Thursday, 28 January, 2021

Province rolls out next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations

A vial of the Moderna vaccine.- Government of Prince Edward Island A vial of the Moderna vaccine.- Government of Prince Edward Island
Deanna Wagner | 14 January, 2021, 13:39

"Working people need to have supports to be able to stay home", said Ramsey in an interview with CTV News.

"At the same time as we are seeing vaccinations given to urban providers with much less or even no direct patient contact".

"If people would just opt in default always, not just today when it's not yet clear, but tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, to stay home. that will help deal with the COVID situation", he said.

Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector and long-term care, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space.

So far, 685 people have been given their first dose of the Moderna vaccine, with another shipment of 7,200 expected later this week, Premier Sandy Silver said.

The new data shows the growth of COVID-19 is accelerating in Ontario, growing at seven per cent on the "worst days". The group also pushed for better communication so front-line workers have a better idea of when it will be their turn to be vaccinated.

Along with paid sick leave, experts have also said a moratorium on residential evictions is needed to prevent more people from losing their homes and to ensure residents know they won't be faced with homelessness if they fall behind on rent during the global health crisis.

At daily case growth of one per cent, officials project COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) bed occupancy will hit 500. "Until then, everyone must continue to follow the public health guidelines and stay home, stay safe and save lives".

Ford says eight new cases of the United Kingdom strain of the virus were identified today and still one third of Ontarians are ignoring published guidelines.

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Additional public health measures are being imposed, starting Tuesday. "This will have tragic consequences for us, for our health, for our province, for our health system".

What's more, the province said students will not return to in-person learning in COVID-19 hotspots, including Toronto, Peel, York, Hamilton, and Windsor until February 10.

"But at the same time, it's really hard for me to tell someone who's trying to feed their family or pay their rent to not open if the government's allowing them to open".

A total of 222,023 Ontarians have tested positive for COVID-19, with 186,829 cases resolved and 5,053 deaths.

When announcing today's new measures, Ford didn't reveal any of the supports that Brown and Yaffe said would help reduce transmission, saying he didn't want to create overlap with existing federal supports.

Ontario reported 2,903 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, including eight new cases of a variant from the United Kingdom.

The province hasn't specified how officers will check why people are outside their homes.

Emergency child care for school-aged children will end in approved PHU regions on January 22, 2021, as these elementary schools return to in-person learning.