Ontario’s education minister says about 80 per cent of school staff have attested to being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That is roughly the percentage of vaccination seen in the eligible population provincewide. The government has said employers in settings considered high-risk for COVID-19, including schools and hospitals, need to have workers immunized against the virus or regularly tested for it before coming to work. Some organizations, such as the Toronto District School Board and some hospitals, have enacted tougher policies that include possible termination. There were 146 new school-related cases reported yesterday, including 11 in staff members. 5 schools are currently closed due to outbreaks. Green party leader Mike Schreiner says an 80 per cent vaccination rate is not good enough when children under 12 can’t be vaccinated themselves.
Every child is better off learning in-class with their friends and educators by their side.
Thanks to parents, students, and educators for this partnership 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/RtjaauqL3w
— Stephen Lecce (@Sflecce) October 4, 2021
Is Trudeau Considering Mandatory Vaccination For Every Worker In Canada?
There’s word senior federal officials were told in the spring that the government could make it mandatory for all workers nationwide to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Trudeau Liberals promised to bring in mandatory vaccination requirements for federally regulated workers in the summer. Those workers account for less than one-tenth of all workers in Canada, with the remainder falling under provincial labour laws. Internal documents say the federal government could consider making the COVID-19 vaccines a so-called “national interest item.” The next step after that would be to either work with provinces and territories on a set of guidelines, or develop their own.
Dr Tam Hasn’t Had Any Luck Convincing The World To Recognize Mixed Vaccines:
The Public Health Agency of Canada says it’s working with other governments still skeptical about allowing Canadians with mixed vaccines to come in without quarantining. Several countries, including the US, only recognize people with two identical doses of an approved vaccine as being fully vaccinated. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, says Canada has been particularly active in spreading information about the effectiveness of mixing the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot with mRNA vaccines like Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
2/2 As we cover this last stretch to build up the vaccination firewall & reach very high vaccine coverage across all eligible age groups, it’s important to maintain vigilance with public health measures & #WashMaskSpace! #EveryShotCounts
— Dr. Theresa Tam (@CPHO_Canada) October 4, 2021
New Brunswick Closes More Schools:
Another sharp jump in COVID-19 cases in New Brunswick is forcing more than a dozen schools to close. The growing number of closures follows reports on the weekend indicating the province’s latest surge in infections is showing no signs of letting up. As of Sunday the province was dealing with 759 active cases, which is more than triple the number in neighbouring Nova Scotia.
Alberta Showing Signs of Improvement Already:
Alberta’s daily COVID-19 infections averaged over 1,300 a day from Friday to Sunday, with another 21 deaths. But there is a slight three-per-cent drop in the number of critically ill COVID patients in hospital compared to last week. Alberta Health Services says there are 298 patients in intensive care wards, most with the infection. The province has been scrambling for weeks to create makeshift intensive care beds to accommodate thousands of new COVID patients.
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— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) September 30, 2021
Manitoba Infections Are Rising Again:
Manitoba health officials say the province’s rate of COVID-19 infections is going up. The province announced 83 new cases yesterday, and chief public health officer Doctor Brent Roussin says the test positivity rate is up especially in the southern health region. New rules, announced Friday, will take effect today that impose lower caps on gatherings where unvaccinated people are in attendance.
Ontario reported 511 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, along with two new virus-related deaths. There are now 159 patients in intensive care units, though not all hospitals report those statistics on the weekends. Much of the vaccination data about hospitalized patients was unavailable due to a technical issue. The province noted that more than 86 per cent of eligible Ontarians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
In Ontario, there are 511 new cases of COVID-19.
146 people are hospitalized with #COVID19, and 159 people are in ICU due to COVID-19. Please note that not all hospitals report on weekends.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) October 4, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
Public Health of Waterloo Region confirmed just 11 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. There were n o new deaths. The number of active cases dropped down to 176. Hospitalizations are down to 7 patients.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health announced 35 new cases yesterday, from the whole weekend. There are now 7 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and the number of active cases is back below 100, sitting at 74.
Safe schools depends on us all. That’s why it’s important to keep following public health measures to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading to school-aged children. Wear a mask, physical distance and practice good hand hygiene. pic.twitter.com/xdnnBkXnr3
— WDG Public Health (@WDGPublicHealth) October 1, 2021
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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