Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott is thanking Dr. David Williams for his leadership in the province’s COVID-19 response. The province’s chief medical officer of health heads into retirement next month. The government will introduce a motion in the legislature today to appoint Dr. Kieran Moore, who has a long record in public health and emergency medicine. He will work alongside Williams for a few weeks to ensure a smooth transition ahead of the June 26th changeover. Critics have taken aim at Williams for his communication style. They have also questioned his ability to stand up to Premier Doug Ford.
NEW: Ontario officially announces that Dr. David Williams is retiring on June 25, and Dr. Kieran Moore will replace him as Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (he starts June 7) #onpoli pic.twitter.com/S2IOnZ4Rcl
— Laura Stone (@l_stone) May 30, 2021
Ford Says No To Healthcare Workers Attending Tonight’s Leafs’ Game:
The province has refused a suggestion that tonight’s game 7 between the Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens be open to fully vaccinated healthcare workers. The suggestion came from multiple calls on the After 9 Podcast and on social media to allow overworked healthcare workers, who have received both doses of vaccine, the opportunity to watch history tonight at Scotiabank Arena in person. On Saturday the Bell Centre allowed 2,500 fans in their building to watch game 6. The Ontario government has denied this request and tonight’s game will once again be played without any fans in attendance. Ontario is under a stay-at-home order until tomorrow.
It’s time we thank our healthcare heroes & essential workers.
I’m asking Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health to allow 2,500 fully vaccinated essential workers to attend game 7 of the Leafs v Habs series.#GoLeafsGo #Hockey4Heroes sign the petition at https://t.co/KiJf17ariB pic.twitter.com/UQuVw8hoTd
— Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownont) May 30, 2021
Lots More Vaccines Are Coming This Week:
Canada’s main weapon in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is getting a supply boost. Pfizer and BioNTech say they will be shipping 2.4-million doses of their vaccine this week. That’s 400,000 more shots than last week’s shipment. Moderna will also be sending two shipments this week totalling 500,000 doses. The good news comes as the provinces reported administering another 315,187 vaccinations yesterday.
📢🇨🇦 is confirmed to receive nearly 3M doses this week📢
📈Min. of 2.4M vaccines / week arriving every week in June
📈26M+ doses distributed to date
🇨🇦 is well on the way to receive vaccines for eligible Canadians to have 1 dose by 🇨🇦 Day w/ 2nd doses continuing to accelerate. pic.twitter.com/0Hyw7Xr521
— Anita Anand (@AnitaOakville) May 30, 2021
Seniors Getting Their Second Shot:
Some of Ontario’s oldest residents will be able to get their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine a little sooner than expected, starting this week. The province is offering those 80 and older the chance to move up their appointment to get the second shot, to just four weeks after their first shot was administered. Previously, Ontario residents had to wait 16 weeks between appointments. Those 70 and older will see their interval shortened in mid-June, and after that, residents will become eligible for second doses based on when they received their first shot.
Ontario has developed an anticipated schedule to accelerate second doses based on supply. Individuals turning 80+ in 2021 will be eligible to book their second dose appointment expected to begin on May 31, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. https://t.co/QP0ihOD9jN pic.twitter.com/twCtDv4elL
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) May 28, 2021
It’s Time For The Government To Make A Decision On Pro Sports Travel Exemptions:
The NHL is lobbying the federal government to gain a travel exemption for its players during the third and final rounds of the playoffs. A two-week quarantine is currently required for all non-essential travellers entering Canada. The winner of Monday’s Game 7 between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will face the Winnipeg Jets in the North Division final. The winner of the all-Canadian division will face one of three American division winners in the league semi-finals.
The Canadian Return To Work Rollout:
A new survey suggests Canadians are in no rush to head back to the office post-pandemic. A poll by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies has found that 82 per cent of respondents who have worked from home during the pandemic have found the experience to be positive. Only 20 per cent want to return to the office every day. Nineteen per cent say they never want to go back. The data comes as several provinces start easing pandemic restrictions as COVID-19 cases and deaths decline.
COVID-19 related hospitalizations continue to decline in Alberta — as does the number of active cases. Official numbers say there were 446 people in hospital on Sunday — down from the previous day’s 478. As for active case numbers — that has plummeted from more than 14,000 just a week ago to 8,073. That includes the latest batch of 391 new infections Sunday. Still, five more people lost their fight with the coronavirus.
Another milestone reached – Alberta’s COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped below 500. This decline in the number of people in hospital due to COVID-19 shows that Albertans’ efforts to stick to guidelines and to get vaccinated are paying off. https://t.co/QU8WGvapsh
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) May 30, 2021
Yesterday the province announced just 1,033 new COVID-19 cases and 18 new deaths. 26,600 tests were processed in the 24-hour period. Both Toronto and Peel Region had less than 300 new cases each. Hospitalization metrics continued to improve with 185 less in hospital overall; 12 less in the ICU and 21 less on a ventilator. 2,067 more cases were marked as resolved.
Ontario is reporting 1,033 cases of #COVID19 and nearly 26,600 tests completed. Locally, there are 237 new cases in Toronto, 214 in Peel and 80 in York Region.
As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 8,984,278 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) May 30, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
39 new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday by Waterloo Region Public Health, but no new deaths. On Saturday there were 59 new cases. Hospitalizations in the Region remain at 23. The number of active dropped by another 23 cases, down to 339.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health still does not report numbers on the weekends. On Friday they had 20 new cases. Heading into this week there are 204 active cases and 19 people in hospital.
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— WDG Public Health (@WDGPublicHealth) May 28, 2021
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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