COVID-19 Update for September 30 2020 – 4:15pm

A day after announcing a deal with Abbott Diagnostics to buy 7.9 million of their ID NOW test kits, the federal government has officially approved the use of the rapid testing system.

The Abbott ID NOW system is a rapid molecular point-of-care test for COVID-19. The technology can detect the virus directly from a nasal swab, returning results between five and 13 minutes. The testing system is small and lightweight, can easily be transported to remote locations and operated with minimal training. In addition, the chemicals, or reagents, used to conduct these tests do not require special storage temperatures.

Speaking in Question Period today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government is expecting to receive the first batch of these Abbott tests “in the coming weeks.”

Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, said on Twitter that deliveries of the Abbott rapid test “are expected to begin in the coming weeks.”

Minister Anand said Tuesday that the purchase was designed to help the provinces and territories offer more testing options as some cities face hours-long lines at public health testing centres.


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COVID-19 Update for September 29 2020 – 1:50pm

Today, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced funding to fight COVID-19 in long-term care homes, as well as visitor restrictions that will be rolled out at homes in areas where the virus is most prevalent.

New Funding

Premier Ford announced $540 million to “protect long-term care homes from COVID-19,” including:

  • $405 million to help homes with containment measures, staffing supports and purchasing additional supplies such as personal protective equipment;
  • $61.4 million for renovations to improve infection control, such as ventilation and isolation capacity; and
  • $30 million for additional infection control staffing and training for existing staff.

Visitor Policy

The premier also announced that as of October 5 visitors at long-term care homes in the “highest-risk regions” will be restricted to staff, essential visitors and essential caregivers only. However, up to two friends or family members per resident will be permitted to sign up as caregivers. The premier said officials are currently establishing where the restrictions will be put in place.


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COVID-19 Update for September 28 2020 – 8:10pm

This evening Quebec Premier Francois Legault announced that three regions in Quebec are entering the red zone alert level – the province’s highest level – and will be placed under additional restrictions for the next 28 days.

The following new measures will take effect as of midnight Wednesday into Thursday in the three regions: Montreal, Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches.

Restrictions include:

  • Ban on home gatherings, with some exceptions such as a single caregiver allowed per visit.
  • All bars, casinos and restaurants are closed (takeout only).
  • Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres will also be closed.
  • Being less than two metres apart will be prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations.
  • Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit.

Schools will remain open during this period, as will hair salons, hotels and other businesses.

The Premier said the government is working on compensation packages for those businesses which are being shut down during these restrictions.

The government also noted that they may restrict travel between regions as was done in the spring under public health guidelines, but for now it won’t be banned. For the time being, travel between different regions of the province is strongly discouraged.

The restrictions will remain in place until at least October 28, when the government will review them again. You can see which regions are impacted here.


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COVID-19 Update for September 28 2020 – 1:35pm

Officially acknowledging that Ontario is in a second wave of COVID-19, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced funding to increase the number of frontline healthcare workers.

Healthcare Workers

Ford announced $52.5 million to recruit, retain and support over 3,700 more frontline healthcare workers as part of his government’s fall preparedness plan.

The funding includes $26.3 million allocated for Personal Support Workers and supportive care workers, and $26 million for nurses.

The full release can be found here.


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COVID-19 Update for September 25 2020 – 1:45pm

Both Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held media availabilities today.

Ontario – Stage 3 Update

Before Premier Ford took the podium today for his daily briefing, the province announced an amendment to its Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, to tighten public health measures — mostly in bars and restaurants — in response to the recent rise in cases of COVID-19.

The amended order is province-wide and takes effect tonight at midnight. The changes include:

  • Moving last call to 11 p.m., and requiring all bars and restaurants to be closed by midnight, except for takeout and delivery.
  • The consumption of alcohol on bar and restaurant premises is prohibited between midnight and 9 a.m.
  • Closing all strip clubs across the province; and
  • Requiring businesses or organizations to comply with any advice, recommendations, and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening for COVID-19.

You can read the full news release here.

Ontario – Health Care Investments

Premier Ford also announced investments to reduce surgery backlogs and increase home and community care. These measures include:

  • Investing up to $283.7 million to support additional priority surgeries including cancer, cardiac, cataract and orthopedic procedures;
  • Extending diagnostic imaging hours at health care facilities for MRIs, CT scans and other critical procedures;
  • Adding an additional 139 critical care beds and 1,349 additional hospital beds in hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province to support more surgical procedures;
  • Working to initiate a centralized waitlist and a program to optimize the use of the operating rooms;
  • Expanding access to virtual emergency department services and giving patients the option of virtual pre- and post-surgery appointments;
  • Investing $457.5 million to increase community capacity, including home and community care.
  • Helping up to 850 alternate levels of care patients access the right level of care in a home or community setting to help add more capacity in hospitals; and
  • Increasing home and community care service volumes by investing $100 million to add an additional 484,000 nursing and therapy visits and 1.4 million personal support worker hours.

In addition, the premier announced that 18 more pharmacies in Southwestern Ontario — including some in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls — will be able to do COVID-19 testing as early as Tuesday.

You can read the full news release here.

Federal Update

Prime Minister Trudeau announced an agreement with AstraZeneca to procure up to 20 million doses of its COVID‑19 vaccine candidate. With these agreements in place, the government has now secured access for Canadians to six leading vaccine candidates.


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COVID-19 Update for September 24 2020 – 12:50pm

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced funding of more than $1 billion to expand COVID-19 testing and contact tracing as the next element of his “Fall Preparedness Plan”.

Expanded Testing and Contact Tracing

The provincial government will spend $1.07 billion to expand COVID-19 testing and case management by increasing testing capacity to reach 50,000 tests per day, expanding testing locations and additional initiatives. On top of the initial funding allocation, $30 million will be dedicated to “prevent and manage outbreaks in priority sectors” such as the province’s long-term care homes, according to the news release.

The news release can be found here.

The Ministry of Health held a technical briefing this morning on testing protocols for COVID-19 in pharmacies and assessment centres.

The recording of the briefing can be found here.


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COVID-19 Update for September 23 2020 – 3:55pm

Speech from the Throne

Today the Speech from the Throne launched the second session of the 43rd Parliament of Canada.

COVID-19 was, naturally, a central theme, and the Throne Speech opened by acknowledging the hardships that COVID-19 has caused, for Canadians and for people around the world. The Governor General specifically mentioned those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic: women, radicalized individuals, frontline workers, low-income workers and seniors.

Four Foundations

The speech outlined four main foundations:

  1. Fight the pandemic and save lives.
  2. Support people and businesses through the crisis as long as it lasts – whatever it takes.
  3. Build a stronger and more resilient Canada.
  4. Stand up for who we are as Canadians.

Commitments
Major commitments in the speech included:

  1. National childcare system.
  2. Extending wage subsidies until next summer.
  3. National long-term care standards.
  4. Accelerating creation of national pharmacare.

The government’s recovery phase will include a two-year effort focused on infrastructure, energy-efficient retrofits, clean energy, rural broadband and affordable housing.

The Throne Speech does not extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which is set to expire later this month. Instead, it says the recently announced enhancements to Employment Insurance will be the focus of the federal income support plan. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – which flows through employers to help cover staffing costs – will be extended to next summer.

Other steps to bridge vulnerable businesses to the other side of the pandemic this fall will include:

  • Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account to help businesses with fixed costs.
  • Improving the Business Credit Availability Program.
  • Introducing further support for industries that have been the hardest hit, including travel and tourism, hospitality, and cultural industries like the performing arts.

The speech also had a section called “Building back better – a resiliency agenda for the middle class” focused on addressing gaps in social systems, creating a stronger workforce and taking action on extreme risks from climate change.

For the full speech, click here.


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COVID-19 Update for September 23 2020 – 1:40pm

Unveiling the second plank in Ontario’s plan to manage COVID-19 this fall, Premier Doug Ford announced the expansion of COVID-19 testing to pharmacies, to help take pressure off of local assessment centres.

Testing in Pharmacies

Starting this Friday, September 25, up to 60 pharmacies in Ontario will provide free, publicly funded COVID-19 testing. Testing will be by appointment only, and is for individuals who are not showing symptoms of COVID-19. Everyone will be screened before entering the pharmacy.

“It’s easy to get a flu shot and it needs to be just as easy to get a COVID-19 test,” Ford said.

Testing will be available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall and independent pharmacies.

Read the full government news release here.

Expanded Saliva Testing

Premier Ford also said that the Ontario government is working with partners to expand saliva testing for COVID-19. Women’s College, Mount Sinai and University Health Network-Toronto Western Hospital assessment centres will be offering saliva testing this week. The Premier said that they are continuing to work with Health Canada to expand these types of less invasive testing at assessment centres.


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COVID-19 Update for September 22 2020 – 2:10pm

Ontario Premier Doug Ford unveiled the first part of his highly anticipated “Fall Preparedness Plan” this afternoon, announcing a $70-million flu immunization campaign.

Flu Immunization Campaign

Referring to it as the largest and most comprehensive flu immunization program in Canada’s history, Ford announced the provincial government has ordered 5.1 million doses that will be available through family physicians and participating pharmacies; this includes 1.3 million high-dose vaccines for Ontario’s seniors that will be available through their doctor, long-term care home or participating pharmacies. Both Ford and Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott encouraged everyone to get a flu shot this year to ease a potential stress on the healthcare system as Ontario braces for a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fall Preparedness Plan

The flu shot campaign is the first pillar in the government’s “Fall Preparedness Plan,” titled Keeping Ontarians Safe. Details of the plan will be rolled out over several days (given the size and complexity of the plan, Ford said), but Elliott outlined the six pillars that will be covered in the plan.

After the flu shot campaign, the other five pillars are:

  • Strong public health measures, including the continued expansion of testing and contact tracing and case management;
  • Quickly identifying, managing and preventing COVID-19 outbreaks;
  • Accelerating efforts to reduce health service backlogs;
  • Preparing for surges in COVID-19 cases; and
  • Recruiting, retaining, training and supporting healthcare workers while continuing to engage families and caregivers.

The news release on the immunization campaign can be found here.


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COVID-19 Update for September 19 2020 – 11:40am

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced this morning that he is limiting social gatherings for the entire province of Ontario.

Social Gathering Limits

Following his announcement on Thursday that Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa would see permitted social gathering numbers lowered to 10 indoors and 25 outdoors, Premier Ford announced today that, effective this morning, these new limits will also apply to the rest of Ontario for at least the next 28 days. Ford emphasized that these new restrictions apply to unmonitored, private social gatherings “held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas”, as will the fines announced on Thursday should the amendment pass.

The news release can be found here.


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