In Brazil Some Patients Are Being Intubated Without Sedatives Because They Are Low On Drugs

Reports are emerging of Brazilian health workers forced to insert tubes into patients without the aid of sedatives. This as hospitals and state governments have run out of critical medicines in some areas. One doctor in Rio de Janeiro told The Associated Press that since its stock of sedatives ran out, nurses and doctors have been using neuromuscular blockers and … Read more

More Vaccine Delays Mean Some Clinics Will Stay Closed Until Monday – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford says a thrice-delayed shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is to blame for the shutdown of some immunization clinics in Toronto. Ford says the province can’t plan properly if doesn’t know when vaccines are coming through the production lines. The Scarborough Health Network had closed two clinics but says they will re-open when a new shipment of vaccines … Read more

Schools Will Not Reopen Next Week – Full COVID-19 Update

The Provincial government is reversing course and cancelling all in-class instruction in Ontario schools after this week’s Spring Break. Premier Ford says students will move to online learning next week because of the high risk posed by community spread of COVID-19. No timeline has been set for when students might resume in-class instruction — with Ford saying that will be … Read more

Ontario COVID Patients Can Now Be Moved to Other Hospitals Without Consent – Full Update

The province is taking emergency action to try to deal with the surging number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients being admitted to hospital. The government has issued two emergency orders — one to allow hospitals to transfer patients without their consent and the other to redeploy home-care workers to the facilities. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the third wave, fueled … Read more

Small Businesses Desperately Need Help From The Government – Full COVID-19 Update

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says the province needs to do more to help small businesses survive the latest stay at home order. It’s calling on the province to allow appointment-based sales and service limited to one customer at a time during the month-long lockdown. Under the new rules, only stores that sell goods such as groceries, cleaning supplies … Read more

Explaining The New Stay At Home Order

Ontario is headed into another stay-at-home order.  This means everyone must stay home except for essential reasons. These include heading into work where there is no option to work remotely, heading into school, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, using health care services (including getting vaccinated), or heading outside to exercise.

Along with the stay-at-home order comes new restrictions … Read more

Ontario Identifies Hot Spot Regions To Prioritize For Vaccinations – Full COVID-19 Update

13 Ontario Public Health units have been deemed hot spots by the province which means they can expect to see an influx of COVID-19 vaccines. Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Niagara, Ottawa, Peel, Simcoe-Muskoka, Southwestern, Toronto, Waterloo Region, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, Windsor-Essex, and York Region can now move to phase 2 of vaccinating. Many more essential frontline workers are included in phase 2, including … Read more

Schools In Peel And Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Ordered Shut Down By Public Health

Schools in Peel Region are closed for in-person learning starting today. Dr. Lawrence Loh, the region’s medical officer of health, has ordered schools in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga to move classes online. The closure will remain in place until April 18 and Loh says it may be extended if necessary. The top doctor in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph public health unit has … Read more

The Hotspots Now Want The Rest Of Ontario Under A Stay-At-Home Order – Full COVID-19 Update

Top doctors in three Ontario virus hot spots want the province to impose tougher restrictions. Chief medical officers of health for Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa have written to their provincial counterpart recommending a stay-at-home order. They asked Dr. David Williams to move schools online in regions dealing with significant COVID-19 outbreaks. The Ontario Medical Association is also calling for … Read more

For Some Reason A Drive-Thru Dinosaur Experience Is Closed As Part Of The Provincial Shutdown

It’s a move that has a lot of people here in the Region shaking their heads.  Bingemans has been forced to temporarily close their Dino-Drive-In experience because of the Provincial shutdown. Despite visitors remaining in their own vehicles and having virtually no contact with staff, the drive-thru attraction is apparently not allowed to open. Refunds are available for anyone who … Read more

Ford To Announce A Province Wide Lockdown Starting Saturday – Full COVID-19 Update

Multiple reports say today Premier Ford will announce a province-wide lockdown, lasting a month. Internal government sources told Global News that all regions of Ontario will move into the Grey Zone starting at 12:01am on Saturday. It will mean that restaurants are shutting down for in-person service and will only be able to offer takeout and delivery. Essential retail stores … Read more

Spring Break Is Still On

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says spring break in the province’s schools will go ahead as scheduled for the week of April 12th. Lecce says the government continues to follow advice from the province’s top doctor and the break originally set for March will not be postponed again. He adds safety protocols will be stepped up when students and staff return … Read more

AstraZeneca No Longer Recommended For Those Under 55 – Full COVID-19 Update

Multiple provinces are suspending their use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in younger patients. The National Advisory Committee on Immunizations is recommending against administering the shot in anyone under the age of 55. However, the vaccine regulators are not pulling AstraZeneca’s approval in Canada, although the committee says regulatory changes could still be made. Health Canada is demanding the drugmaker … Read more

Dr. Fauci Claims He Gave The Go-Ahead For COVID Vaccine And Gives No Credit To Trump’s Operation Warp Speed

Dr. Anthony Fauci has appeared to claim credit for the decision to quickly develop vaccines against COVID-19, in remarks that are sure to anger Donald Trump.  Fauci made the comment in an interview with CNN for a special last night, diving into the details of America’s pandemic response.  “When I saw what happened in New York City, almost over-running Read more

OHA Claims ICU Capacity Is Reaching Critical Level

A hospital group says Ontario’s intensive-care capacity is reaching a critical level. The Ontario Hospital Association says the number of severely ill patients is approaching a previous peak. The record for ICU patients being treated in Ontario hospitals for COVID-19 is 420 people. This comes as provincial health officials say more contagious variants of the virus now make up half … Read more

Several Million More Vaccines Are On The Way

More Canadians may soon be getting their COVID-19 vaccinations as health officials across the country prepare for the single-largest week of vaccine shipments since the start of the pandemic. Moderna is playing catch-up, sending 600,000 shots this Thursday — part of a shipment of 846,000 that was due last week. The other two approved vaccines, Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca, are expected … Read more

Restrictions Are A Little Lighter In The Grey Zone Starting Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Hair salons and outdoor fitness classes are being allowed to reopen in Ontario regions under lockdown. The province will allow gyms to offer outdoor fitness classes, training and personal training in regions under Grey zone restrictions as of today. Personal care services like hair and nail salons can open with capacity limits starting April 12th. Personal care services and gyms … Read more

Bill Gates Predicts That The World Won’t Return To Normal Until The End Of 2022

Bill Gates said the world won’t return to normal, with no traces of the COVID-19 pandemic, until the end of 2022.   The billionaire philanthropist made the prediction yesterday during an interview with Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza and television broadcaster TVN24.   “This is an incredible tragedy.  We can measure the economic cost but we probably can’t even measure the loss Read more

Ontario’s Scientific Advisory Task Force Is Calling For New Restrictions – Full COVID-19 Update

The head of Ontario’s scientific advisory task force is calling for tighter COVID-19 restrictions to curb the spread of more contagious variants. Dr. Peter Juni says the provincial government needs to impose measures similar to the shutdown seen when the pandemic hit last year. Juni says even the strictest level of the province’s current pandemic framework isn’t enough to reduce … Read more

The Provincial Budget Was Loaded with New Spending – Full COVID-19 Update

Yesterday the province unveiled a $186-billion dollar budget that was loaded with new spending. Some of the highlights include another $6.7 billion for pandemic-related measures. That includes $1 billion to vaccinate everyone and $2.3 billion for testing and contact tracing. There will also be another round of business grants to assist with pandemic expenses and job training. There will be … Read more

Pfizer Launches First Clinical Trial Of A Pill To Treat COVID-19 That Prevents The Virus From Making Copies Of Itself

Pfizer has launched early-stage human trials of an experimental oral drug that could be prescribed to patients at the first sign of infection with COVID-19.  The drug maker, which developed the first authorized COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. with Germany’s BioNTech SE, said the antiviral candidate showed potent activity against the virus in lab studies.  Pfizer’s candidate, which is called … Read more

Krispy Kreme Will Give You A Free Doughnut Every Day This Year If You’ve Been Vaccinated

Krispy Kreme is giving free doughnuts to anyone with proof of COVID vaccination, all year long.   Starting yesterday, any customer with a valid COVID-19 vaccination card will receive a free Original Glazed doughnut at participating locations nationwide. The iconic doughnut shop specifies that any guests who have received at least one of the two shots of the Moderna or … Read more

Ontario is Pumping Over $1 Billion More Into Hospitals – Full COVID-19 Update

The provincial government says it’s providing more than $1.2-billion dollars in additional funding to support public hospitals during the pandemic. Premier Ford says the funding will help hospitals recover from financial pressures created and worsened by the costs of caring for COVID-19 patients. Nearly $700-million dollars will be allocated to help cover historic working fund deficits for qualifying public hospitals. … Read more

New Report: COVID-19 Vaccines Alone Won’t End The Pandemic

The world is waiting for the coronavirus pandemic to just be over already.   Unfortunately, a new report by researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center says that mass vaccinations alone won’t control or end the pandemic.  Instead, they say protecting against the spread of both symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 infections is the true key to ending the pandemic. Asymptomatic cases in … Read more

Ford Throws Restaurants A Lifeline As More Regions Change Colour – Full COVID-19 Update

More Regions Changing Colour:

A number of regions move to different restriction levels today in Ontario’s colour-coded pandemic response framework. The Brant, Chatham-Kent and Leeds, Grenville and Lanark regions are now in the red zone — the second-most restrictive, while Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph is now in orange. Four others — Timiskaming, Porcupine, North Bay Parry Sound and Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & … Read more

Ontario’s Science Advisors Claim We Are In A Third Wave – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s science advisers say the province is now experiencing a third wave of COVID-19. The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table says that more transmissible virus variants of concern account for almost half of new cases and are driving growth. The group provides independent advice and analysis to the province. It says almost two thirds of Ontario’s public health units are … Read more

The Provincial Vaccination Portal Launches Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford says the province’s COVID-19 vaccine booking system is ready to launch. It will start taking appointments from residents 80 or older starting today at 8am. Ford says it’s crucial that only eligible residents make use of the system. Retired General Rick Hillier, who heads Ontario’s vaccine distribution task force, says tests of the online vaccine portal have gone … Read more

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