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Ontario reports 355 new COVID-19 cases, province marks new vaccine record with 213K doses

As the Ontario government broke another daily COVID-19 vaccination record, it reported 355 new coronavirus cases on Saturday.Saturday’s case count is slightly higher than Friday’s, which saw 345 new infections reported.According to the latest provincial data contained in an update by Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott, 58 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 54 in Waterloo Region, 45 in Peel Region, 23 in Hamilton and 22 in the Porcupine Health Unit area (in and around Timmins).The government advised almost 25,400 COVID-19 tests were completed on Friday.Elliott said 12,366,899 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across Ontario to date.More to come.As of 8:00 p.m. yesterday, 12,366,899 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. This includes 213,236 doses administ...

Toronto hospital ICU marks having no active COVID-19 patients for first time in nearly 15 months

For medical staff who have been working around the clock in Ontario’s hospitals responding to three waves of the COVID-19 pandemic for nearly a year and a half that has resulted in harsh, unrelenting working conditions, there is a sign of promise at a Toronto intensive care unit.Staff at Toronto General Hospital’s medical-surgical ICU marked a small celebration inside their unit Wednesday evening because for the first time in almost 15 months, staff reported have no active COVID-19 patients.“Thank you for your hard work. I feel like I’m going to cry now,” Denise Morris, the nurse manager for the unit, could be heard saying in a video published on the University Health Network’s Twitter account.“Our first COVID case was March 26, 2020, and today we are COVID-free.” Story continues below adv...

Ontario’s urban Indigenous communities, dialysis patients now have shorter COVID-19 vaccine intervals

The Ontario government has adopted recommendations from an advisory group to shorten the COVID-19 vaccine intervals for those in the province’s urban Indigenous communities and those undergoing hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.The guidance was recently updated on the provincial government’s website and came into effect immediately. Officials told Global News more information will be released soon.Those undergoing the blood-filtering procedures of hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis will be able to get vaccinated at their clinics or request a letter from their nephrologist or unit.Currently in Ontario, most people are receiving vaccine doses 16 weeks apart in line with recommendations made by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and adopted by the provincial government in an e...

Ontario government reports 2,864 new COVID-19 cases, 25 new deaths

As the Ontario government marked administering more than six million COVID-19 vaccine doses across the province, it reported on Saturday there are 2,864 new, confirmed coronavirus cases.Saturday’s case count is lower than Friday’s, which saw 3,166 new infections reported.It was also reported that 25 people died since Friday morning, bringing the total number of people dead to 8,261.There are currently 1,832 patients with COVID-19 in Ontario hospitals. In total, 851 of the hospitalized patients are in intensive care units and 588 of those patients are on ventilators.According to the latest provincial data, 684 cases were recorded in Toronto, 803 in Peel Region, 285 in York Region, 107 in Ottawa, 125 in Durham Region and 133 in Hamilton, and 110 in London-Middlesex. Story continues below adv...

Ontario government officially expands COVID-19 vaccines to 18+ at select pharmacies in hot spots

The Ontario government has officially expanded access to Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccines for those 18 and older at select pharmacies in hot spot communities.In a Wednesday announcement about mobile vaccine clinics visiting hot spot workplaces, officials also said Moderna vaccine doses would be expanded to pharmacies “this week.”It said up to 60 pharmacies in Durham Region, Hamilton, Ottawa, Windsor-Essex, and York Region hot spots would offer shots to people 18 and older, adding the program would be expanded throughout May.“Participating pharmacies will be identified on the website as they begin offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and will continue to use their own booking system for appointments,” the announcement said. Story continues below advertisement In late April, ...

COVID-19: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on May 7

Here are the latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Friday: Toronto police’s enforcement teams lay 350 charges in 2nd week Toronto police says its stay-at-home enforcement teams laid 350 charges in its second week in action.There are 16 teams based around Toronto who focus on dispersing and laying charges against “those attending large gatherings and with a particular focus on individuals attending indoor events in condos, short-term rentals and closed bars and restaurants,” a release said Friday. Story continues below advertisement Police said officers responded to 296 incidents between April 30 to May 6 and issued 338 Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and Reopening Ontario Act tickets. Officers also issued 16 criminals charges.Inves...

Federal quarantine hotel in Toronto won’t be fully closed after 13 staff test positive for COVID-19

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 4, 2021 6:49 pm 2:31Toronto Public Health looking into possible COVID-19 outbreak at quarantine hotel WATCH ABOVE: Toronto Public Health is investigating a possible COVID-19 outbreak at a quarantine hotel in Etobicoke. Erica Vella reports. TORONTO — Public health officials in Toronto say they won’t fully shut down a federal quarantine hotel for international travellers where more than a dozen staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.Thirteen staff at the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday.Toronto Public Health says inspections on Tuesday found some areas for improvement like more restrictions in the lunch room, more signage and centralized screening. Trending Stories It says the workplace implement...

Indoor events, communal dining with precautions now allowed under new Ontario COVID-19 LTC directive

The Ontario government has issued a new directive for the province’s long-term care homes that will see COVID-19 restrictions eased after a high uptake of vaccinations.In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, officials said the update to the province’s directive was made by Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams.“The updated [directive] sets out that long-term care homes can now safely resume activities such as communal dining and indoor events and gatherings with precautions,” the statement said.“Additionally, residents and their caregivers who are fully immunized may choose to have close physical contact beyond what is required for care and supervision, such as hugging.” Story continues below advertisement As of early May, the government reported 95 per cent of all ...

TTC bus driver allegedly assaulted after asking riders to wear masks, 2 people charged

Officials say two people are facing charges after a TTC bus driver was allegedly assaulted Sunday evening after asking passengers to wear masks.Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 113, which represents around 12,000 TTC workers, said the incident happened at approximately 7:15 p.m. on the Flemington Park route at Broadview and Torrens avenues, just north of Cosburn Avenue.Local 113 president Carlos Santos said a bus driver was assaulted after asking four riders to wear a mask while on the vehicle.A Toronto police spokesperson told Global News they were called to the scene for reports of an assault in progress. The spokesperson said a bus driver had a “verbal dispute” with two passengers and the passengers allegedly physically assaulted the driver and damaged the bus. Story continues belo...

Ombudsman highlights ‘several’ times City of Toronto gave ‘incorrect’ COVID-19 information

When it comes to navigating COVID-19, it can be often be challenging to get the most current and accurate information, and in Toronto the local ombudsman says there have been “several” instances where City staff have struggled to keep up.“I do commend the City staff for the hard work that they’ve done and continue to do in these difficult circumstances, but I encourage the City to do everything it can to keep working on looking at its communications, improving its communications and try everything it can think of to reach every person in the city,” Susan Opler told Global News Friday afternoon.“[City services] affect all of us every single day and information about how the pandemic is affecting everybody’s lives and affecting how the City is serving people has to get through clearly to eve...

COVID-19: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on April 30

Here are the latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Friday: Ontario government asks for mandatory 3-day hotel quarantines at land crossings Ontario is asking the federal government to impose mandatory three-day quarantines in hotels for travellers entering Canada at land crossings.Health Minister Christine Elliott and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones make the request in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the province. Story continues below advertisement The province says there are reports of international travellers booking return flights into nearby American airports, taking a taxi to a United States-Canada land crossing, and walking or driving across the border. Trending Stories Ontario reports 3,887 new COVID-19 cases, 21 deaths Ontario is re...

Toronto’s Michael Garron Hospital transfers 10 patients due to potential oxygen supply risk

Staff at Toronto’s Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) say 10 patients needed to be transferred to other hospitals due to “potential risks to its oxygen supply” as a result of a high volume of COVID-19 patients requiring oxygen.Mark Fam, the hospital’s vice-president of programs, issued a statement Thursday afternoon and said the issue was identified earlier in the day.“Given the demand for oxygen supply was very high, MGH took additional precautionary measures to preserve this resource as we worked on expanding oxygen capacity on-site. Some of these measures included postponing seven surgical cases and diverting some ambulances to reduce the demand for oxygen in the hospital,” he wrote, adding patients weren’t at risk since additional, temporary capacity was brought in. Trending Stories “We app...

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