Ontario could see Omicron peak in coming weeks, but boosters may be key to reopening, top doctor says

Omicron may peak in the next few weeks, Ontario's top doctor says, but the province is unlikely to see a full-blown reopening until COVID-19 cases plateau and pressures on the health-care system ease. At a news conference Thursday, Chief Medical Officer of Health...

‘This is my life we’re talking about,’ says Ontario woman whose cancer surgery’s been delayed by Omicron

Last week, Cassandra Di Maria got an email no cancer patient ever wants to receive.In it, a member of her surgeon's team informed her that a major surgery she had scheduled for Jan. 19 at Toronto's Mount Sinai hospital was...

Half of people offered Moderna vaccine refuse it if they want Pfizer, Ontario pharmacists say

The association representing Ontario pharmacists says roughly half of people looking to get a Pfizer vaccine are rejecting the Moderna shot if they are offered that instead."They may cancel their appointment. They may walk out," said Justin Bates, CEO of the Ontario...

Record high number of Ontarians in hospital with COVID-19 as Omicron wave continues

Ontario reported a pandemic high of 2,472 people with COVID-19 in hospital on Friday, as the number of admissions to intensive care increased again.The previous high of 2,360 hospitalizations came on April 20, 2021, during the height of the third wave....

Rapid tests will be harder to come by for many Ontarians: Here’s what you need to know

Ontario is changing its rules around who can get a rapid antigen test, with public access through pop-up sites ending after Jan. 14 and rapid tests no longer recommended for one-off use — for example, before social events.Under the new...

Ontario moves school online, closes indoor dining and gyms as part of sweeping new COVID-19 measures

Ontario is moving schools online for at least two weeks, temporarily closing indoor dining and gyms and pausing non-urgent medical procedures as it faces record-high case counts that, according to public health officials, threaten to overwhelm the province's health-care system.Premier Doug Ford...

Ontario’s COVID-19 testing and isolation rules have changed: Here’s what you need to know

The Ontario government is restricting who is eligible for PCR testing and shortening the required self-isolation period for fully vaccinated people infected with COVID-19.Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, announced updated guidelines at a media conference Thursday afternoon.  The new...

Return to in-person schooling in doubt as Omicron cases spike across Ontario

Just days before students are set to return to the classroom in Ontario, the province's back-to-school plan is clouded with uncertainty and critics are calling for more details.Most schools are scheduled to reopen on Monday, but with a surge in cases...

Canadian Blood Services faces ‘immediate’ need for blood donors with thousands of spots open

Canadian Blood Services says there is an immediate need for blood donors over the holiday season, with thousands of donation appointments open across the country including in Ontario. Approximately 5,600 appointments in Ontario need to be booked by Jan. 15,...

Waning protection from 2 doses shows need for COVID-19 boosters, says head of Ontario’s science table

Protection provided by COVID-19 vaccines against infection by the novel coronavirus has waned dramatically since the highly infectious Omicron variant started spreading across Ontario, according to data from the province's Science Advisory Table.The data shows that while having two doses...
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