Peel Region’s top doctor says it’s unfortunate that some international travellers arriving at Toronto’s Pearson airport are refusing to comply with new quarantine rules. Peel Regional Police say several travellers have refused to follow the order requiring a three-day quarantine in a designated hotel. They say some cases were resolved in discussions with officers but other travellers were fined $880-dollars under Ontario regulations. Peel Region’s medical officer of health, Dr. Lawrence Loh, is reminding people that the rules are there to limit the spread of COVID-19 and more contagious variants.
— Travelweek (@TravelweekGroup) February 24, 2021
Some Will Be Waiting A Very Long Time For Their COVID Vaccine:
Ontario has laid out a firmer timeline for administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors living outside care homes. Residents who are 80 and older will be eligible for shots starting the third week of March, with age limits decreasing in five-year increments until those 60 and over are eligible starting in July. Bookings for vaccinations will be done online and through a service desk, which will become available on March 15th. The head of the province’s vaccine rollout, retired General Rick Hillier, did not provide details on when residents younger than 60 could expect a vaccine.
Here is yesterday’s update from the Premier:
The Opposition is Being Critical Again:
The opposition parties say the Ford government is botching the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines for seniors. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says it’s terrifying that vaccinations won’t begin until mid-March for those 80 and older given the recent loosening of COVID-19 restrictions. Liberal health critic John Fraser says the government seems unprepared for the broader distribution of vaccines and provided no specifics when announcing timelines yesterday. The head of the vaccine task force says the province will take advantage of offers to deliver shots at pharmacies, mass vaccination sites and mobile units when the time comes.
A COVID Compliance Officer Has Been Charged:
A COVID-19 quarantine compliance officer is facing charges after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a home in Oakville. Police say the man works for a private security company hired by the Public Health Agency of Canada and told the woman she was in violation of a quarantine order. They say the 27-year-old man sexually assaulted her last Friday after she refused his demand to pay a fine in cash. The man has been suspended from work and has been charged with sexual assault and extortion.
There may be additional victims, and we would encourage anyone who may have experienced something similar to contact their local police service (where the offence took place). @crimestoppersha https://t.co/GHYFWRDohu
— Deputy Jeff Hill (@DeputyJeffHill) February 24, 2021
Questions About The Bill Adamson’s BBQ Got:
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is raising concerns about the City of Toronto’s decision to bill a restaurant owner nearly $200,000-dollars to cover the cost of enforcing lockdown regulations. Adam Skelly, the owner of Adamson Barbecue, opened his restaurant for indoor dining in November in violation of COVID-19 public health regulations, drawing dozens of anti-lockdown protesters. On the weekend, Skelly posted on social media that he had received an invoice from the city for just over $187,000-dollars. The cost of the police response accounted for $165,000-dollars of the total. Cara Zwibel, the director of the fundamental freedoms program with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, says the idea that individuals should have to pay for the opportunity to exercise their freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly is concerning.
COVID Variants are in Toronto Shelters:
Toronto Public Health says new COVID-19 variants have been confirmed at four more homeless shelters and an encampment in the city. They say a total of 13 people at those locations have screened positive for a COVID-19 variant. A variant was also found earlier this month at another homeless shelter where 29 people have tested positive for COVID-19. All those confirmed to have the virus have been moved to an isolation centre.
Here is yesterday’s Toronto update:
Seniors Are Adapting Well to Online Technology:
The pandemic has prompted a lot of seniors to get computer savvy and go shopping online. Many have been isolated at home or unable to leave their senior living communities for more than a year. A marketing research firm in the U-S says online spending by seniors has shot up 60 per cent from 2019. Some internet retailers are predicting that online groceries will be a new normal for older people even when the pandemic ends.
COVID-19 killed nine more people in Ontario and infected 1,054 others, as of yesterday’s daily report from the Province. Toronto, Peel and York continued to lead the province in new cases. In all, almost 6,900 people in the province have died from coronavirus disease. A total of 602,848 vaccine doses have been administered.
Ontario is reporting 1,054 cases of #COVID19 and nearly 54,900 tests completed. Locally, there are 363 new cases in Toronto, 186 in Peel and 94 in York Region.
As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 602,848 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) February 24, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
30 new COVID-19 cases were announced yesterday by Region of Waterloo Public Health. Hospitalizations dropped by 5, down to 26. The number of ICU patients dropped to 5, which is 2 less than the previous day. Active cases are down to 316. Once again, there were no new deaths. In Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, Public Health reported 11 new cases yesterday but active cases only increased by four to 96. The number hospitalized with COVID-19 remained at 6. For a second day in-a-row, there were 0 new cases in Dufferin. Wellington produced 5 new cases and Guelph had 6.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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