Toronto readies nine COVID-19 vaccination clinics to administer more than 100K doses per week

The City of Toronto announced that they are readying nine city-operated COVID-19 vaccination clinics. In a press briefing on Wednesday, Toronto Mayor John Tory cautioned Torontonians that these sites are “not opening tomorrow,” so people shouldn’t line up at these clinics until notified. The target date for opening the clinics will be in early April.

Ontario to end state of emergency, gradually ease COVID-19 restrictions

Premier Doug Ford today announced an end to the provincial emergency (to expire, as scheduled, at the end of Tuesday, Feb. 9) as well as plans to gradually move Ontario’s 34 public health units back to the province’s colour-coded reopening framework. Province-wide shutdown measures went into effect on Dec. 26, 2020, to stop the rapid

Ontario reports 1,563 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday amidst vaccine delays

Ontario reported 1,563 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday — an increase from the 1,172 cases reported on Wednesday and the 745 on Tuesday, although those lower numbers were due to Toronto Public Health migrating their data to the provincial data system, resulting in an underestimation of cases. Of the new cases reported Thursday, 584 are

Canadian COVID-19 vaccine created in Toronto begins its clinical trials

Providence Therapeutics, based in Toronto and Calgary, is a Canadian biotechnology company founded in 2015 to work in cancer research. Early research work was done with JLABS in Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District as well as the Sunnybrook Research Institute. When COVID-19 hit, the company pivoted and quickly designed a vaccine. Without any domestic facilities, Canada

Ontario reports less than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases on anniversary of first infection

Monday marks the one-year anniversary of the first reported case of the novel coronavirus in Canada, in a man who was admitted to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital after returning from Wuhan, China (where the first cases of the virus were reported). Since then, Canada has recorded 747,383 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 664,621 recoveries (88.9 per cent)

COVID-19 cases must drop to around 1,000 to lift lockdown: Ontario’s top doctor

Many Ontarians are wondering when lockdown restrictions will ease — particularly hard-hit regions of the province with the most stringent measures. Toronto and Peel Region, for example, entered lockdown on Nov. 23 last year, and just last week — in response to the daily number of COVID-19 cases reaching nearly 4,000 a day in early

Ontario declares state of emergency, stay-at-home order as COVID-19 pushes hospitals to the brink

Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a provincial state of emergency and a stay-at-home order, effective Thursday at 12:01 a.m., for at least 28 days. The announcement was made at a press briefing Tuesday afternoon, and comes amidst a recent surge in COVID-19 cases that provincial health officials believe can overwhelm the province’s health-care system. Ford’s

Ontario reports record 4,249 new cases of COVID-19

Ontario reported a record high 4,249 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. “Due to a data upload delay at Toronto Public Health, approximately 450 additional cases have been included in today’s count,” Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott noted. “These cases were primarily from January 5th and 6th.” Of the reported new COVID-19 cases, 1,382 new

Ontario’s COVID-19 death toll just passed 4,000 and it’s not getting any better

Ontario reported 2,139 COVID-19 cases Wednesday, making this the second-largest daily increase in cases Ontario has seen since the pandemic began (but a minor decrease from Tuesday’s record-breaking 2,275 cases). The province also reported 43 more deaths, meaning the death toll in the province has risen to 4,035. Out of Wednesday’s death toll, 22 were

V-Day has arrived as Ontario begins rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in Toronto

Ontario’s first doses of the Health Canada approved Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be administered in Toronto today. The shots will be administered at a pilot site at the University Health Network in Toronto (the exact location hasn’t been revealed for safety reasons). Retired General Rick Hillier, head of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, told

Could there be an extended winter break in Ontario to stop the current COVID-19 cycle?

The Quebec provincial government is considering extending winter break for schools as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. To date, more than 1,100 classrooms in Quebec have been shut down due to COVID-19, officials noted at a press conference on Thursday. Students and staff typically enjoy two weeks off in the winter, usually beginning around Christmas