Ontario surpasses 300,000 total COVID-19 cases as province logs another 1,062 infections on Sunday

Ontario has now surpassed 300,000 total cases of COVID-19 as more than 1,000 new infections were logged in the province over the past 24 hours. Ontario recorded 1,062 new cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus on Sunday, down from the 1,185 confirmed on Saturday and the 1,258 logged on Friday.  Today’s tally is also down slightly from the 1,087 new infections reported one week ago, but the rolling seven-day average has increased week-over-week. The average number of new infections reported per day is now 1,104, up from 1,031 last Sunday. The total number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in the province is now 300,816. With 49,185 tests completed yesterday, the Ministry of Health is reporting a provincewide test

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City to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to those in Toronto’s shelter system

Starting next week, the city will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to people in Toronto’s shelter system. In a news release issued Sunday, Toronto Public Health confirmed that hospital and community health partners will start to vaccinate people experiencing homelessness, a group that has been identified by the province as a priority population during Phase 1 of the vaccination program. The city intends to start with shelters at the highest risk of COVID-19 outbreaks and will continue the rollout as more doses arrive in Toronto. “We are doing everything we can to support the provincial and federal government in the vaccine rollout. We are working to vaccinate those at highest risk in our city as quickly as possible,” Mayor John Tory

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Son charged with second-degree murder in mother’s death in Etobicoke park

A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of his 69-year-old mother in a park in Etobicoke on Friday morning. Officers were called to King’s Mill Park around 10:45 a.m. after a woman called them for help because “she was in crisis.” Police located the woman with significant injuries and she was pronounced deceased at the scene. Homicide detectives took over the investigation. On Saturday, police identified the woman as 69-year-old Kathleen Hatcher, of Toronto. The cause of her death is unknown. A post mortem is scheduled today. When speaking to the media on Friday, Duty Insp. Andy Singh said he believes the incident occurred between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. when the woman was walking in

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Ontario reports 1,185 new COVID-19 infections, 16 more deaths

Ontario is reporting more than 1,100 new coronavirus infections today, a slight decrease compared to a day ago. Health officials logged 1,185 new infections on Saturday, down from 1,258 on Friday. Provincial health officials reported 1,138 new cases on Thursday, 1,054 on Wednesday and 975 on Tuesday. The province’s seven-day rolling average is now 1,108, compared to 1,016 a week ago. There are currently 10,479 active cases of the virus across the province. Ontario also reported 16 additional fatalities on Saturday, raising the province’s virus-related death toll to 6,960. Of the latest deaths, one was a long-term care home resident. Yesterday, Ontario labs processed more than 59,400 tests, down from 64,049 tests the previous day. The province’s positivity rate has

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Barrie latest city placed under lockdown as province invokes emergency brake in Simcoe-Muskoka and Thunder Bay health units

The Ontario government is invoking its so-called “emergency brake” and placing both the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit under the grey lockdown category in its tiered framework for COVID-19 restrictions. The move means that the vast majority of non-essential businesses in both Simcoe-Muskoka and Thunder Bay will have to close as of 12:01 a.m. on Monday. Social gatherings will also be prohibited, except among members of the same household. Retail establishments are still permitted to operate but are limited to 25 per cent capacity unless they predominantly sell groceries, in which case they can have 50 per cent of their regular capacity. The additional restrictions come amid a recent rise in cases in both

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Death of woman at Etobicoke park being investigated as homicide

The death of a woman who was found with significant injuries at a park in Etobicoke Friday morning is being investigated as a homicide. Police were initially called to King’s Mill Park just before 11 a.m. after a woman called them for help because “she was in crisis.” Const. Andy Singh said when officers arrived, they found a woman in her 60s without vital signs and pronounced dead. “At this time, I’m not going to comment on the mechanism of the injuries. But once we’ve had an opportunity with autopsies, that will be forthcoming,” he said. Singh believes the incident occurred between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. when the woman was walking in one of the trails. “We’re still investigating

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Death of woman in Etobicoke park being investigated as homicide

The death of a woman who was found with significant injuries at a park in Etobicoke Friday morning is being investigated as a homicide. Police were initially called to King’s Mill Park just before 11 a.m. after a woman called them for help because “she was in crisis.” Duty Insp. Andy Singh said when officers arrived, they found a woman in her 60s without vital signs and was pronounced dead. “At this time, I’m not going to comment on the mechanism of the injuries. But once we’ve had an opportunity with autopsies, that will be forthcoming,” he said. Singh believes the incident occurred between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. when the woman was walking in one of the trails. “We’re

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Health officials name Vaughan, Ont. business where 53 workers contracted COVID-19

Health officials have issued a public notice on Friday after 53 COVID-19 cases were linked to a workplace outbreak in Vaughan, Ont. York Region Public Health declared an outbreak at Mobile Climate Control, a company that develops HVAC systems, on Feb. 3. Of the 53 cases linked to the outbreak, 11 people are from York Region, 25 are from Toronto, six are from Peel Region and one person is from the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph area. Investigators have said that no COVID-19 variants have been identified thus far in relation to the outbreak. “As the workplace is not open to the public, the risk is considered low to York Region residents,” health officials said in the notice. “Positive test results and information including

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Ontario reports 1,200+ new COVID-19 cases; no new long-term care deaths for first time in 4 months

Ontario reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 and 28 deaths on Friday, also marking the first day in four months where nobody in the long-term care system died of the disease. Ontario reported 1,138 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and 1,054 on Wednesday. It’s the fourth straight day of increases in the province, as all but 3 of Ontario’s 34 public health units reopened non-essential retail, restaurants and fitness centres earlier this week. The seven-day rolling average of cases now stands at 1,114, up from 1,098 on Thursday and 1,016 eight days ago. The number of active cases rose for the second day in a row, to 10,294, still well below our January peak of more than 30,000 active infections.

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Canada approves Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for immediate use

Health Canada has approved the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca, the third to be given the green light for national use. Canada has pre-ordered 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which was co-developed by researchers at the University of Oxford. It will also receive up to 1.9 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the global vaccine-sharing initiative known as COVAX by the end of June. Health Canada is also reviewing two other vaccines. Approval of Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine will likely not come until late February or early March and Novavax is not expected until April.

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