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The latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic

ICU Doctor Warns “This Is What You’ll See At The End Of Your Life” If COVID Precautions Aren’t Taken

After notifying a family their loved one had died from COVID19, ICU Dr. Ken Remy felt compelled to send a message to emphasize how critical wearing a mask, social distancing and washing your hands are to reduce the transmission.  So he made a video simulating a COVID patient being intubated, in what could be their last moment of their life … Read more

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Trudeau Admits Canada Is On A Wait List For Vaccines – Full COVID19 Update

Prime Minister Trudeau says Canada will have to wait for a COVID vaccine because the very first ones that roll out are likely to be given to citizens of the country they are made in. Trudeau notes Canada does not have vaccine-production facilities. The United States, the United Kingdom and Germany do. In the Commons yesterday, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole … Read more

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Mayor Tory Urging Retailers To Not Hold Big Black Friday Sales

Toronto Mayor John Tory is calling on business owners to not hold big in-person Black Friday sales this year. With daily new COVID19 infections remaining high and the city under a provincial lockdown order, Tory says this is not the time to send shoppers into the streets to get a deal on clothes or electronics when stores are only supposed … Read more

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GTHA Mayors Calling On Leaders To Address A Rising Fear About Getting Tested For COVID19

A group of Ontario mayors wants federal and provincial governments to address workers’ fears about losing money over a COVID19 diagnosis. The group of leaders from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area say people are going to work with symptoms because they are afraid of losing jobs or income if they test positive for COVID19. Toronto Mayor John Tory says … Read more

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Multiple Gathering Charges Laid in Toronto Over the Weekend – Full COVID19 Update

Thirty-nine charges were laid in Toronto related to weekend gatherings that allegedly violated the province’s COVID19 rules. Fire Chief Matthew Pegg, who is leading the city’s COVID19 response, says 106 complaints about gatherings came in over the weekend. One gathering a storage unit on Friday resulted in one person being charged under the Reopening Ontario Act. Fifteen charges were laid … Read more

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Dr. Fauci Says Santa Claus Is Immune To COVID19 And Children Shouldn’t Worry About Him Spreading It

Santa Claus won’t have any worries dropping off presents this Christmas season because he’s immune to the coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci said.  “Santa is exempt from this because Santa, of all the good qualities, has a lot of good innate immunity,” Fauci told USA Today.  With the US inundated by more than 11 million confirmed coronavirus cases … Read more

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The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Starts Today

Businesses struggling to pay the bills because of the COVID19 pandemic will be able to start applying today for a long-awaited new commercial rent-relief program offered by the federal government. The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy replaces an earlier rent-support program for businesses introduced in the spring that saw little pickup because it relied on landlords to apply for help. … Read more

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Toronto And Peel Region Are Now in Lockdown – Full COVID19 Update

Ontario’s top two COVID hot spots are waking up under a lockdown this morning. Stricter health measures kicked in at midnight for Toronto and Peel Region for at least the next 28 days. Non-essential retailers are now closed for in-person shopping, personal care services are suspended and restaurants can offer only pickup or delivery service. The impending lockdown sent many … Read more

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Quebec Has Solved The Potential Holiday Gathering Problem By Proposing A Moral Contract With It’s Citizens

Quebec Premier Francois Legault says he is proposing a “moral contract” with Quebecers for the holiday season. He’s asking Quebecers to isolate for one week before Christmas and one week after. He says if they can do that, gatherings of up to 10 people will be permitted between December 24th and 27th. Legault also says partial lockdown measures covering most … Read more

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Lockdown Announcements Are Coming Down Today – Full COVID19 Update

Today Premier Ford is expected to make an announcement related to stricter COVID19 control measures. The Premier has been hinting for several days that the provincial hotspots like Toronto, Peel Region and York Region could move to the Grey portion of Ontario’s colour-coded system of public health restrictions. Grey is the most severe stage and it includes full lockdown measures, … Read more

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[Listen] Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic Talks Possible New Restrictions Coming To KW

This morning Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic joined Scott & Kat on 91.5 the Beat to discuss the COVID19 situation in Waterloo Region and the possibility of new restrictions coming to the Region as soon as … Read more

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FDA Approves First At-Home Covid-19 Test That Delivers Results In 30 Minutes Without Sending Sample To A Lab

US regulators have approved the first rapid coronavirus test that can be performed entirely at home and delivers results in 30 minutes.  The single-use test kit from Lucira Health allows users to swab themselves to collect a nasal sample, which is then swirled in a vial of laboratory solution that plugs into a portable device. Results are displayed as lights … Read more

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CDC Holiday Guidelines Tell People Not To Sing, Listen To Loud Music Or Drink Alcohol To Prevent The Spread Of COVID19

The holidays will look different this year as coronavirus cases surge and new guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise Americans to forego caroling, loud music and even drinking alcohol.  The CDC offered new health and safety guidelines last week to consider during the holidays if people host or attend small gatherings.  The CDC advises to … Read more

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Ford Prepares Toronto, Peel And York Region For A Lockdown Announcement Tomorrow – Full COVID19 Update

Premier Ford says he’ll announce targeted new measures on Friday aimed at lowering COVID19 cases in provincial hot spots. Ford says new measures must be implemented in Toronto, Peel Region and York Region because hospitals in those areas are reaching capacity. The premier did not provide further details but says the province is looking at lockdowns if case rates continue … Read more

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Face Masks Don’t Impede Breathing During Exercise, But Your Mind May Think They Will

Wearing a face mask during a workout probably won’t be the most comfortable experience in the world.  Luckily, that mask won’t be detrimental to your breathing.  That’s the conclusion of a new study by the University of California, San Diego looking at how face masks impact oxygen inhalation and carbon dioxide exhalation during exercise.  Many opposed to the use of … Read more

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Ontario Students Could Have An Extended Christmas Break – Full COVID19 Update

Ontario students may be kept out of school longer than usual in January to help slow the spread of COVID19 after the holidays. A group representing school board CEOs has proposed resuming classes virtually to allow students and staff to isolate after any potential holiday celebrations. Education Minister Stephen Lecce says he’s looking at solutions that may include some period … Read more

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Poll Finds Majority of Canadians Plan To Get Vaccinated – Full COVID19 Update

A new poll finds more and more Canadians are planning to get vaccinated for COVID 19 following the encouraging initial results from Pfizer’s vaccine trial. Still, 22 per cent say they do not intend to get the shot when it becomes available in the spring. While worrying, pollster Christian Bourque says, it does not necessarily indicate a growth in anti-vaccine … Read more

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[Breaking] Moderna Says Their COVID19 Vaccine Is 94.5% Effective

Moderna announced this morning that its COVID19 shots provide strong protection. Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from the company’s still ongoing study. A week ago, competitor Pfizer Inc. announced its own COVID19 vaccine appeared similarly effective — news that puts both companies on track to seek permission within weeks for emergency use … Read more

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Multiple Regions Moving Into New Colour Zones Today – Full COVID19 Update

Toronto moved into a modified version of Ontario’s red zone COVID19 restrictions on Saturday. But the city’s public health agency has implemented its own set of rules that are even stricter than those for red zones.  Today Hamilton, Halton and York Region will also move to the red alert level.  The development comes days after Premier Doug Ford lowered the … Read more

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Costco Updates Their Mask Policy To Require Shoppers With Medical Conditions To Wear Face Shields

Costco, which was one of the first retailers to mandate shoppers wear masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, is updating its face mask policy.  Starting Monday, Nov. 16, the wholesale club says it will require all members, guests and employees to wear a face mask or face shield with the exception of children under 2.  “Members and guests must Read more

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Newfoundland And Labrador Now Requiring A Travel Permit For Holiday Visits

If what you really wanted for Christmas were relaxed travel restrictions in Newfoundland and Labrador — the province’s public health department has a lump of coal for you. With case numbers spiking across the rest of Canada, health officials in the Atlantic province say existing restrictions must stay in place over the holidays. Anyone wishing to come to the province … Read more

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New Models Show Ontario Could Have Over 6,000 New Cases Per Day By Next Month – Full COVID19 Update

If Ontario doesn’t turn things around, the province could be counting 6,500 new cases of COVID19 every day by mid-December. This is according to harrowing new projections that public health officials released yesterday afternoon. If the growth rate is at three per cent in December, there’ll be 2,500 new daily cases at that time. But Doctor Adalsteinn Brown — one … Read more

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Celebrating Diwali in a Pandemic

Saturday is Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Millions around the world will celebrate this weekend but due to the COVID19 pandemic, many celebrations will have to be held virtually. Public Health officials have urged those celebrating Diwali to observe all public health guidelines for COVID19. That includes maintaining physical distancing, no large gatherings and only celebrating indoors with those … Read more

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Dr Tam Points Out The Numbers Are Getting Bad Quickly – Full COVID19 Update

Canada’s chief public health officer says the country is averaging more than 4,000 new COVID19 cases and 50 deaths a day for the past week. Doctor Theresa Tam says Canada’s test positivity rate has recently 5.8 per cent. She is urging Canadians to continue to follow safety measures such as handwashing, physical distancing and staying away from crowded, poorly-ventilated spaces. … Read more

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Trudeau Calls On Mayors And Premiers To Not Ease Any Restrictions – Full COVID19 Update

Prime Minister Trudeau Wants Mayors and Premiers to Crack Down:

Prime Minister Trudeau wants provincial governments to speak out if they need more help to fight the COVID19 pandemic. Trudeau says no leader should ease up on health restrictions because they’re worried about the economy. The prime minister’s plea came as Ontario reported a record number of COVID19 cases for … Read more

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Trudeau Says All Public Health Measures Remain In Place Despite Good News On A Vaccine – Full COVID19 Update

Prime Minister Trudeau says Canadians need to continue wearing masks, physically distancing from one another and keeping up proper hygiene practices, even as a drug company reports very early success with its COVID19 vaccine. Trudeau says Pfizer’s data showing a preliminary effectiveness rate of 90 per cent is encouraging, but it doesn’t help those people who catch the virus now, … Read more

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Peel Region Goes To The Red Zone As Ontario Sets A New Daily Record For COVID19 Infections – Full Update

Peel Region has brought in new COVID19 restrictions. The region’s top public health official says it’s critical that the COVID19 hot spot bring things under control. Residents of the region must only interact with members of their own households. Wedding receptions and other life event celebrations have been banned starting this coming Friday and continuing until at least January 7, … Read more

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Ontario Delivers It’s First Pandemic Budget – Full COVID19 Update

The province has tabled its largest-ever budget. Ontario says it will spend a record $187-billion-dollars this year. The province’s first budget since the start of the global health crisis shows it will spend $45-billion-dollars over the next three years to respond to the COVID19 pandemic. Thirty-billion was previously announced this year, and $15-billion in new funding will be spent over … Read more

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Ford Is Taking On The Critics Who Say It’s Too Soon To Reopen – Full COVID19 Update

Premier Ford is dismissing criticism that Ontario’s new COVID19 response system is too lenient. Health experts say the colour-coded, tiered system announced on Tuesday will lead to further community spread of the virus. But Ford questions whether those experts had read the government’s plan and insisted it will help the province respond early to virus flare ups. He added the … Read more

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Dr Tam Wants Us to Start Wearing Better Masks – Full COVID19 Update

Canada’s chief public health officer says the country has about 30,000 active cases of COVID19. Dr. Theresa Tam is making a pitch for Canadians wearing a non-medical mask to use three layers to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Tam says the fit of the mask is crucial, saying it should be pinched at the nose and must … Read more

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The GTHA Mayors Support Loosening Restrictions – Full COVID19 Update

Eleven mayors from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area say they’re in favour of safely loosening COVID19 restrictions in the province’s hot spots. In a statement, the mayors say they support the province’s efforts to come up with a plan that would allow businesses such as gyms to reopen, under the guidance of public health officials. Four regions, including … Read more

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Trump May Fire Fauci After Tomorrow’s Election – Full COVID19 Update

US President Donald Trump is suggesting he plans to fire infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci after Tuesday’s election. Speaking at a campaign rally in Florida, Trump again expressed frustration that the surging cases of the virus remain prominent in the news. That’s when the crowd started chanting “fire Fauci.” Fauci has publicly accused Trump of ignoring his … Read more

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Modelling Data Says Ontario Is Moving Away From The Worst Case Scenario – Full COVID19 Update

New Modeling Data Says Ontario is Moving Away from the Worst Case Scenario:

New modelling shows Ontario appears to be moving away from the worst case scenario during the second wave of COVID19. New projections suggest the growth of the pandemic is slowing even though community spread of the virus continues. Health officials say continuing to adopt targeted measures that … Read more

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44 COVID19 Infections Linked To A Wedding In Vaughan

York Region Public Health says at least 44 confirmed cases of COVID19 have been linked to a wedding in Vaughan. The local health unit said over 100 people attended the wedding that took place at the Avani Event Centre, in the area of Jane Street and Langstaff Road, on Oct. 14 and Oct. 18. Of the cases, five are in … Read more

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Ontario To Release Encouraging New Modelling Data Today – Full COVID19 Update

New Modelling Data is Coming Soon and it Looks Good:

Premier Ford says the province hasn’t flattened the curve in the second wave of the COVID19 pandemic but it’s moving in the right direction. Ford says new coronavirus modelling being released today will show the curve is sloping down just a little bit. The previous projections, released late last month, … Read more

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Canadians Can Go to the Caribbean Again – Special Packages Available For Those In The Atlantic Bubble Only

Some Canadians will have a chance to escape the cold this winter, even amid the global pandemic. A Halifax travel agency is offering two, weeklong trips to Cuba reserved exclusively for residents of the Atlantic Canada bubble. The agency says a hotel in Cayo Coco, Cuba, will be reserved exclusively for Atlantic Canadian travellers during their stay. They warn that … Read more

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We Will Know Next Week If the Pfizer Vaccine Works – Full COVID19 Update

Drugmaker Pfizer, one of the leaders in the race to develop a COVID19 vaccine, is tweaking its timeline for when it will know if its experimental two-dose shot works. Pfizer executives had expected data from their 44,000 person international study would show by Saturday how well it prevents coronavirus infections. But on a conference call to discuss the company’s third-quarter … Read more

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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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