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Don’t go to Quebec ERs unless necessary as coronavirus hospitalizations climb, health minister warns

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Quebecers are asked to avoid emergency rooms unless “really necessary” as hospitalizations linked to the novel coronavirus have risen by 50 per cent in the past three weeks and health-care workers say there is “unbelievable” demand on the system. Health Minister Christian Dubé says the province has crossed a line by topping more than 1,000 patients in hospitals to be treated for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, this week. There are about 2,164 beds set aside for coronavirus patients in hospitals, he explained, but the province is now adding beds in “non-traditional locations” such as hotels as […]

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62 coronavirus cases linked to Vaughan window manufacturing facility

62 coronavirus cases linked to Vaughan window manufacturing facility

York Region Public Health says 62 cases of COVID-19 have been detected at a window design and manufacturing facility in Vaughan. In a notice issued on its website, York Region Public Health said the cases are linked to a workplace outbreak at State Window Corp. on Hunter’s Valley Road. The local public health unit said that since the company is not open to the general public, the risk is considered low to York Region residents. York Region Public Health said it was first notified of a cluster of cases on Nov. 10 which has since grown to 62 coronavirus […]

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How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infections at Ontario’s long-term care homes

How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infections at Ontario’s long-term care homes

This is part of Global News’ special series Care Gone Wrong: Inside Ontario’s nursing homes. Click here to learn more about the series In the months since the coronavirus pandemic began, when Ontario’s long-term care homes were walloped by the deadly disease over the course of several weeks, the effort to protect the province’s seniors has almost been Herculean by many frontline workers and officials. With the promise of a vaccine to protect Ontario’s most vulnerable residents set against a recent increase in cases at long-term care settings, questions continue to be asked about what more can be done […]

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Manitoba Premier to hold press conference on Help Next Door site

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Manitoba’s premier is expected to give an update on a provincial website designed to link Manitobans with neighbours needing a little extra support during the COVID-19 pandemic at a media briefing Tuesday. Global News will stream Brian Pallister’s 11 a.m. press conference live in this story. Read more: Coronavirus: Manitoba creates online portal for neighbours to help neighbours The online portal, called helpnextdoormb.ca was created to connect those who want help with those who are able to help, Pallister said when the site went live back in March. A media invite to Pallister’s Tuesday morning press conference says he […]

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COVID 19 Alert app faces accessibility criticism for older Canadians, marginalized groups

COVID 19 Alert app faces accessibility criticism for older Canadians, marginalized groups

The federal government’s COVID-19 contact tracing app is facing criticism for its download requirements, which restrict some Canadians from accessing and using the app. The free “COVID Alert” app, which became available on Friday, is designed to track the location of phones relative to each other, without collecting personal data anywhere centrally. Read more: Can’t download the COVID Alert app? Your operating system may be too old (or new) Users are notified if their phones have recently been near the phone of a person who later volunteers that they have tested positive for COVID-19. But the app requires users […]

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Coronavirus face mask exemption cards are being sold online. Experts say they’re fake

Coronavirus face mask exemption cards are being sold online. Experts say they’re fake

As mandatory face mask bylaws pop up across Canada and the United States in order to deter the spread of COVID-19, so are fraudulent cards claiming to exempt people from the rule. If you do have a medical condition preventing you from wearing a mask, you do not need to prove it with a card, health officials say. Story continues below advertisement READ MORE: Phony medical face mask exemption cards confound Ontario and Toronto officials Toronto and Ottawa recently made it mandatory to wear masks in all indoor places. Quebec plans to make it mandatory on July 18. And […]

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