Ontario is facing a "triple threat" of viruses, COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), contributing to "extraordinary pressure" on the pediatric healthcare system.
In the wake of a new COVID-19 surge and a shocking flu season, many are wondering and debating whether it is time to bring back mask mandates. However, misinformation online and the lack of a coordinated public health response has left people confused about the right course of action.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford is maintaining that the province's healthcare system is meeting the needs of people in the province, as emergency and intensive care units in hospitals have been forced to shut down or reduce operations.
Here is how to book a COVID-19 vaccine in Canada for children between the ages of six months and five years old.
On Tuesday, mandatory random COVID-19 testing has resumed for fully vaccinated travellers arriving in Canada by air at the four largest Canadian airports, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto.
Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table released key messages on the province "likely" entering a new "wave" of the pandemic, led by the Omicron BA.5 subvariant, which includes urging the public to wear a mask in crowded indoor spaces again.
Ontario's NDP and Liberal parties are calling on Doug Ford's Conservative government to expand eligibility for fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
The two newest subvariants of the COVID-19 virus, BA.4 and BA.5, are shown to evade natural immunity, which means if you’ve had a COVID-19 infection previously, it won’t make much of a difference in terms of how sick you’ll get if reinfected. However, being vaccinated and boosted will help protect you from serious illness.
Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, indicated the province's mask mandate will not be reinstated, while its been estimated that Ontario is seeing 100,000 to 120,000 new COVID-19 cases a day.
Much of the COVID-19 discussions across Canada this week have been debates around whether reintroducing public health mandates, primarily masking, should be considered as cases continue to rise across the country.
Beginning Thursday, April 7, Ontario will expand eligibility for a fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. "As we continue to live with COVID-19, we are using every tool available to manage this virus and reduce its impact on our hospitals and health system, including by expanding the use of booster doses," a statement from Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health reads.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said Canada is in a period of "transition" in the COVID-19 pandemic, with anticipated resurgences in COVID-19 cases this spring, and also in the fall and winter season.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed its "cruise ship travel health notice" after two years of warning travellers about COVID-19 infections linked to boarding a cruise ship.
Masking rules came into question this week as several provinces, including Ontario, removed mask mandates this week.
People in Ontario are sharing their experiences from the first day masking in most indoor settings is not mandatory.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, fielded questions around what it would take for Canada to change the definition of a "fully vaccinated" traveller from two doses to three doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
Starting March 21, Ontario will begin the process of dropping mask mandates across the province, including in schools, stores, and restaurants. The announcement marks the first time residents of the province will have the option to un-mask in such spaces since 2020, two years ago.
New modelling data released by Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table shows that the province is no longer seeing COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions decline.
On March 11, 2020, the spreading COVID-19 virus was declared a pandemic and now two years later, Canadians are seeing significant public health rules and measures loosening, more so than we’ve seen in the last two years.
Mandatory mask mandates are slowly shifting in Canada, despite the continued spread of COVID-19. In Alberta, masks are no longer required, outside of public transportation, and Ontario is set to follow a similar path as of March 21.
As of March 21, the mandatory masking requirement in Ontario will be removed for most settings, including schools.
The government has announced that the mandatory PCR COVID-19 testing requirement for Canadians to travel back to the country will be removed for fully vaccinated travellers.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a historic movie by invoking Emergencies Act on Monday, in light of various anti-vaccine mandate protests that continue to take place across the country. It is an unprecedented move that would give the federal government all jurisdiction to deal with the scope of the problem in its entirety.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford started the week by announcing the province will remove vaccine certificate requirements, and ease restrictions starting Feb. 17.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency on Friday in response to the "siege" and "illegal occupation" of Ottawa, and in Windsor.