Local News

Health experts press Ottawa for a more ‘balanced approach’ to tackling COVID-19 pandemic

Date Published: July 7, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

Eighteen health leaders in Canada have called for a more “balanced approach” to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that the current approach carries “significant risks to overall population health and threatens to increase inequities across the country.” Canada has had success in controlling COVID-19 […]

Masks mandatory as of midnight in Ottawa, region

Date Published: July 6, 2020

Source: CBC

Wearing masks in public indoor spaces are now mandatory in eastern Ontario, including Ottawa, in Stage 2 of Ontario’s reopening plan. Exemptions will be made for children under two years of age and those who are unable to wear masks […]

Ontario records no new COVID-19-related deaths for first time in months

Date: July 6, 2020

Source: CTV News

For the first time since March, Ontario reports no new COVID-19-related deaths in the province today. To date, the province has reported that a total of 2,689 people have died due to the virus. This news comes as health officials also report a slight uptick in the number of new COVID-19 cases, confirming an additional 154 new cases. […]

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International News

Coronavirus: world treating symptoms, not cause of pandemics, says UN

Date: July 6, 2020

Source: The Guardian

According to a UN report, diseases are expected to jump from animals to humans in the following years due to the destruction of nature and growing demands for meat. Prior to COVID-19, two million per year died from zoonotic diseases, largely in lower income countries. […]

Lockdown ordered for 200,000 in northeastern Spain due to COVID-19 outbreaks

Date Published: July 4, 2020

Source: CNN

Segrià county in the Lleida region of northeastern Spain has been ordered back into lockdown, marking the first confinement order that Spain has imposed since lifting its national lockdown on June 21. The confinement applies to approximately 200,000 people, and will be monitored by 24 police checkpoints […]

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Latest Press Conferences

Ontario opens up COVID-19 testing across the province

Date Published: May 29, 2020

Source: Ontario News

On Friday, the Office of the Premier announced in a news release that Ontario is opening up COVID-19 testing across the province. As part of the next phase of the Ontario government’s COVID-19 testing strategy to detect and quickly stop the spread of the virus, testing has been expanded for the general public, frontline workers, first responders, and workplaces across the province. […]

Health Canada releases COVID-19 modelling

Date Published: April 9, 2020

Source: The Toronto Star

Health Canada and The Public Health Agency of Canada released their projections on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic today. They stressed that their projections were only estimates and that the ultimate trajectory of the epidemic in Canada depended on the actions that people in Canada took in the weeks and months moving forward. […]

Government of Canada – COVID-19 Prevention: Wearing Non-Medical Masks

Date Published: April 7, 2020

Source: Government of Canada

Yesterday, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, advised Canadians to wear homemade cloth masks when out in public to reduce the spread of the virus. It is important to reiterate that non-medical masks are not equivalent to medical-grade masks, such as N95 masks. These homemade masks are no more effective than the widely known recommendation to cough or sneeze into a tissue or sleeve instead of your hands or the air. […]

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