Year: 2021

Ontario reports record number of new COVID cases with more than 16,700 infections

Ontario is reporting more than 16,700 new COVID-19 cases Friday. There were 16,713 new infections reported, setting a single-day record for COVID cases in Ontario since the pandemic began. There have now been 756,361 confirmed cases in Ontario. Friday’s report broke a previous record set Thursday of 13,807 cases. Fifteen additional virus-related deaths were also […]

Bearskin Lake First Nation in Ontario in lockdown, state of emergency with dozens of COVID-19 cases

A fly-in First Nation in northwestern Ontario has declared a state of emergency and has gone into lockdown due to a rapidly rising number of cases of COVID-19. The emergency was declared Wednesday in Bearskin Lake First Nation, where fewer than 400 people live on reserve, more than 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay. Only essential travel is […]

High COVID numbers in Hamilton, across Ontario spark changes in testing, isolation guidelines – Hamilton

On a day Ontario recorded its highest total of reported COVID-19 cases within 24 hours, the province’s chief medical officer of health announced further actions to “limit transmission” of the surging Omicron variant, including the adjusting of testing and isolation strategies. Of the record 13,000 new cases posted by the province Thursday, Hamilton contributed 998 […]

Ontario’s COVID-19 testing and isolation rules have changed: Here’s what you need to know

The Ontario government is restricting who is eligible for PCR testing and shortening the required self-isolation period for fully vaccinated people infected with COVID-19. Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, announced updated guidelines at a media conference Thursday afternoon.  The new rules come as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 drives a surge in cases that […]

4th COVID doses offered to Ontario long-term care residents, boosters required for staff, caregivers

The Ontario government says effective immediately, it is making fourth COVID-19 shots available to the province’s long-term care residents. People can get their fourth vaccine dose at least three months — or 84 days — after their third dose. Those eligible include residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges and other congregate […]

Omicron spread puts Alberta at critical point in fight against COVID-19, experts say

Record case numbers show Alberta is at a critical point in the battle against COVID-19 while public health experts warn that the danger of Omicron infections must not be underplayed. The highly contagious variant is spreading like wildfire in the province. On Thursday, Alberta reported its highest ever single-day increase in new COVID-19 infections, with 4,000 […]

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