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Experts say Ontario’s fractured vaccine booking system is complex but gets job done

Ontario’s vaccine booking system has been described as complex, fractured, and frustrating, but as first-dose uptake tops 75 per cent, experts say it’s getting the job done.The government’s vaccine booking portal isn’t accessible in all regions, pharmacies manage their own appointments outside that system, and pop-up clinics can generate long lines.Many have complained about the system but observers say that despite its faults, it is generating results.Dr. Peter Juni, scientific director of Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, said he’s “extremely grateful” to residents for persevering.“It may be frustrating, sometimes it may be less than ideal, that you have to queue, that you have to wait, but I think we have to look at this from the perspective of the glass being half full,” said ...

Quebec adds 84 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths as hospitalizations fall

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Quebec is reporting 84 new cases and four additional deaths Tuesday.The latest daily tally of new infections marks the second consecutive day the count is under the 100 mark as the situation gradually improves. It is the lowest count since last August.Of the four deaths recorded, health officials say one Quebecer died in the past 24 hours. Two deaths attributable to the health crisis occurred between June 15 and June 20 while one fatality took place before June 15.Since the last update, the rollout saw another 86,458 shots of the novel coronavirus vaccine administered. So far, more than 7.4 million doses have been given in the province.READ MORE: ‘Not clear’ if new border rules apply to Quebecers who have had COVID-19 and single vaccine dose Trending Sto...

N.S. premier hints at modified self-isolation for N.B. travellers ahead of today’s briefing

Nova Scotia premier Iain Rankin and chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang are scheduled to hold a COVID-19 news conference Tuesday afternoon, the day before the province is expected to open its borders to the rest of Atlantic Canada.The event begins at 3 p.m. and will be live streamed here.Rankin is expected to discuss a potential modified self-isolation requirement for people entering Nova Scotia from New Brunswick after telling NEWS 95.7 this morning that he and Strang were considering it.The neighboring province recently opened up to Atlantic Canada, as well as to all Canadians with at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, without the need to self-isolate. Story continues below advertisement Last week, Rankin said he was taken off-guard by that decision as the three other ...

Ontario reports 296 new COVID-19 cases and 60 deaths, an overestimation due to data cleanup

Ontario is reporting 296 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, which health officials said is an overestimation due to data cleanup. The provincial case total now stands at 542,764.Tuesday’s case count is the eighth straight day cases are below 400. On Monday, there were 270 new cases with 318 on Sunday and 355 on Saturday.According to Tuesday’s report, 123 cases were recorded in Toronto although officials said about 80 of those cases are from 2020 as part of the cleanup.There were 61 new cases in Waterloo Region, 37 in York Region, and 20 in Peel Region which is the lowest daily increase in that region since late August.All other local public health units reported fewer than 20 new cases in the provincial report.The death toll in the province has risen to 9,082 as 60 more deaths were recorded. H...

69% of Canadians say COVID-19 restrictions should remain as more people get vaccine: poll

A new poll suggests about two-thirds of Canadians believe that governments should not lift all restrictions related to COVID-19.Sixty-nine per cent of respondents to an online survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies say restrictions should stay in place as people continue to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque said Canadians are still fairly prudent and careful regarding lifting the restrictions.“I believe they’re waiting until the end of the vaccination campaign, or at least until governments say that they’ve reached all of their targets, potentially to sort of relax a little bit,” he said in an interview.“We’ll see this number change once governments have said that they’ve reached their vaccination targets. So, a ...

Canada’s 7-day average of new COVID-19 cases has dropped below 1,000 per day

The seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases in Canada has dropped below 1,000 for the first time since last September, as many provinces posted new lows in their daily counts and others saw none at all.The 612 new cases reported Monday, along with 769 on Sunday and 974 on Saturday, brought the average down to 906.3 infections per day. On Sunday, the average was at 964, marking the first day below four digits since Sept. 20, 2020. Story continues below advertisement Another 11 deaths were also reported. The average number of deaths has fallen to 20.7 per day from 51 less than two months ago.None of the Maritime provinces reported any new cases or deaths on Monday. The last time all three provinces’ totals stayed steady was Oct. 1 of last year.Other provinces like British Columbia an...

New COVID-19 border rules don’t provide enough clarity, travel industry says

The travel industry says the federal government’s new border measures for Canadians fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are a step in the right direction, but don’t provide enough clarity for businesses to plan for what travel will look like this summer.Ottawa announced Monday that starting July 5, fully vaccinated travellers who are eligible to enter Canada will be able to do so without having to quarantine.The new measures cover Canadian citizens, permanent residents and people registered under the Indian Act and require proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test to bypass the current quarantine and testing rules.“We have a piecemeal series of announcements,” said Mike McNaney, CEO of the National Airlines Council of Canada. “There’s so much more that needs to be done.” Story contin...

B.C. reports 229 new COVID-19 cases over 72 hours as seven-day average dips below 100

B.C. reported 229 cases of COVID-19 over the past three days along with three additional deaths.There were 94 cases from Friday to Saturday while 90 cases were reported from Saturday to Sunday.Forty-five cases were recorded from Sunday to Monday, the lowest single-day number since the BC Centre for Disease Control recorded 45 cases on Aug. 25. 1:53Heat wave hits B.C. South Coast amid eased restrictions Heat wave hits B.C. South Coast amid eased restrictions The seven-day moving average for new cases dipped to 97, the lowest since Sept. 2. Story continues below advertisement Of the new cases, 51 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 99 were in the Fraser Health region, five were in Island Health, 60 were in Interior Health, and 13 were in Northern Health. Trending Stories The seven-d...

COVID-19: 23 new cases, 2 additional deaths confirmed in Simcoe Muskoka

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed 23 new COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths since Friday, bringing the local total number of cases up to 12,222, including 248 deaths.Local public health also reported 21 new cases of a coronavirus variant on Monday, bringing that total to 4,856, 86 of which are active.Nine of the new cases are in Barrie, while five are in Innisfil and two are in Penetanguishene.The rest of the new cases are in Collingwood, Gravenhurst, New Tecumseth, Orillia, Ramara, Severn and Springwater.Fourteen of the new cases are a result of close contact with another positive COVID-19 case, while four are community-acquired and one is outbreak-related. The rest of the new cases are still under investigation. Trending Stories Story continues below advertisement M...

‘Trust the science’: London, Ont. officials ask for cooperation on COVID-19 vaccine mixing

As deliveries of Moderna’s and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines “ebb and flow” over the next few weeks, officials in London, Ont., are reassuring residents concerned about mixing and matching the two mRNA vaccines.The Middlesex-London Health Unit announced Sunday that three of its mass vaccination clinics would only be offering adults Moderna’s vaccine this week, due to a delayed delivery of Pfizer’s vaccine.During the MLHU’s COVID-19 update on Monday, medical officer of health Dr. Chris Mackie added that, even beyond this week, people need to get comfortable with the idea of mixing and matching the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines.“We’re already being told that there may be a reduction in Pfizer availability early July, but then a big bump of Pfizer availability increasing later in July. So it ...

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine delays hit Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health says delays in shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Ontario will impact its clinics this week.What this means is that most adults will receive the Moderna vaccine while the remaining Pfizer supply will be prioritized for those between the ages of 12 and 17.“These shipment changes are certainly challenging,” said medical officer of health, Dr. Nicola Mercer.“We are doing everything we can to minimize the impact on the public, but we must do what we can to ensure we continue to vaccinate our region as quickly as possible. I want to assure residents of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph that their first or second dose will be safe and effective.” Story continues below advertisement The province said its shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for ...

Laval long-term care home plagued by staffing shortages during 1st COVID-19 wave, employee says

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted June 21, 2021 4:03 pm An occupational therapist told a Quebec coroner’s inquest Monday some residents of a Montreal-area long-term care home likely died of dehydration during the first wave of COVID-19 in the province.The therapist, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, is testifying during hearings into the deaths at a long-term care facility in Montreal’s northern suburb of Laval.A total of 102 residents of CHSLD Sainte-Dorothée died in the first wave last year, and in April 2020, about two-thirds of the facility’s employees were off sick. Trending Stories READ MORE: COVID-19 ward in Quebec long-term care home lacked equipment, water: nurseThe therapist says staff shortages prevented employees from properly caring for seniors and other vulne...

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