doctor says it’s unfortunate that some international travellers arriving at Toronto’s Pearson airport are refusing to comply with new quarantine rules. Peel Regional Police say several travellers have refused to follow the order requiring a three-day quarantine in a designated hotel. They say some cases were resolved in discussions with officers but other travellers were fined $880-dollars … Read more

Tam Says Widespread Lockdowns Could End This Summer – Full COVID-19 Update

Canada’s chief public health officer is offering some cheer about future COVID-19 restrictions. Dr. Theresa Tam says results from COVID-19 vaccinations so far are encouraging enough that she thinks the need for massive lockdowns could be over before the end of the summer. But she says some of the more personal measures, like wearing masks and limiting close contact outside … Read more

Travellers Flagging Issues With The Quarantine Hotel Program – Full COVID-19 Update

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Travellers returning to Canada to new COVID-19 health restrictions are complaining of disconnected calls and hours or even days of waiting to make a reservation at federally approved hotels for the mandatory three-day quarantine. Some air passengers say they were forced to delay or cancel their flights after spending hours on hold trying to … Read more

Johns Hopkins Professor Claims That The US Will Reach Herd Immunity By April With COVID-19 Cases Falling By 72% In Six Weeks

Johns Hopkins professor Dr. Marty Makary says we’ll have herd immunity by April.  Dr. Makary wrote in a Wall Street Journal editorial that he estimates that the U.S. will have herd immunity by then, driven by the high, but underestimated, number of people who have been infected already and vaccination.  “Some medical experts privately agreed with my prediction that Read more

New Border Restrictions Kick In Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Starting today, most travellers arriving in Canada by air will be required to quarantine for three days in a federally approved hotel, as Ottawa works to prevent further spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 variants. In addition to footing the bill for the mandatory hotel stay, travellers will also have to complete multiple COVID-19 tests in the days after they … Read more

It’s Decision Day For Toronto, Peel And York Region – Full COVID-19 Update

Health Minister Christine Elliott says cabinet will meet this morning to discuss whether to lift a stay-at-home order next week for four COVID-19 hot spots. Elliott says cabinet’s decision for Toronto, Peel Region, York Region and North Bay Parry Sound will be announced later in the day. She say the province is carefully considering a request from health officials in … Read more

Most of Ontario Returns to The Colour Coded System Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Pandemic restrictions will loosen in 27 Ontario health units today as the province moves ahead with a reopening plan in light of projections showing a likely third wave of COVID-19. Niagara Region will be the only region in the grey-lockdown zone. The rest of the regions fall along the scale that moves from red — the second-most strict level behind … Read more

Trudeau Asked India For More Vaccines – Full COVID-19 Update

The Trudeau government is asking the government of India if it can send some COVID-19 vaccines Canada’s way. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his country will do its best to help Canada, but stops short of making any specific guarantee. Canada is also not among 25 countries cleared by the Indian government to receive exported doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine … Read more

Americans Will Be Able To Get COVID Shots At Pharmacies Starting Next Week

After weeks of vaccine distribution being largely limited to hospitals, health systems and local health departments, COVID-19 vaccines are already poised to roll out at major pharmacies throughout America, including the nation’s two largest chains, CVS and Walgreens.  At CVS, which has nearly 10,000 locations, including pharmacies inside Target stores, vaccination appointments can be scheduled beginning tomorrow for about 350 … Read more

Travellers Coming To Canada at Land Crossings Will Need To Show A Negative COVID-19 Test – Full Update

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians arriving at the border by land can’t be refused entry. But Trudeau says, as of next week, those who don’t have proof of a recent COVID-19 test upon arriving at the border could face fines of up to $3,000. They will also be subject to a rigorous follow-up process to make sure they complete … Read more

Facebook Taking On COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation On Their Platform

Facebook is moving more aggressively to combat vaccine misinformation, taking down debunked claims on Facebook and Instagram including that vaccines cause autism or that it is safer for people to get COVID-19 than to receive the immunization.  Facebook also warned that groups, pages and accounts on Facebook and Instagram that repeatedly share these falsehoods may be removed.

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Ontario Starts To Recover Today As The Province Allows The State-Of-Emergency To Expire – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford says Ontario will start to transition out of a province-wide shut-down this week starting with regions with the lowest COVID-19 cases. Ford says the state of emergency will be allowed to expire today but the stay-at-home order will remain in place as regions transition back to the province’s colour-coded restrictions system. Three regions in eastern and northeastern Ontario … Read more

Today We Find Out How Ontario Will Start To Reopen The Economy – Full COVID-19 Update

Some Restrictions Are About To Get Lifted

A senior government source says the province will announce its plan for gradually loosening COVID-19 restrictions today. The source says that according to the plan, regions with fewer cases — Hastings Prince Edward, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington, Renfrew County and Timiskaming Health Unit — will begin reopening first. They’ll move into … Read more

Dr Fauci Assures That There Are No Red Flags For Pregnant Women Receiving COVID Vaccines

Dr. Fauci says there are no red flags so far for pregnant women getting COVID vaccines after more than 10,000 mothers-to-be got their shots.  Pregnant women were not included in the vaccine trials run by Moderna and Pfizer – but that left health officials and women keen to discover the results once they became available.  FDA officials gave emergency authorization … Read more

All Of The Drug Companies Said No To Canada Making It’s Own Vaccines – Full COVID-19 Update

With Canada facing more delays in shipments of COVID-19 vaccines, Procurement Minister Anita Anand says every company that signed a contract to supply doses was asked if it was possible to manufacture the drug here. All of them said no. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada has a new contract with Maryland-based Novavax to eventually make doses … Read more

Some High Risk Seniors Have to Keep Waiting for Their Vaccine – Full COVID-19 Update

The province says it will miss its target to give all nursing-home residents the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine due to a delay in vaccine shipments. Health officials have updated the target to provide first doses to all long-term care residents and other high-priority groups to February 10th — five days later than previously expected. It’s the latest change … Read more

The Spread Of The UK Variant Will Impact When Ontario Can Reopen – Full COVID-19 Update

A contagious variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is expected to be the dominant strain of the disease in Ontario in March. This according to Doctor Adalsteinn Brown, who’s advising the province on the virus’s spread. He says the strain, which was first identified in the UK, means there’s less room for Ontarians to relax public health protocols. He … Read more

China Is Now Using Anal Swabs To Test For COVID

Beijing is using anal swabs to test its residents for coronavirus, a method that experts say is more accurate and raises the chances of detecting the virus.  To collect test samples, the swab needs to be inserted about 1.2 to 2 inches into the rectum and rotated several times.  After completing the motion twice, the swab is removed before being … Read more

New Travel Restrictions Are Coming – Full COVID-19 Update

With Ottawa gearing up to install new restrictions on international travel, data from Health Canada suggests we’ve seen a worrying uptick of infections directly connected to foreign arrivals. Although travel exposures account for less than two per cent of Canada’s overall COVID-19 case count, the number of cases linked to recent travellers, and their close contacts, is showing continual growth. … Read more

Ontario Again Calling On The Feds To Protect The Border At Airports

Premier Ford is calling on the federal government to bolster travel restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 variant cases. Ford says those restrictions should include mandatory testing at airports for all incoming international travellers. He also wants the federal government to temporarily ban direct flights from countries where the new variants are detected, including Brazil and Portugal. The province … Read more

Budweiser Is Skipping The Super Bowl For The First Time In Nearly Four Decades

For the first time in 37 years, Budweiser isn’t advertising during the Super Bowl.  Instead, Budweiser is shifting the money that would’ve been spent on the commercial slot — a reported $5.6 million for the February 7 event — to support “critical COVID-19 vaccine awareness” with donations and future ad campaigns, the company said yesterday.  COVID forced Budweiser … Read more

Ontario Adopts A Temporary Change in Strategy for Vaccinating Seniors – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario is accelerating COVID-19 vaccinations for residents of long-term care and high-risk retirement homes. The new date for all of the most vulnerable seniors to receive the first dose is February 5th, which is 10 days earlier than previously scheduled. Premier Ford says the province is redirecting available supplies to those who need them most due to the delay in … Read more

Look Who Is Back At The White House COVID-19 Briefings

Dr. Anthony Fauci made it clear yesterday he’s happy to be working for President Joe Biden, taking a few pot shots at what it was like operating under Donald Trump. Fauci appeared in the White House press briefing room for the first time since this spring and, in several jaw-dropping comments, revealed his true feelings on Trump.  He didn’t mention … Read more

The Vaccine Shortage Will Hurt More Than We Were Lead To Believe – Full COVID-19 Update

The delivery slow-down of vaccine doses from Pfizer-BioNTech will be bigger than previously thought. Major-General Dany Fortin, who’s overseeing the vaccine rollout, says Pfizer won’t be delivering any doses to Canada next week — and then only a fifth of its promised allotment the following week. Pfizer is expanding its plant in Belgium to produce more vaccines overall.

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Online Learning Will Continue Past Monday At Most Schools In Ontario – Full COVID-19 Update

Many schools across the province are going to remain online-only for the time being. Due to the COVID-19 numbers being so high, only schools in 7 public Health units will be allowed to open on Monday as scheduled. Those include: Grey Bruce; Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge; Hastings and Prince Edward Counties; Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington; Leeds, Grenville and … Read more

Canada To Face A Major Vaccine Shortage – Full COVID-19 Update

The flow of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine into Canada is about to be disrupted — albeit temporarily. The US drugmaker recently told government officials that it’s cutting deliveries in half over the next four weeks as upgrades are being completed at its facility in Belgium. They say the upgrades will eventually allow more doses to be produced. Still, the man in … Read more

The Province Is Opening A New COVID Hospital In Vaughan – Full Daily Update

The province says it will spend $125-million dollars to create 500 additional hospital beds to deal with the latest surge of COVID-19 cases. Premier Ford says some patients from overcrowded hospitals in the GTA will also be transferred to a new facility in Vaughan when it opens next month. The Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital will add 35 new critical care beds … Read more

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