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 have been shuttered in the province’s virus hot spots for months.
Effective March 29, Ontario is permitting OUTDOOR fitness classes, training for team and individual sports, and OUTDOOR personal training for regions in Grey-Lockdown, subject to public health and workplace safety measures including max. 10 patrons.https://t.co/ptAdLXVKQ1 pic.twitter.com/17Zyz8wg1b
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) March 28, 2021
Here are Premier Ford’s remarks from Friday:
Hamilton Has Entered Lockdown:
Today Hamilton will move to the strictest level of the province’s COVID-19 framework. The city will enter the Grey-Lockdown zone, which prohibits indoor dining and limits retail capacity to 25 per cent. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit will also move to the second-strictest Red-Control level today.
Effective March 29 at 12:01 a.m., @cityofhamilton is moving to Grey-Lockdown under the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. Learn about the #PublicHealth measures you need to follow at: https://t.co/aOnrOGQMSc pic.twitter.com/2qJmnd94CE
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) March 28, 2021
Ontario Vaccine Update:
Ten more public health units are lowering the minimum age for vaccine appointments today. The regions — including Hamilton, Halton, Peel and Ottawa — will allow those 70 years and older to book their shots through the provincial system. The minimum age remains 75 in much of the province. Meanwhile, a drive-thru vaccination site at Canada’s Wonderland theme park and two more mass vaccination sites in Toronto will open today.
#HaltonON residents aged 70+ can now book their #COVID19 vaccine appointment through our online booking system. If you or someone you know meets the eligibility criteria, please book your appointment online: https://t.co/QS0tprOx5a pic.twitter.com/5K6fH9WyXE
— Halton Region (@RegionofHalton) March 26, 2021
Lots of Doses of Vaccines Are Coming This Week:
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 to send a combined 2.7 million doses this week.
👉🏽🇨🇦 has had more than 6M doses delivered to date.
👉🏽An added 3.2M doses are set to arrive this week:
➕1.5M AstraZeneca doses via US
➕590,400 Moderna doses
➕1.2M Pfizer doses
👉🏽 6M vaccines are set to arrive in the next 3 weeks – the same # received in the past 3 months. pic.twitter.com/kRdkoax4sM
— Anita Anand (@AnitaOakville) March 28, 2021
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 of all new cases in Ontario.
As Ontario's 3rd wave of #COVID19 worsens, the province's critical care appears to be reaching saturation. If ICU admissions rise as expected, hospitals will face extreme pressure to ensure equitable access to lifesaving critical care. https://t.co/5z2OEM5SSf #onhealth #onpoli pic.twitter.com/qc9pWhTDIC
— Ont. Hospital Assoc. (@OntHospitalAssn) March 26, 2021
Atlantic Canada Update:
The provinces of Atlantic Canada reported a combined nine new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. Health officials say six of the new infections were in New Brunswick — all but one in the Edmundston area. Nova Scotia counted two new cases — both in the province’s central zone. Newfoundland and Labrador reported one new case — a man in his 40s who was infected while travelling in Canada.
Border Communities Still Suffering:
More than a year after the Canada-US border was closed to most travellers, communities nearby are facing unique challenges. David Carlson, reeve for Emerson-Franklin in southern Manitoba, says it will mean a lot to his border community when it reopens — but they want that decision to be a cautious one. Jim Willett, the mayor of Coutts, Alberta, says the prolonged closure has had a negative economic impact on his border community. However, he adds that it’s also brought people closer together.
Outbreak Declared at Brock University:
Niagara Region’s public health unit has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Brock University. The health unit says 12 cases are linked to an outbreak in the university’s student residences. It says Brock has moved some in-person classes online until at least April 5th. It also says that some on-campus common areas have temporarily closed. Public health officials say the outbreak seems to be related to students’ social activities over the last week.
#BrockU continues to take the steps necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19 within its on-campus student residences.
— Brock University (@BrockUniversity) March 26, 2021
The WHO Report on China is Delayed:
A much-delayed report on the origins of COVID-19 is due out shortly. The study, which was conducted jointly by the World Health Organization and China, found four possible scenarios for the emergence of the virus named SARS-CoV-2. Topping the list is transmission from bat to human through a second animal, which the study says was likely to very likely. The report, however, also says the evolutionary distance between the bat virus and SARS-CoV-2 is estimated to be several decades, suggesting a missing link.
Looking for a Silver Lining:
New research suggests while Canadians feel COVID-19 will have negative consequences on mental health, it will be good for public mask use after the pandemic. University of Saskatchewan researcher Jason Disano is behind a new survey that looks at how Canadians expect the virus to impact their lives in the long-term. People surveyed reported feeling pessimistic about the virus’s impacts on the economy and children’s education but optimistic about online shopping and where they can work.
Just shy of 5,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported across Ontario this weekend. Yesterday alone it was 2,448 new cases and 19 new deaths. Heading into this week there are 917 people across the province hospitalized with COVID-19. 366 are in the ICU and 217 people are on ventilators.
Ontario is reporting 2,448 cases of #COVID19 and over 50,200 tests completed. Locally, there are 780 new cases in Toronto, 356 in Peel, 278 in York Region, 219 in Durham and 150 in Ottawa.
As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 1,981,282 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) March 28, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
Region of Waterloo Public Health announced 58 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. That’s in addition to the 59 new cases on Saturday. Heading into this week there are 21 people being treated in hospital with seven in intensive care. The number of active cases is back above three hundred and now sits at 301 to start the new week. There were no new deaths and no new outbreaks declared over the weekend.
Public Health of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph doesn’t report weekend numbers. On Friday they had 14 new cases. There are now 131 active cases with 5 patients in hospital and 2 in the ICU.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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