New Modelling Data Predicts Over 3,000 Cases A Day in January – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s pandemic advisers predict COVID-19 case counts could rise to 3,000 a day by mid-January without even accounting for the Omicron variant. New projections from the science advisory table also suggest hospitals may be strained, with close to 400 COVID-19 patients in intensive care — more than double the 165 currently in ICU’s. Advisory panel member Dr. Allison McGeer says … Read more

The LCBO Warns Us To Shop Early – Some Items Are Already In Short Supply

Ontario’s liquor retailer is urging residents to stock up early this holiday season to prevent any supply chain-induced disappointments. The LCBO says transportation issues and the “ongoing considerations of COVID-19,” including changes to consumer demand, have led to a booze shortage. The Crown corporation’s chief supply chain officer says imported products are more likely to be affected. Nick … Read more

Trudeau Waiting For NACI To Decide On Booster Shots – Full COVID-19 Update

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the question about booster shots for COVID-19 is not whether Canada has enough — but when people should get them. Trudeau says the country has plenty of vaccine doses for boosters. He says he’s consulting with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization for guidance about who should get them and when. As some provinces prepare … Read more

The Travel Rules Change Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Canadian travel rules get a little tougher today for some unvaccinated travellers. Anyone unvaccinated and over age 12 won’t be able to board a plane or train in Canada beginning today. There are some exceptions, including valid medical exemptions and travel to remote communities only accessible by plane. Most people who qualify for an exemption will need a recent COVID-19 … Read more

The Omicron Variant Is Already In Ontario – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario has Canada’s first two known cases of Omicron, a new COVID-19 variant of concern. Provincial Health Minister Christine Elliott says both cases were found in the Ottawa area in people who had recently returned from Nigeria. She says Ottawa Public Health is conducting case and contact management and the patients are self-isolating. The federal government recently banned visitors from … Read more

New Public Health Holiday Guidance From The Province

Public health officials have released a set of guidelines for the second pandemic December holiday season. The guidance, which Doctor Kieran Moore shared yesterday, says groups of fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks at indoor holiday gatherings if everyone is comfortable. However, it’s recommended that people wear masks and physically distance from others if meeting with people from … Read more

Changes Proposed To Federal Pandemic Aid Programs – Full COVID-19 Update

The Trudeau Liberals have outlined their latest aid package for an economy recovering from COVID-19. They propose targeted financial support to businesses still recovering from the pandemic, help for some workers, and extra weeks of benefits that expired just days ago. The bill introduced in the House of Commons is one of four pieces of legislation the government wants MPs … Read more

Thousands Of Kid Vaccine Appointments Booked On Day 1 – Full COVID-19 Update

Tens of thousands of Ontario parents rushed to book appointments online yesterday morning for long-awaited COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged five to 11. A spokeswoman for Premier Doug Ford says more than 68,000 appointments had been made through the province’s online booking portal by 10am — just two hours after it officially opened. That doesn’t include bookings made through individual … Read more

Two Top European Destinations Move Into The CDC’s Highest-Risk Category For Travel

Germany and Denmark were added to the CDC’s list of “very high” risk travel destinations yesterday as a winter Covid-19 surge sweeps much of Europe.  Germany is battling a fourth wave and reported a record single-day surge in cases last week.  After lifting domestic Covid restrictions in September, Denmark is once again fighting a spike in Covid cases and is … Read more

Kids Can Book A Vaccine Starting This Morning – Full COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 vaccine appointment bookings will open this morning for children aged five to 11. The provincial government says they’ll start to be available 8am through the COVID-19 vaccination portal and contact centre, directly through public health units using their booking systems, participating pharmacies and select primary care providers. Children must be turning five years old by the end of 2021 … Read more

Today Health Canada Will Approve The Pfizer Vaccine For Kids – Full Update

The federal government is set to make two major announcements on the pandemic front today, starting with the approval of Canada’s first COVID-19 vaccine for children, then later detailed plans to ease some of the pandemic-related measures at the border. The government has scheduled a media briefing with officials at 10am to share news regarding authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine … Read more

Government Defending Decision To Allow Symptomatic Testing In Pharmacies

Health Minister Christine Elliot says infection and control measures will be followed in a proposed plan to allow pharmacies to provide COVID-19 testing for people who are symptomatic. The Opposition New Democrats asked yesterday whether rules that currently limit pharmacies to non-symptomatic testing are being changed after lobbying efforts. But Elliott says the decision is based on the advice of … Read more

The New Projections Are Out – Full COVID-19 Update

New projections from Ontario’s pandemic advisers expect intensive care occupancy due to COVID-19 infections to rise in the province over the coming months along with a steady growth in cases. The new modelling, published Friday, from the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table noted that hospitalizations and intensive care numbers are currently stable, but intensive care admissions will likely total around … Read more

The Border Reopens Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Expect Ontario’s border crossings to be a little busier starting today. Shortly after midnight, the US reopened its land border to non-essential travellers. That border had been closed for nearly 20 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But not everyone is taking advantage of the loosened rules. Canada still requires a costly molecular COVID-19 test to get back into the … Read more

Ford Says No To Province-Wide Vaccine Mandates In Hospitals – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford says he has decided for now against bringing in a province-wide COVID-19 vaccination mandate for hospital workers. Ford says after asking hospitals and other stakeholders for input last month, he decided to leave the decision to mandate vaccines up to individual hospitals. He notes BC has been forced to cancel surgeries due to staff shortages caused by its … Read more

Waterloo And Hamilton Airports Are Approved To Accept International Flights Again

Travelers got some great news yesterday when the federal government announced the Region of Waterloo International Airport will be able to resume international flights by the end of November. The federal transport minister explained that increased vaccination levels have allowed them to safely re-open additional Canadian airports to international flights. Currently Flair and Sunwing operate international flights out of Kitchener Read more

Ontario Preparing to Announce a Formal Policy On Firing Healthcare Workers – Full COVID-19 Update

Health Minister Christine Elliott says she believes she now has enough information to make a decision on whether to bring in a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy at Ontario hospitals. Hospital CEO’s, local medical officers of health and other related organizations were asked last month to provide input on a possible vaccine mandate by October 19th. But Elliott said last week … Read more

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