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Per today's government report, there are 3,265 new cases in Ontario, for a total of 452,126 since the pandemic began; 2,336 people are in hospital, 875 of them in intensive care, and 589 on ventilators. To date, 7,964 people have died.
According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 36 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 44 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 131 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,756 confirmed resident deaths and 11 confirmed staff deaths.
Per the government's report on Ontario’s vaccination program, as of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 94,819 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 4,791,030 since December 2020. 4,065,904 people have received only one dose, and 362,563 people have received both doses.
The Ontario government announced that it is expanding booking for COVID-19 vaccination appointments to individuals 45 and over in designated hot spot communities in 13 public health units, as identified by postal code, through its provincial booking system. Child care workers in licensed child care settings across the province will also be eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
The Canadian Armed Forces will send up to three medical teams to Ontario in order to support hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 following a request from the province, reports CTV News. The federal government made the announcement in a statement issued on Monday evening in response to Ontario’s Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, who formally asked for specialized nurses to assist in intensive care, as well as other medical personnel.
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The province's solicitor general says she is unable to provide a timeline for when the Ford government will unveil its plan to improve paid sick leave for Ontario workers, reports CP24. On 21 separate occasions, opposition parties have put forward legislation or motions for a paid sick leave program in Ontario over the past year and each time, the Ford government has voted it down.
In an April 22 letter to federal finance Minster Chrystia Freeland, obtained byThe Globe and Mail, Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy said the province has heard from its medical and science professionals that a paid sick leave program “is critical” in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces. In the letter, Bethlenfalvy said the federal program could be improved if provinces, such as Ontario, kicked in to boost payments to those facing unemployment and loss of income during the pandemic’s third wave. “Ontario would like to move ahead and double the benefit for every Ontario application,” he wrote. “Specifically we would like everyone in Ontario to be eligible for $1,000 per week, as opposed to the current $500.”
The Ontario government is asking federal ministers of health and public safety for mandatory pre-departure PCR testing for all domestic air travellers entering Ontario, an extension to current rules for international passengers seeking entry into Canada, reports CP24.
The Toronto Star reports that Genome Canada, a non-profit funded by the federal government, is launching a new portal today that will share genome sequencing of COVID-19 faster with labs across the country. According to Catalina Lopez-Correa, executive director the Canadian COVID Genomics Network, a program under Genome Canada, the portal will help every province see which variants are popping up where, and at what rate, so that public health can make the right choices.