Ontario to ease COVID-19 restrictions by the end of the month

Effective Jan. 31, at 12:01 a.m., Ontario will begin the process of easing COVID-19 restrictions, while maintaining protective measures (i.e., (enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements, which would continue to apply in existing settings). The announcement was made on Thursday afternoon by Premier Doug Ford and his cabinet. Ford stated that the evidence tells

Health Canada approves Pfizer COVID-19 oral treatment Paxlovid for adults

On Monday, Health Canada approved Pfizer’s oral antiviral treatment, Paxlovid, to treat mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 in people 18 and older. Health Canada based its decision on clinical data from the Phase 2/3 trial (Evaluation of Protease Inhibition for COVID-19 in High-Risk Patients), which enrolled non-hospitalized adults aged 18 and older with confirmed

Ontario to investigate and fine those caught reselling COVID-19 rapid tests online

With a scarcity of tests available and Ontarians desperate to get tested before holiday gatherings, a few people have been caught online trying to resell their free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for a quick buck. After catching wind of the scheme, the Ontario government announced they’ll be “tracking” down individuals, businesses and corporations attempting to

Petition demanding free COVID-19 tests to every household in Ontario gathers steam

A petition urging Ontario Premier Doug Ford to provide free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to every household in Ontario is gaining traction—as of publication, it has received over 1,500 signatures. The petition, created on Monday by Birgit Umaigba, notes that COVID-19 cases are rising by the day, and that research shows that rapid antigen tests

Ontario reports 959 new COVID-19 cases, 469 in the unvaccinated as Province announces booster plans

Ontario reported 959 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, an increase from the 780 cases reported Wednesday; the cumulative provincial case count now stands at 620,229. The province also reported eight more deaths (up from the 6 deaths reported the previous day), with a cumulative provincial total of 10,012 deaths to date. According to Health Minister

Ontario might soon offer symptomatic COVID-19 testing inside pharmacies

Ontario’s Ministry of Health will soon allow pharmacies to conduct COVID-19 tests on symptomatic individuals for the first time—as early as this week, reports suggest. In a press conference, Premier Doug Ford confirmed that PCR tests could be performed safely without putting other customers at risk, as there would be “protocols in place”, including masking

In a COVID-19 world, is cuffing season still upon us in Toronto?

Does the colder weather have you itching to run full tilt into the arms of another human? For 20 months now, human connection has been precarious, with countless closures and stay-at-home orders thanks to COVID-19, forcing singles to weather the changing seasons alone. Now that vaccinations have introduced some sense of normalcy in our day-to-day

Ontario reports less than 300 new COVID-19 cases for the first time since August

Ontario reported 269 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday—it’s the first time since early August that Ontario has reported under 300 new COVID-19 cases. The new case numbers are also a moderate drop from the 326 cases reported on Monday, 370 cases reported on Sunday and 373 reported for Saturday. The province also reported five new

This new Canadian clothing line claims to kill COVID-19 particles on contact

You’ve got your masks, you’ve got your physical distancing, you’ve got your vaccine, but don’t forget your… trench coat? That’s what Canadian brand NONIE, worn by the likes of Megan Markle, is suggesting with their new antiviral trench coat that has the potential to stop the spread of COVID-19 & SARS viruses. The fully recyclable,

Where can Canadians travel with mixed COVID-19 vaccines?

Good news for Canadians with mixed-COVID-19 vaccinations who plan to visit the U.S. by car in coming weeks—the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on Friday that it will accept mixed-dose coronavirus vaccines from international travelers. The U.S. will opens its land borders with Canada and Mexico to vaccinated travelers on Nov.

Ford releases new details about Ontario’s QR code COVID-19 vaccine certificates

The Ontario government is making enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificates with QR codes available for download beginning this week, based on birth month: October 15, 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.: All individuals born between January and April can download their QR codes. October 16, 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.: All individuals born between May and August

Ontario reports 848 COVID-19 cases over last two days as capacity limits lifted across province

On Tuesday, the province reported 390 new cases of COVID-19—260 cases are in people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 130 are in fully vaccinated individuals. Tuesday’s cases are a moderate decrease from the 458 new cases recorded for Monday—333 cases were in individuals who are not fully vaccinated

Ontario schools report 286 active COVID-19 cases, 25 in Toronto

Ontario’s public school boards reported 286 active cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday (an increase from the 189 cases reported the previous day), with 109 active cases of COVID-19 reported in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The Toronto District School Board reported the most cases in the region—25 (18 students and 7 staff) from

Ontario reports 1,145 COVID-19 cases over two days as school set to reopen

Ontario reported 1,145 COVID-19 cases over a two-day period, with 581 cases recorded on Monday and 564 recorded on Tuesday (the province didn’t report COVID-19 case numbers on Monday as it was a statutory holiday). The numbers are moderately lower from the 811 cases reported on Sunday, 944 cases reported on Saturday, and 807 cases

Here’s full breakdown of Ontario’s new COVID-19 vaccine passport system

Ontario Premier Doug Ford today announced his government’s plans to implement a COVID-19 vaccine passport certification program in Ontario, effective Sept. 22. Proof of vaccination will be required to access non-essential businesses across the province, such as indoor bars and restaurants, nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment), meeting and event spaces (such as banquet

As fourth wave takes hold Ontario reports 486 new COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths

Ontario reported 486 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday (a decrease from the 639 cases reported on Monday)—372 cases are in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 114 are in fully vaccinated individuals. The province also reported 18 new deaths (although 16 of the deaths occurred more than

Seven places for same-day COVID-19 test results in Toronto

Anyone who needs a COVID-19 test who meets the Government of Ontario’s eligibility guidelines can get one at no cost. In the GTA, there are approximately 171 COVID-testing locations, including assessment centres (tests people with symptoms, exposure, or those in certain groups); community labs (tests people with symptoms, exposure, or those in certain groups); and