The Ontario Hospital Association and two long-term care associations are applauding the announcement that all long-term care staff must be vaccinated, but say it should go further. Long-Term Care Minister Rod Phillips says all in-home staff, support workers, students and volunteers must be vaccinated by November 15th — previously unvaccinated staff just had to get regular testing. The Ontario Long-Term Care Association and AdvantAge Ontario, which represents not-for-profit and municipal homes, say the policy should be applied across the health-care sector. AdvantAge Ontario CEO Lisa Levin says if someone working in long-term care refuses to get vaccinated, they could just go work elsewhere in the health-care system.
New Restrictions For Indoor Sports:
Local Ontario health units are strengthening vaccination rules for people involved with indoor organized sports. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit says coaches, officials and volunteers must prove they are immunized against COVID-19 starting today. The rules go further than those laid out by the province, which require patrons but not workers to prove they are vaccinated against the virus. Top doctors for seven northern Ontario health units have issued similar vaccination rules for indoor sports.
Peel Staff Facing Abuse:
Peel Region says staff at its COVID-19 clinics are facing increasing levels of abuse. The region that covers Brampton and Mississauga links the rise in abusive behaviour to Ontario’s recent requirement that people show proof of immunization to access certain venues, such as bars and gyms. It’s asking that people be kind, compassionate and respectful to frontline workers.
A Demotion For a Ford Parliamentary Secretary:
One of Premier Ford’s caucus members has been stripped of her parliamentary assistant role for misrepresenting her COVID-19 vaccination status. Government house leader Paul Calandra says Lindsey Park, who represents Durham, will no longer serve as parliamentary assistant to the attorney general. Ford has said that all members of his Progressive Conservative caucus must be vaccinated, and he removed longtime Chatham-Kent-Leamington representative Rick Nicholls for refusing to get vaccinated. However, Calandra says Park will remain in caucus because she has provided a medical exemption.
Military Nurses Are Heading to Alberta:
Canadian Armed Forces nurses will assist in Alberta hospitals as the province deals with an overwhelmed health system in the fourth wave of COVID-19. Public Safety Canada also says the Canadian Red Cross is planning to provide up to 20 medical professionals, some with intensive care experience, to augment or relieve existing staff working in Alberta’s hospitals. The province’s health delivery agency has had to scramble and reassign staff to handle the surge of intensive care patients far above the normal capacity of 173 beds.
As Alberta faces a devastating fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be there for Albertans and have approved the deployment of up to 8 @CanadianForces critical care nurses and up to 20 @redcrosscanada medical professionals to support the province’s healthcare system.
— Bill Blair (@BillBlair) October 3, 2021
Strippers Want Restrictions Lifted:
The strippers’ group Work Safe Twerk Safe is going to court today to try to get Ontario’s pandemic restrictions on their workplaces declared unconstitutional. The group filed an application for judicial review last year after the province ordered all strip clubs closed, citing COVID-19 risks. It says that violated the strippers’ charter rights and that they were never consulted about re-opening plans or offered any supports, leaving them in a precarious position.
Winnipeg Is Going with Year-Round Patios:
How about a nice hot tottie on a patio during winter in Winnipeg? The city’s council has begun accepting temporary winter patio applications, allowing eligible businesses to open patios from November through the end of March. Mayor Brian Bowman calls the temporary winter patio program a way for the city to work with the restaurant industry to create opportunities to increase business.
PEI Introduces a Vaccine Passport:
The government in Prince Edward Island is planning to follow the lead of a growing number of other provinces by introducing a vaccine passport this week. Starting as a paper document, the certification will, by the end of October, utilize a scannable QR code that’s free for businesses to use. Some businesses are expressing concerns over staffing, enforcement and the short time frame to implement the passport system. But Robert Godfrey, CEO of the Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, says that overall businesses support the policy.
Israel Changes The Vax-Pass Rules To Include Booster Shot:
Israel has restricted its COVID Green Pass to allow only those who have received a vaccine booster dose or recently recuperated from coronavirus to enter indoor events. Under the new guidelines, people eligible for a green pass — a kind of digital vaccination passport — must have received a booster shot. Those who’ve received two doses, or have recovered from coronavirus, are only eligible for six months after the date of their vaccination or recovery.
Yesterday the province reported 580 new COVID-19 cases and 2 new deaths. Hospitalizations dropped by 130 patients in one day, down to 144 patients. There are an additional 163 patients in the ICU. As of yesterday, 86.45% of the eligible population in Ontario has received at least 1 dose of vaccine.
In Ontario, 21,870,930 vaccine doses have been administered. Nearly 86.5% of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and 81.3% have two doses.
144 people are hospitalized with #COVID19, and 163 people are in ICU due to COVID-19. Please note that not all hospitals report on weekends.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) October 3, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
Waterloo Region Public Health reported just 10 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and a new death. The local death toll now sits at 300 since the pandemic began. There are now 180 active cases with 9 people in hospital.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health does not publish numbers on weekends.
Need your vaccine receipt for proof of vaccination?
🟩Green health card: Log into Ontario's portal https://t.co/r5qcHdR0Tn
🟥Red and white health card: Call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre 1-833-943-3090
✖️No health card: Call our Service First Call Centre 519-514-1499 pic.twitter.com/UsEPq2kydx
— Region of Waterloo Public Health (@ROWPublicHealth) October 1, 2021
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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