Premier Doug Ford says a ‘very comprehensive’ back-to-school plan will be announced early next week, adding he has every confidence the province will be ready for September.
The plan to include safety protocols for students and teachers, but he would not elaborate.
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, hinted this week there could be separate sets of rules based on vaccination status.
On Thursday, Public Health Ontario reported 218 new cases of COVID-19 along with 169 more recoveries and 3 additional deaths. There were 89,157 vaccines administered across the province yesterday, and 19,425 tests were processed. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported six new cases of COVID-19. To date, 68.7% of Simcoe-Muskokans 18+ have gotten their first shot, 55.4% their second.
Military helping enforce COVID lockdown in Australia
Sydney, Australia has called in the military to enforce a COVID lockdown now into its 6th week. The call comes after the city posted a record one-day rise in cases.
Lockdown restrictions, including mandatory use of masks outdoors and staying within a five-kilometre radius of home, have been extended for another month.
Retirement home GM had door handles removed from some rooms
The general manager (since placed on leave) of a retirement home in Courtice, east of Toronto, is facing charges of unlawful confinement. He’s accused of ordering staff in February to take the door handles from the units of some residents who had tested positive for COVID.
They were replaced several days later when a head office employee discovered the policy violation and filed a report.
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