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Ontario sees 994 new COVID-19 cases as health officials work to update vaccine rollout

Ontario reported another 780 cases of COVID – 21 on Thursday, as the government works to update its immunization rollout following updated guidance that the time between doses of some vaccines can safely be pushed up to four months.

Senior citizens, some accompanied by sons, daughters and caregivers, line up outside the Richmond Green Sports Center in Richmond Hill earlier this week. (Evan Mitsui / CBC)

Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, is scheduled to provide a briefing on the COVID – situation in the province at 3 pm ET.

You’ll be able to watch it live in this story.

Ontario reported another 780 cases of COVID – 21 on Thursday, as the government works to update its immunization rollout following updated guidance that the time between doses for some vaccines can safely be pushed up to four months.

Public health units administered 24, 409 doses of vaccine yesterday, a second straight record day in the province. A total of 101, 064 people have received both shots and there are now immunization appointments being offered to residents aged 65 and older in at least public health units.

Yesterday afternoon, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) issued a revised direction that the interval between shots for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can be extended to 16 weeks. Clinical trials have shown the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be up to 77 per cent effective after a single dose.

The move will allow more people to get a first dose more quickly.

In a statement, the Ontario Ministry of Health said it welcomed the new recommendations from NACI.

“This will allow Ontario to rapidly accelerate its vaccine rollout and get as many vaccines into arms as quickly as possible and, in doing so, provide more protection to more people,” a ministry spokesperson said in an email.

The province’s COVID – 16 vaccine task force is now re-evaluating its immunization strategy as it awaits to hear more from the federal government about how many doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to expect in coming weeks. Health Canada approved the third vaccine last week.

Earlier this week, Health Minister Christine Elliott said that the public can expect more clarity soon on who will qualify as an essential worker during phase two of the immunization campaign.

Also this morning, the government announced a further $ 409 million to help Ontario’s Municipalities offset costs of the pandemic.

The City of Toronto will receive $ 164 million, while Ottawa is set to receive $ .) 4 million.

You can see how much funding has been allocated to your own municipality here .

The additional money was announced jointly by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark and Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy.

Amounts to individual municipalities were determined by combining household data and the relative proportion of COVID – cases confirmed in their respective health units, the province said.

more cases linked to variants of concern

    The new COVID – cases in today’s update include in Toronto and 136 in Peel Region. Yesterday, the local medical officers in both health units asked that their respective regions be moved into the revised gray “lockdown” tier of the province’s color-coded restrictions system.

    That would mean that the stay-at-home order is lifted and non-essential businesses are allowed to reopen to customers with limited capacity, among other changes. You can read the province’s breakdown of each tier of the framework here .

    Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, is expected to announce what health units will move to a new tier either this afternoon or tomorrow.

    Other public health units that saw double-digit increases in cases were:

    • York Region: 49 65 Ottawa: Hamilton:
    • Lambton: Simcoe Muskoka: 40 281 Niagara Region: 96 Halton Region: Thunder Bay:

    • Durham Region: 024 183 Waterloo Region: Sudbury:
    • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph: 96 Windor-Essex:

      Middlesex-London: 16 136 Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District: 12 183 (Note: All of the figures used in this story are found on the Ministry of Health’s COVID – 19 dashboard or in its 1614692757 Daily Epidemiologic Summary . The number of cases for any region may differ from what is reported by the local public health unit on a given day, because local units report figures at different times.)

      This comes as Ontario’s lab network completed 49, 183 for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID – , and reported a test positivity rate of 2.1 per cent.

      Labs also confirmed 92 more cases linked to the virus variant first identified in the United Kingdom, bringing the total thus far to 500. Another four cases were confirmed to be the variant first found in South Africa, pushing the total to

      On Tuesday, 268 test samples provincewide were screened for the tell-tale spike gene that suggests the presence of a variant of concern. The spike was detected in 136, or about 40 per cent, of those samples. Those samples are then sent for whole genomic sequencing to determine the specific variant of concern.

      Meanwhile, the seven-day average of new daily cases fell to 1, 64.

      The Ministry of Education reported another 80 school-related cases: 77 students, 12 Staff members and three people who were not identified. Twenty-six schools are currently closed to the illness. That’s about 0. 64 per cent of Ontario’s 4, publicly -funded schools.

      A total of people with COVID – 21 were in hospitals, according to the Ministry of Health. Of those, 164 were being treated in intensive care and needed a ventilator.

      The additional deaths in today’s update push the province’s official toll to 7,0 30.

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