The Plan For Vaccine Certificates In Ontario – Full COVID-19 Update

The Plan For Vaccine Certificates In Ontario – Full COVID-19 Update

The province says businesses and patrons could be fined if they don’t follow new vaccination requirements taking effect next Wednesday. Patrons will initially be required to show a paper or digital receipt of vaccination along with a form of government-issued ID to enter settings that include restaurants, theatres and gyms. Businesses will have to ensure the name and date of birth on the vaccination receipt matches the ID before allowing customers to enter — but they will not have to validate doctors’ notes for medical exemptions. Health Minister Christine Elliott acknowledges that could open the possibility for fraud, but says she expects such cases will be rare. Elliot also says vaccine bookings increased by nearly 30 per cent after the government announced the policy.

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Businesses Concerned About The Vaccine Certificate Plan:

Business groups say they have concerns about Ontario’s plans to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination in many non-essential settings. The rules take effect next week and the head of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says small firms are responsible for too much of the enforcement. Dan Kelly says he expects the rules to be loosely enforced because businesses don’t have capacity to take on all the work. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce says businesses want protection from lawsuits, more resources to hire staff and expanded capacity limits for affected businesses.

Thousands of Ontarians May Be Suffering With Long-Haul COVID:

Ontario’s science advisory group estimates tens of thousands of people in the province are suffering from what’s known as long COVID. It says a conservative estimate suggests between 57,000 and 78,000 Ontarians had or are currently still experiencing symptoms, weeks to months after contracting the virus. The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table says the most common of more than 200 different symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, general pain or discomfort, anxiety and depression. It’s calling for more research to help the health-care system better prepare to deal with the impact of long COVID in the future.

Link Between COVID And Depression In New Moms:

Data from a 2020 survey suggests nearly 70 per cent of people who were pregnant during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic reported moderate to high levels of mental distress, and one in five experienced symptoms of depression. Doctor Tali Bogler, the lead author and chair of family medicine obstetrics at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, says the numbers are eye-opening. Bogler says mental distress during pregnancy can potentially have downstream effects on the baby.

Alberta Top Doctor Says Lifting Restrictions Lead To The Fourth Wave:

Alberta Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley says it was sobering to hear Dr. Deena Hinshaw confirm the cause of the fourth wave of COVID-19 in the province. The chief medical officer of health admitted to doctors the decision to lift all health restrictions in Alberta was the catalyst for the current surge in cases. Notley says Premier Jason Kenney needs to introduce a vaccine passport system, as other provinces have done.

Changes To Rapid Testing Management in Quebec:

The head of Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccination program, Daniel Pare, will take over the province’s deployment of rapid COVID-19 tests in elementary schools. Health Minister Christian Dube says it’s too early to judge the success of the rapid test rollout, which has been criticized by school administrators and opposition parties. A group representing school administrators in Montreal says teachers don’t have the time to conduct rapid tests.

Americans Continue To Enjoy Lower Prices:

Consumer prices in the US rose a lower-than-expected 0.3 per cent last month — the smallest monthly increase in seven months. The US Labor Department reports that the August gain was down from a 0.5 per cent increase in July and a 0.9 per cent surge in June. The slowdown in prices last month is seen as offering hope that Americans are finally starting to see some relief from a price surge earlier in the year.

Britain’s Economy Roaring Back With High Employment:

Government figures show the number of people on payroll in Britain has soared back to levels last seen before the COVID-19 pandemic struck a year and a half ago. The new statistics are the latest clear signal that the lifting of lockdown restrictions has prompted businesses to ramp up hiring. But there is unease about what will happen to the labour market over the coming months as the British government winds down its salary support program. The program helped keep a lid on unemployment during the pandemic.

Ontario Numbers:

There were 577 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario yesterday and six more deaths linked to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 452 cases are in people who are not fully vaccinated. Elliott says 363 people are hospitalized with the virus, with 325 of those not fully vaccinated. She also says 192 people are in intensive care because of the illness, and 183 of them are not fully vaccinated.

Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:

Waterloo Region Public Health confirmed 15 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and no new deaths. Active cases dropped by 13 to 189. Hospitalizations increased by 2 patients for a total of 13. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health says there were 10 new cases yesterday. There are now 116 active cases with 6 people hospitalized.

Contains files from The Canadian Press

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