The CDC Confirms Vaccinated People Can Gather Indoors Without Masks – Full COVID-19 Update

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance that it calls the first step in restoring normalcy. The CDC says fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or social distancing. But it still recommends fully vaccinated people wear well-fitted masks, avoid large gatherings, and physically distance themselves when out in public.… Read more

All Ontario Residents Should Be Able To Get A Shot By June 20 – Full COVID-19 Update

The head of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine task force says the province aims to offer first doses to all eligible residents by the first day of summer — June 20th. Retired general Rick Hiller says the approval of two more vaccines, an extended interval between doses and increased supplies will speed up the vaccine rollout. Under phase two starting in April, … Read more

Today The Province Will Announce Which Regions Are Changing Colours On Monday – Full COVID-19 Update

A decision is coming today about what restrictions will take effect next week in three Ontario virus hot spots still under stay-at-home orders. Those orders in effect Toronto, Peel Region are set to expire Monday after public health rules loosened elsewhere in the province over the last month. The government will decide what restrictions to place on those regions under … Read more

Lots More Vaccines Are Coming Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Canada is on track to receive a total of 945,000 COVID-19 vaccines this week, including the first 500,000 shots of the newly approved Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine today. Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the daily decrease in new infections is levelling off, with an increase of new COVID-19 variants circulating in every province. At an Ottawa news conference yesterday, … Read more

Panel Says Canada Should Only Give The AstraZeneca Vaccine To Those Under 65 – Full COVID-19 Update

A national panel of vaccine experts says provinces should not use AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine on seniors. Health Canada authorized the vaccine for use Friday on all adults, including seniors. But the National Advisory Committee on Immunization is concerned there is limited data on how well the vaccine will prevent infection in older populations. The panel is advising provinces that the … Read more

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

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