Here are the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Saturday.
Toronto, Peel, York will likely be last to reopen
Ontario is expected to begin gradually reopening its economy next week, according to a report from The Canadian Press citing a government source.
The state of emergency is expected to expire, as scheduled, on Feb. 9, though the stay-at-home order will likely remain in place in much of the province until each region moves back into the colour-coded COVID-19 response framework.
Some could move to the least restrictive green zone on Wednesday, with all other areas — except for Toronto, Peel and York — expected to move into the framework based on local case rates on Feb. 15.
Toronto, Peel and York regions will likely follow the week on Feb. 22.
Any spike in cases could cause plans to change.
Status of cases in the GTA
Ontario reported a total of 1,388 new cases on Saturday.
- 455 were in Toronto
- 288 were in Peel Region
- 131 were in York Region
- 46 were in Durham Region
- 42 were in Halton Region
Ontario reports 1,388 new cases, 45 deaths
Ontario reported 1,388 cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 276,718.
Forty-five additional deaths were also reported, bringing the provincial death toll to 6,483.
The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 2.6 per cent, which is up slightly from Friday’s report, when it was 2.5 per cent, and is down from last Saturday’s report, when it was 3.3 per cent.
Provincial figures showed there are 1,021 people hospitalized with the virus (down by 22), with 325 in intensive care (no change), 228 of whom are on a ventilator (up by three).
Almost 10K more vaccine doses administered in Ontario
As of 8 p.m. Friday, 372,666 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in Ontario, which is up by 9,917.
So far, 96,573 people have received both required doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
— With files from The Canadian Press
© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for March 2 – CBC.ca
- B.C. has accelerated its vaccination plan to have every eligible adult receive a first does by July.
- A total of 1,478 new cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths were announced on Monday.
- A total of 1,363 people in B.C. have lost their lives due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
- There were 42 new cases of variants of concern identified in B.C. over the weekend.
- There are now 236 people in hospital due to COVID-19 with 65 in intensive care.
- There are currently 4,464 active cases of coronavirus in the province,
- So far, 275,681 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C. — around four per cent of the population — with 83,777 of those being second doses.
Every eligible adult in British Columbia should be able to receive a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by late July after the approval of a new vaccine and a decision to delay second doses.
Health officials announced the accelerated timeline Monday as the province moved into the second, seniors-focused phase.
Seniors 80 and older, Indigenous seniors 65 and older, hospital staff and medical specialists, vulnerable populations living and working in congregated settings, and staff providing in-home support to seniors will begin getting their shots this month.
The province’s vaccination plan is focused on inoculating high-risk people and most elderly populations by April, followed by younger age groups in the spring and summer.
Also on Monday, the province announced it is immediately extending the time between first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine to four months, saying studies are showing strong protection from COVID-19 with one dose.
Rise in variants
Cases of coronavirus variants of concern continue to climb in B.C.
B.C. health officials confirmed they had identified 42 more variant cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. There have now been 158 variant cases of COVID-19 confirmed in B.C.
A total of 1,478 new cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths were announced on Monday.
The number of hospitalized patients is at 236 people, 65 of whom are in intensive care.
A total of 1,363 people in B.C. have lost their lives due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
There are currently 4,464 active cases of coronavirus in the province, with public health monitoring 8,210 people across B.C. who are in self-isolation due to COVID-19 exposure.
More than 74,776 people who tested positive have recovered.
So far, 275,681 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C. — around four per cent of the population — with 83,777 of those being second doses.
Three Fraser Valley churches were in court Monday seeking to overturn provincial health orders barring in-person religious gatherings. The hearing is expected to continue Tuesday.
The orders were put in place by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry last year as a way to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and were last extended on Feb. 10.
A lawyer for a group of British Columbia churches challenging COVID-19 rules that prohibit in-person religious services says the provincial health officer’s orders allow secular gatherings such as in-class education and food distribution for people in need, while discriminating against churches and their congregants’ right to freedom of religion.
What’s happening elsewhere in Canada
As of 4 p.m. PT Monday Canada had reported 870,033 cases of COVID-19, with 30,430 cases considered active.
A total of 22,017 people have died.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Common symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath.
- Loss of taste or smell.
But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia.
What should I do if I feel sick?
Use the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool. Testing is recommended for anyone with symptoms of cold or flu, even if they’re mild. People with severe difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, difficulty waking up or other extreme symptoms should call 911.
What can I do to protect myself?
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Keep them clean.
- Keep at least two metres away from people outside your bubble. Keep your distance from people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wear a mask in indoor public spaces.
- Be aware of evolving travel advisories to different regions.
More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government’s website.
How to get your COVID-19 vaccination shot in B.C. – Times Colonist
The vaccines are coming. After a long wait, B.C. is gearing up for one of its largest mass immunization efforts in history.
On Monday, the province unveiled Phase 2 of its COVID-19 rollout plan and announced that seniors over 80 and Indigenous people over 65 will start receiving their vaccinations on March 15.
Here’s what you need to know to get your jab.
How do I book an appointment?
You can make your own appointment, or have a friend or family member do it for you.
Booking information — including health authority contact details, complete call-in schedules, hours of operations and step-by-step instructions on how to call to book an appointment — will be available on March 8 at gov.bc.ca/bcseniorsfirst.
The government has promised that seniors would also be able to book their appointment through their health authority call centre. The Island Health call centre can be reached at 1-833-348-4787. It will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.
People should only call in when they are eligible. Anyone who misses their age-based dates can call, book and be vaccinated at any time after they become eligible.
Seniors who are 90 and older and Indigenous people who are 65 and older will be able to book their vaccinations starting March 8, while seniors 85-89 can book starting March 15, and seniors 80-84 can book beginning March 22.
What information will I need to provide when I call?
The call centre will ask for your:
• Legal name
• Date of birth
• Postal code
• Personal health number (PHN), found on the back of B.C. driver’s licences or B.C. services cards.
• Contact information, including an email address or phone number to receive texts.
The health authority will never ask people for their social insurance number, driver’s license number or banking and credit card details.
When can I get vaccinated?
Phase 2 vaccinations of high-risk groups will continue until mid-April. This includes individuals living in shelters, health care workers, seniors and staff in independent living homes and long-term home support clients and staff.
Vaccinations for seniors 90 and older and Indigenous peoples 65 and older who are not living in independent living or seniors supportive housing will start on March 15.
Seniors 85-89 will start receiving vaccinations on March 22. Those 80-84 will follow a week later.
Vaccinations for the general population are expected to take place from April until September. The vaccines will be administered by age in five-year increments, starting with people ages 75 to 79.
The provincial government provided this estimate of when appointment slots would open for various age ranges:
• 75 to 79 — First shot April; second shot May
• 70-74 — First shot April; second shot May
• 65-69 — First shot May or June; second shot June or July
• 60-64 — First shot June; second shot July
• clinically vulnerable people 16-69 — First and second shots between April and June
• 40-59 — First shot July; second shot August
• 35-39 — First shot July; second shot August
• 30-34 — First shot July; second shot August
• 25-29 — First shot July or August; second shot August or September
• 18-24 — First shot August; second shot September
— With files from Scott Brown and Katie DeRosa
Ontario reports 11 additional COVID-19 deaths, daily cases below 1,000 – CityNews Toronto
Ontario says 11 more people have died from COVID-19 with new cases dropping to below 1,000.
As of the latest update, 6,997 people in the province have died as a result of the virus since the pandemic began last March.
Provincial health officials reported 966 new cases on Tuesday, a drop from 1,023 cases the previous day.
The most new cases are in Toronto (253), Peel Region (223) and York Region (99).
The province said 677 people remain in hospital with 284 of them in ICU.
Provincial officials completed 30,767 tests since the previous daily update on Monday.
Another 22,326 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered, bringing the total number of vaccines given across the province to 727,021.
Ontario reported seven additional cases of variants of concern, bringing the provincial total number of cases up to 572.
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