The Science Table Says That Outdoor Activities Are Safe – Full COVID-19 Update

The Science Table Says That Outdoor Activities Are Safe – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table says outdoor activities such as golf, tennis and beach volleyball could safely resume even if the province extends a stay-at-home order set to expire on May 20th. Scientific director Dr. Peter Juni says those activities are low risk. But Juni says public health officials must address activities linked with the sports that pose a greater risk of virus exposure — like car-pooling or sharing a locker room. The science table criticized the province last month when it closed all outdoor recreational facilities except playgrounds, saying the move would not control COVID-19 but would harm children and those without access to their own green space.

AstraZeneca Paused For Parts of the Vaccine Rollout in Ontario:

Ontario will stop giving out first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine due to concerns over blood clots. The province’s chief medical health officer says the decision was made out of an abundance of caution. Dr. David Williams says AstraZeneca recipients made the right decision to get the vaccine, based on the advice available at the time. Three women have died of a blood clotting syndrome in Canada — they were among 12 confirmed cases out of more than two-million AstraZeneca doses given in Canada. Alberta has also said it is not giving out more first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, due to supply issues.

Windsor Wants to Import Excess Vaccines From Michigan:

The head of Windsor Regional Hospital has asked Health Canada for special permission to bring in surplus COVID-19 vaccines from Michigan to help alleviate shortages in the city. David Musyj says the region still needs hundreds of thousands of doses while vaccination locations across the border are struggling to use their supplies due to a lack of demand. He notes the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines used in Canada and Michigan come from the same manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, and importing doses from the US would free up vaccines for use in other parts of Ontario. Health Canada has acknowledged receiving what it says is a unique application under its special access program and says it is under consideration.

The Jails Are Filling Up Again:

The Ontario Human Rights Commission says capacity in correctional facilities has at times come close to pre-pandemic levels as the province faces the most serious stage of the pandemic so far. The commission says the province and the justice sector were quick to act in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing down the number of people in custody by roughly 30 per cent within weeks. But it warns those numbers have been rising again for months — making it impossible to establish safe distancing protocols or to humanely quarantine prisoners when needed. It notes there have been more than 16 outbreaks at correctional facilities since December and is recommending changes, including setting target capacity levels for each institution.

Vaccination Update:

Canada’s COVID-19 inoculation efforts are continuing with health officials announcing 340,259 new jabs in arms. So far, the fight against the pandemic has seen a total of 16,597,932 doses administered. Still, officials say only about 1.3-million people have been fully vaccinated. Meantime, officials in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario say they will no longer offer the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as a first shot option. There are limited doses available, and the vaccine has also been linked to a rare blood clot disorder.

Canada Numbers:

There were nearly 5,400 new confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide and another 32 reported deaths. The country’s total confirmed case count will hit 1.3-million when the provinces file their latest numbers today. Ontario logged nearly 2,100 new infections, and continued its downward trend in its seven-day rolling average of just over 2,900 daily new cases. Alberta reported more than 1,400 new cases, with 25,000 active, and still holds the country’s highest active-case rate of 565 per 100,000 people. All three territories reported new cases: two in Yukon, 10 in Northwest Territories, and 14 in Nunavut. Only Prince Edward Island reported no new COVID-19 infections Tuesday. Locked-down Nova Scotia logged another 118 new cases — most of them in the area that includes Halifax — as the provincial government announced people aged 40 and older can now book appointments for the Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccines. Newfoundland and Labrador reported 15 new infections for its highest number in 11 weeks, while New Brunswick had two.

Here is Alberta Premier Jason Kenney:

Ontario Numbers:

Ontario logged just under 2,100 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. The province also reported 15 more deaths related to the virus. The Toronto area still accounts for more than half the new cases. The province says 1,782 people are in hospital with COVID-19, including 802 in intensive care units.

Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:

Waterloo Region Public Health says there were just 47 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. No new deaths were reported and the active caseload has also dropped to 445. That’s a drop of 33. The number hospitalized was down by three to 44.

Public Health of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph declared zero new cases yesterday. The number of active cases is now down to 334. That’s a drop of 50. Hospitalizations were down to 31 which is three less than Monday.

Contains files from The Canadian Press

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