Ontario may soon accept critical COVID-19 patients from Saskatchewan since the western province’s hospitals are over capacity. Saskatchewan Health Authority’s CEO says that the province is preparing air ambulance flights. Transfers to Ontario could likely happen this week, but that depends on the admissions to Saskatchewan’s intensive care units. On Tuesday, Saskatchewan had 114 people in its ICUs _ just two patients shy of the designated threshold to start sending ICU patients out of province.
The Toronto Zoo Will Require Vaccinations To Protect The Animals:
The Toronto Zoo says all visitors and members will have to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 starting later this month. The zoo says the new policy will take effect on October 25th. It says the move builds on its policy requiring all staff and volunteers to be fully immunized by October 30th. The organization says it has a responsibility to ensure the safety of all staff, visitors and animals.
We are continuously reviewing our health and safety policies in order to provide a safe and healthy environment for our staff, guests, and animals.
Starting Oct 25, 2021, we will implement a site-wide mandatory vaccine policy for all guests, members contractors, and vendors. pic.twitter.com/QwEJKxImVs
— The Toronto Zoo (@TheTorontoZoo) October 13, 2021
More Hospitals To Require Visitors To Be Vaccinated:
Several Ontario hospitals say they are bringing in mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for visitors to provide the safest environment possible for patients. The University Health Network in Toronto says visitors will need to provide proof of full vaccination starting October 22nd followed by Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga and west Toronto three days later. The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance says it will require family and caregivers to be fully vaccinated starting November 1st. Trillium and Huron Perth will provide exceptions for partners of patients in labour and delivery, patients at the end of life, pediatric patients and those in the emergency department.
Quebec Caves And Gives Hospital Staff More Time To Get Vaccinated:
With 14,000 health care workers who still aren’t fully vaccinated, Quebec is pushing back its vaccine deadline from this Friday to November 15th. Health Minister Christian Dube says it would be irresponsible to stick to the deadline, because the risk of labour shortages is too high in a system that is already short-staffed. Starting Monday, all unvaccinated public sector health-care workers in the public sector will be tested for COVID-19 at least three times a week.
The Situation in Saskatchewan Grows More Dire:
Saskatchewan is on the verge of activating its triage protocol, which means doctors may soon have to decide who receives intensive care and who does not. 79 of the 114 people in ICUs across the province as of Tuesday afternoon had COVID-19. Saskatchewan is about five patients away from having a 150 per cent surge capacity in its ICU’s — a number that would trigger the province to activate its triage protocol.
More Road Test Centres Opening Up:
The province is opening temporary driver’s road testing centres in Ottawa, Sarnia and Niagara Falls next Monday as part of efforts to reduce a massive backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary DriveTest centres in Ottawa and Niagara Falls will offer G-2 road tests seven days a week between 7am and 6pm, while the one in Sarnia will initially operate on weekdays before expanding hours next month. Online bookings for appointments at all three centres opens today. Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney says the province is making progress in clearing the backlog of road tests by opening temporary test centres, extending hours and hiring 251 temporary examiners.
To continue clearing the backlog of in-vehicle passenger road tests, we are opening three more temporary road test centres next Monday, October 18 🚗
Locations include Ottawa, Niagara Falls, and Sarnia, and tests can be booked beginning tomorrow at https://t.co/HWmqwRHJSp. pic.twitter.com/HydFZvVIed
— Caroline Mulroney (@C_Mulroney) October 13, 2021
Ontario Opening More Long Term Care Homes:
The Ontario government says it’s building two new long-term care homes adjacent to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital for a total of 640 residents. The province says the new homes are expected to open by 2025 and will offer culturally appropriate services to members of the Hindu and Sikh communities. It says the new homes are being built under its initiative to sell unused government land on the condition that a portion of the site be used for long-term care. The province says a conditional agreement of purchase and sale with Schlegel Villages is expected to be finalized by early next year.
Sarnia Mayor On The Border Reopening:
The mayor of Sarnia is welcoming the US announcement that it’s re-opening its land border with Canada to non-essential travel next month. But Mike Bradley says he doesn’t expect there will be a flood of day trippers heading to the US because of concerns about looser public health measures and higher COVID-19 case counts in places like Michigan. Bradley adds Canada made a mistake when it re-opened its border to fully vaccinated, non-essential travellers from the U-S four months ago without a reciprocal agreement with the Americans. He says it’s a good thing it’s happening now but more details are needed to ensure people can safely go back and forth between the two countries.
Yesterday Ontario reported its lowest number of daily new COVID-19 cases since early August. The province says there are 306 new infections recorded, including 202 in people who are not fully vaccinated or whose vaccination status isn’t known. There were also 12 new deaths reported but it is not clear if all of those deaths were recent or previously unreported. There are 153 people in intensive care units because of COVID-19.
In Ontario, 22,119,312 vaccine doses have been administered. 87.1% of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and 82.5% have two doses.
242 people are hospitalized with #COVID19. 209 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 33 are fully vaccinated.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) October 13, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
Only 9 new cases were reported yesterday by Waterloo Region Public Health. The number of active cases has now dropped to 117. There were no new deaths and currently there are 8 people hospitalized.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health only had 4 new cases to report yesterday. There are now 61 active cases and 5 people hospitalized.
🚨179 doses until 90% of eligible residents have at least one dose! If you still need a first dose, get one TODAY and help us hit this next milestone:
—The Boardwalk open until 2:15 p.m.
—Cambridge Pinebush open until 6 p.m.
—Mobile vaccination bus at Fairway Station until 4 p.m. https://t.co/bpwjuZfbKC pic.twitter.com/qejdNYvxif
— Region of Waterloo Public Health (@ROWPublicHealth) October 13, 2021
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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