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- So far, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit has administered over 54,000 COVID-19 vaccines, according to updated numbers released Tuesday. Nearly 30 per cent of the population in the region has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.
- Leaders in Thunder Bay are concerned about the province’s decision to reduce the number of vaccines sent to health units with fewer COVID-19 cases, including Thunder Bay, TBNewswatch reports. Last night, city council passed a resolution advocating for vaccine distribution to be based on potential risk, instead of current COVID-19 numbers.
- On Monday, in response to provincial restrictions announced last week, the OPP set up checkpoints on the Ontario-Manitoba border, Kenora Daily Miner & News reports. People coming into Ontario must have a valid reason for travel, including work and medical care, exercising treaty rights, or transportation of goods and services. Greg Rickford, Kenora-Rainy River MPP, explained the travel restrictions are an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 variants originating in the west, and says he hopes the travel restrictions won’t be in place for “very long,” TBNewswatch reports.
- There were seven new cases reported in Public Health Sudbury and Districts' area yesterday, bringing the total active cases to 171, according to Sudbury.com.
- Algoma Public Health says there are two new cases in Elliot Lake and a new cases in Sault Ste. Marie and area for a total of 42 active cases in the region.
- The North Bay Nugget reports seven new COVID cases within the North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit's area for a total active case count to 21.
- The Porcupine Health Unit says there are 13 new cases in its area, bringing the total case count in the region to 95.
- In Peterborough, people rallied against public health measures on Saturday, which led to Peterborough police issuing demonstrators with four tickets under the Reopening Ontario Act in relation to the gathering of approximately 150-200 people, according to Global News.
- With 123 active COVID-19 cases in Peterborough, the community’s public health unit has suspended its COVID-19 email and phone hotline service, citing an “all hands on deck” situation and the need to re-deploy staff to respond to local cases, including doing contact tracing, Global News reports.
- As of Monday, the Kingston Health Sciences Centre was caring for 31 COVID-19 patients in its ICU and 14 in its medicine ward, only one of whom was a local, according to the Globe and Mail. The rest are transfers from other parts of the province. “My heart goes out to those poor families whose loved one is being cared for in a place that’s a few hours away. It’s very difficult for those patients,” said Michael Fitzpatrick, chief of staff at KHSC.
- The Ottawa Board of Health is urging the province to increase the power of enforcement officers to enter, inspect and shut down businesses that aren’t complying with COVID-19 regulations, as the city sees a surge of workplace outbreaks, the Ottawa Citizen reports. “Our team is now being inundated from workplaces where more than two people have tested positive,” said Vera Etches, the city’s medical officer of health. “We’re also seeing outbreaks in offices where people could have potentially worked from home." (There were 131 Ottawans hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Monday, which was a pandemic high, according to CTV News.)
- Some health-care workers at Kingston General Hospital are calling on the city and Queen’s University to assist them with parking difficulties, as they treat an influx of COVID-19 patients (largely from communities elsewhere in the province). One parking lot near the hospital costs $20 a day, while on-street parking requires health care workers to run out throughout the day to feed their metres. Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson said that he will put forward a motion to provide health care workers with a free, monthly parking permit, Global News reports.
- A Twitter account is helping people to find locations to get COVID-19 vaccinations, CTV Kitchener reports.
- The Grand River Conservation Authority has announced it will reopen its parks on Friday to give people an opportunity to exercise out of doors during the lockdown, CBC Kitchener-Waterloo reports.
- On Monday, London Health Sciences Centre had 86 COVID-19 patients, 39 of which were in critical care, CTV London reports.
- Two women in the London area are charged with violations under the Reopening Ontario Act. The charges follow anti-lockdown protests in London in March, the London Free Press reports.
- Owen Sound's hospital has received three COVID-19 patients in intensive care from the Toronto region, the Owen Sound Sun Times reports.
- Windsor city council wants the province to implement a paid sick leave program because of the pandemic CBC Windsor reports.
- Four hospitals in Ontario's deep southwest have been asked to take on 14 patients and intensive care patient transfers, CTV Windsor reports.