Ontario hits another record, 1,924 new COVID cases

Ontario hits another record, 1,924 new COVID cases

The health minister said it's the government's goal to ensure everyone is properly educated when it comes to getting vaccinated and though the process is mandatory, Elliott revealed that some people could face restrictions if they opt not to get the vaccine.

The province is prioritizing regions with the highest rate of COVID-19 infection, including those in the red-control and lockdown zones under the province's restrictions guidelines. There are now 33 cases with pending residence information There are currently 324 cases that are health care workers; however, the source of the infections is not related to their work environments in all instances.

"Our first shipments of a very small number of doses could arrive as early as next week", Premier Doug Ford said. "This risk affects all patients, not only those with COVID-19 - the postponement of cardiac or cancer surgeries, for example, puts thousands more in harm's way".

Ontario may not be able to administer COVID-19 shots inside long-term care homes and retirement homes immediately due to concerns that one of the vaccines the province is set to receive could deteriorate with too much movement.

Logistics challenges could prevent those initial 85,000 vaccines from going to the province's most vulnerable residents, though.

The province says 116 of its 626 long-term care homes are experiencing an outbreak.

Elliott said Ontario will issue government documentation so that people can prove they have received the vaccine.

"While seniors and other vulnerable populations are at greatest risk from COVID-19, we have also seen serious health consequences and deaths among younger people, and we appeal to them to follow public health guidelines and thank those that are doing the right thing".

On the local front, meanwhile, Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health reported three new cases of the virus Monday.

Four of the cases are close contacts of previously confirmed cases and are self-isolating.

There have been seven deaths, and the number of active cases is 82.

Another 26 lives were lost for a pandemic total of 3,798 COVID-19-related deaths.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force is focusing on key areas such as distribution, logistics and administration, clinical guidance and surveillance, data, IT and reporting, and public education and outreach. In total, 109,402 people who had COVID-19 have recovered since the beginning of the pandemic.

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