Wednesday, January 13


Health, Local, Provincial

Ontario reviews COVID-19 screening guidelines in schools and child care centers – The Canadian News

Ontario is changing its COVID-19 symptom screening guide for schools and child care centers in the province. The province is now asking parents to keep their children at home without going to school for 24 hours if they have a runny nose or headache. If a child has both symptoms, they are asked to see a healthcare provider or get tested for COVID-19 before returning to school or child care. Previously, the government had asked that children with only one symptom stay home until they received a negative COVID-19 test or other medical diagnosis. Ontario is also removing abdominal pain or conjunctivitis from its watch list. Earlier this month, British Columbia removed 10 symptoms from its school score sheet, including a runny nose.
Health, Local, National, Provincial

Expired samples, slow results hamper fight against COVID-19, says public health physician – The Canadian News

A medical health official in eastern Ontario says the slow laboratory response time for COVID-19 testing is hampering the ability of local public health officials to effectively track contacts and control outbreaks. Dr. Robert Cushman, interim health medical officer for the Renfrew County and District Health Unit, says universal testing for COVID-19 has led to significant problems, such as expired samples and test results that take longer than seven days to recover. He says slow response times at Ottawa labs where the health unit sends its samples for processing have hampered investigations of COVID-19 cases at a local school and popular gym. "It's bad science to do universal testing, but it's good policy," he says. Cushman says his health unit received results five days late...
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Provincial, University of Western Ontario, western u

COVID-19 outbreak declared when 5 Western University students test positive for the virus – The Canadian News

Health officials in London, Ontario, have declared a community outbreak after five students at the University of Western Ontario tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. The Middlesex-London Health Unit said all the students live in the area and have not attended classes or other activities on the university campus. However, the health unit said that these people "have had a series of interactions in bars and restaurants downtown, and with students in neighboring housing units." The unit said anyone attending those downtown bars and restaurants should self-monitor for possible COVID-19 symptoms. Contact tracing is currently in progress, the unit added. "If we ever need evidence to show that there is still a risk of COVID-19 in the community, this is it," said Dr. Chris...
chch, Hamilton, Hamilton Police Service, journalism, Provincial

Hamilton TV news reporter approached by four men, memory card stolen: police – The Canadian News

Hamilton police said they are looking for four men who allegedly accosted a CHCH TV news reporter and stole camera equipment on Saturday. "She was aggressively approached by four male suspects who demanded that she hand over the SD card from her work camera," police said in a statement. "The reporter obeyed and turned the SD card over." The incident occurred near York Boulevard and Park Street North around 10:45 a.m., police said. Police have descriptions of two men. The first suspect is described as a man, between 25 and 30 years old, approximately five feet six inches tall. He has a small complexion and a bald head. The second suspect is described as a man, between 25 and 30 years old. He was seen with a beard. In a statement, CHCH management condemned the incident. “N...
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Ontario, Provincial

Ontario Reports 115 New COVID-19 Cases – The Canadian News

Ontario has confirmed 115 new COVID-19 cases today, an increase from the 108 cases reported on Saturday. No new deaths were reported. The current provincial death toll is 2,797. The province now has 41,402 confirmed cases, and 90.8 percent are considered resolved. In a tweet Sunday morning, Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province processed nearly 23,300 tests.Today, Ontario reports 115 cases of # COVID-19, an increase of 0.3% as the province processed more than 23,300 tests. Locally, 29 of Ontario's 34 public health units report five or fewer cases, and 13 of them report no new cases. - Christine Elliott (@celliottability) 23 Aug 2020
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Provincial

Ontario Reports 108 New COVID-19 Cases, 1 New Death – The Canadian News

Ontario has confirmed 108 new COVID-19 cases today, a decrease from the 131 cases reported yesterday. One person has died, bringing the death toll in the province to 2,797. The province now has 41,287 confirmed cases, and 90.8 percent are considered resolved. In a tweet Saturday morning, Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province processed nearly 29,000 tests.Today, Ontario reports 108 cases of # COVID-19, an increase of 0.3% as the province processed about 29,000 tests. Locally, 27 of Ontario's 34 public health units report five or fewer cases, and 16 of them report no new cases. - Christine Elliott (@celliottability) August 22, 2020
banquet halls, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Hotels, Local, metro toronto convention centre, Provincial

Ford government opens meeting and event spaces for groups of 50 – The Canadian News

The Ford government is easing some of the restrictions when it comes to large-space meetings, as well as reducing some of the contact tracing information that bars and restaurants collect. In a statement released late Friday afternoon, companies that rent indoor meeting and event spaces will now be able to host up to 50 guests per room or event space. Employees or event staff do not count towards the allowed number. This will apply to convention centers, hotels, motels, resorts, banquet halls, and conference centers. Outdoor meeting and event facilities are still subject to the 100-person meeting limit for the entire outdoor area. The government says that safely allowing these facilities to host more meetings and events is an important step in the province's economic rec...
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Long-term Care, Provincial

Ontario must continue to run troubled long-term care homes, says Horwath – The Canadian News

The Ontario government said on Friday it could extend its acquisition of some long-term care homes where COVID-19 killed dozens of residents, as official opposition urged the province not to cede control of the facilities to companies with profit. The government's statement comes as the 90-day temporary management contracts and orders granting local hospitals control of nearly a dozen facilities that struggled to contain the deadly outbreaks of COVID-19 are set to expire in the coming weeks. A spokeswoman for Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton said that under the agreements, businesses will be able to regain control of the homes once the government is satisfied that the risk of an outbreak to residents and staff has been "mitigated". But if that hasn't happened, the g...
3M, Coronavirus, COVID-19, n95 mask, National, Provincial

Feds and Ontario reach deal with 3M to make N95 masks in Brockville – The Canadian News

The federal and Ontario governments have secured a deal with 3M that will see the company produce N95 masks at a facility in Brockville, Ontario, a spokesman for the province's economic development minister confirmed Thursday. Ottawa and the province will each contribute $ 23.3 million to help increase capacity at the Brockville plant, allowing it to produce up to 100 million N95 masks a year, said Robert Gibson. The masks manufactured at the expanded facility will be used to meet "private sector, provincial and North American market demand during the pandemic and beyond," Gibson said in a statement. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford are expected to make the deal official in a joint appearance in Brockville on Friday. Ford has repeatedly said ...
Back to School, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Local, Provincial, TDSB, YRDSB

Survey finds most parents prefer a two-month staggered start to the school year – The Canadian News

Less than three weeks before the scheduled start of the new school year, two-thirds of parents say they prefer a two-month gradual reopening of school rather than a difficult start. According to the Maru / Blue Public Opinion Poll, nearly seven out of 10 parents of GTA elementary students would like some children to return in September and, depending on how it goes, allow more students to return in October. When it comes to parents of high school students, 63% support a similar tiered return. Education Minister Stephen Lecce has told school boards that they would be allowed to stagger the start of school, but only for the first two weeks of the year. Previously, the government had told boards that they could stagger the start of classes during the first week of the year if th...
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Ontario schools, Provincial, school boards

Ontario boards can get a staggered start to the new school year: ministerial memorandum – The Canadian News

Ontario school boards now have the option of having a staggered start to the new school year, according to a government memo released Tuesday. “We are pleased to announce that the boards may stagger their reopening during the first two weeks of school where this approach would improve health and safety readiness,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce. He said this tiered approach will allow boards the option of having different grades to return on different days. Lecce added that this will help students adapt to new health and safety practices due to the coronavirus pandemic. "School boards must consult with their local public health and do not need to seek ministry approval or an adjustment to previously approved school calendars if they choose to take this approach," he sa...
Health, Local, Provincial

Ontario confirms 99 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths – The Canadian News

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