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- Per today's government report, there are 2,938 new cases in Ontario, for a total of total of 364,537 since the pandemic began; 942 people are in hospital, 494 of them in intensive care, and 293 on ventilators. To date, 7,450 people have died.
- According to data from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, there are 50 outbreaks in long-term-care facilities, 6 confirmed active cases of positive residents, and 116 confirmed active cases of positive staff. To date, there have been 3,755 confirmed resident deaths and 11 confirmed staff deaths.
- As of April 1, in publicly funded schools in Ontario, there are 211 new school-related student cases (for a total of 9,936) 36 new staff cases (for a total of 2,179) and 2 new unspecified cases for a total of 1,163; 1,240 schools are reporting at least one case and 63 schools have been closed.
- Per the government's report on Ontario’s vaccination program, as of 8 p.m. yesterday, Ontario has administered 84,060 new doses of COVID-19 vaccines, for a total of 2,276,313 since December 2020. 1,640,883 people have received only one dose, and 317,715 people have received both doses.
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- More than two million doses of vaccines are set to arrive in Canada this week, reports CP24. That includes the first batch of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines - 316,800 doses -to be sent to Canada from the global vaccine-sharing initiative known as the COVAX Facility. In addition to the COVAX supply, Canada is to receive 1,019,070 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 855,600 doses of the Moderna vaccine over the next seven days.
- The Ontario government extended booking for COVID-19 vaccination appointments to more age groups through its provincial booking system in 10 public health units on Friday, April 2, 2021. Booking eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination appointments at mass immunization clinics has extended to Ontarians 60 and over in Toronto and Peel. And to Ontarioans aged 70 and over in North Bay Parry Sound District, Peterborough Public Health, and more.
- On Thursday, the Ontario government announced that is steadily increasing capacity in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout with the addition of over 350 additional pharmacies and more primary care settings across the province. According to the statement released by the government, all of these locations will be offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to individuals aged 55 and over, with some locations to begin offering the vaccine as early as Saturday, April 3, 2021.
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
- According to data as of April 4, there are 946 new cases in Toronto, for a total of 116,546 since the pandemic began; 369 of them are in hospital (37 new). In total, 2,825 people have died (two new).
The City of Toronto is launching a multilingual public education campaign next week to urge residents to get vaccinated when it’s their turn. The “Let’s Get Toronto Vaccinated” campaign will include ads in English and translated ads in Bengali, Cantonese, Farsi, French, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu.
Toronto Mayor John Tory says the province needs to retool its COVID-19 vaccine priority list to focus on hardest-hit regions and essential workers, and stop just moving down the age pyramid to determine eligibility, as the number of patients in Ontario hospital ICUs hit a new record, reports CP24.
The Toronto Star spent Sunday inside a vaccination clinic in North York, which aimed to inoculate the especially hard-hit northwest corner of Toronto. Nearby neighbourhoods faced infection rates in March of up to 1,081 cases per 100,000 people – disproportionately higher than Toronto’s least-hit neighbourhood, which had just 54 per 100,000.
The president of the local bargaining unit of Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation says the province and local public health officials should make educators in Hamilton's public school board eligible for vaccination. As CBC Hamilton reports, Daryl Jerome issued a news release saying one in three local schools has at least one active case of COVID-19, with 243 cases logged in March alone.
Health experts tell the St. Catharines Standard that the pandemic may have lingering effects on people's mental wellbeing for years to come. Mental health professionals have limited access to people in need right now. The Canadian Mental Health Association’s clinical supervisor of immediate and brief services says their crisis team and the Niagara Regional Police have been referring more people to hospital for suicide attempts during the pandemic.
Niagara logged its 10,000th positive COVID-19 case this past weekend, with 773 active cases on Sunday, the most it's had since January 31 when there were 776 active cases, the Standard reports.
- As of April 4, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 707 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across Canada. They are also reporting 285 COVID-19 related deaths in total, across all First Nation reserves in Canada. To date, Ontario First Nation communities have had a total of 1,649 COVID-19 cases.
- As of April 1, Indigenous Services Canada is aware of 612 communities across Canada with vaccinations underway. 255,660 doses have been administered. ISC reminds the urban Indigenous population that First Nations living off reserve, Inuit and Métis are or will receive COVID-19 vaccination through their provincial or territorial health services. ISC is aware of vaccinations already taking place in several urban centres, including Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Whitehorse.
- Public Health Sudbury and Districts reports two COVID deaths over the long weekend, bringing the total to 22 deaths since the pandemic. One person died Friday, and the second died Saturday. Out of respect to their families, the health unit is not releasing further details.
- A third outbreak has been declared at Health Sciences North, according to Public Health Sudbury and Districts. The outbreak is taking place on the sixth floor of the Ramsey Lake Health Centre's North tower. There are two other active outbreaks ongoing in the health centre. A total of six staff and four residents are infected.
- Select pharmacies within the North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit will offer vaccines to adults aged 55 and older, the health unit says. The Walmart pharmacy and Northern Shores pharmacy in North Bay, the Shoppers Drug Mart in Parry Sound and the Loblaws pharmacy in Sturgeon Falls will have AstraZeneca vaccines available by appointment by calling the pharmacies directly.
- There was one death from COVID-19 reported in the Thunder Bay district over the weekend. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit reported the death along with 26 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. The number of active COVID-19 cases, as well as the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19, has dropped.
- The Northwestern Health Unit reported 7 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. On Sunday, the health unit issued a warning to residents about the spread of variants of concern in the region, TBNewswatch reports. At least four cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, a more contagious variant of COVID-19, have been found in Dryden.
- As of March 31, over 31,000 or 19.1 per cent of people in the Thunder Bay region have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a release from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.
- The Thunder Bay District Health Unit declared an outbreak at St. Joseph’s Hospital, 1 East, where two cases were identified in people “associated” with the hospital.
- MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, Randy Hillier, has taken his consistent complaints about COVID-19 public health restrictions to another level, comparing last week’s shutdown to the Third Reich and Adolf Hilter on Twitter, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs responded by saying: “Lockdowns are not the Holocaust. Vaccines are not the Holocaust. This cannot be said enough,” according to the Kingstonist.
- On Sunday, Ottawa Public Health reported another 198 COVID-19 cases in the city, pushing the capital’s total caseload since the pandemic began to more than 18,000 confirmed cases, CTV News reports.
- Ottawa’s top doctor, Vera Etches, posted on Twitter about the city's rising caseload: “Ottawans, we moved into the Red zone as COVID-19 levels were rising 2 wks ago + the curve has only worsened. 2 weekends ago we had lovely weather + a lot of socializing. I am seeing many people test positive after being in groups at restaurants, with transmission even outdoors.”
- Business owners in Kingston are reacting to news of last Thursday’s provincial shutdown, with one hair salon owner calling the need to wipe their schedule a “really tough emotional rollercoaster right now,” according to Global News. There were 60 active cases in the Kingston region, as of Sunday.
- A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Western University’s Delaware Hall residence.The outbreak, declared Friday by officials at the Middlesex-London Health Unit, is the fifth dorm outbreak at Western since March 25, reports the London Free Press.
- COVID-19 cases confirmed at seven local schools over the weekend have prompted the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board to dismiss 184 students from in-person learning, reports the Windsor Star.
Three Chatham-Kent pharmacies will be among the roughly 350 provincewide to start offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged 55 and over, reports the Chatham Daily News.