Hospital only local facility on outbreak list

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Local COVID case numbers are on the way down again, with only six cases recorded in the township as of Tuesday evening. The Uxbridge Cottage Hospital is contending with a few cases, however, and is still on Durham Region’s covid tracking outbreak list. Butternut Manor, Douglass Crossing and Reachview Village have cleared their outbreaks.

Worries surrounding the possible community transmission of another COVID-19 variant are on the rise, however, and the Canadian government hopes to crack down on those entering from outside of the country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that mandatory PCR testing would soon be required for travelers entering Canada, in addition to the pre-departure testing that was mandated earlier this year. This new testing requirement could be implemented as soon as today, Feb. 4.

Travellers will be required to await their test results at a government-approved hotel, a stay that would be at their own expense and could cost upwards of $2,000.

Transport Canada says there are very few exceptions to these rules, and many airlines have already agreed to halt service to Mexico and all Caribbean countries until the end of April.

Amidst a national vaccine shortage, with the inability to produce vaccines at home, Canada has been at the mercy of foreign governments, but that is set to change. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that production for vaccine development has been secured here in Canada.

“Precision NanoSystems and Novavax are now on track to manufacture vaccines right here in Canada,'' said Trudeau. Novavax will be produced in Montreal and, pending Health Canada approval, millions of Novavax doses will start rolling out as early as this summer.

While the Prime Minister half-joked on Tuesday that “the whole past year has felt like Groundhog Day,” he also shared some hope by reiterating that Canada aims to “hit our vaccine target by the end of March” and that all those who wish to be vaccinated, will be vaccinated by September.”

Justyne Edgell, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Uxbridge Cosmos