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

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 have been shuttered in the province’s virus hot spots for months.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ontario Numbers:

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.

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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