The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) updated guidance for COVID-19 vaccines to include the newly approved AstraZeneca vaccine Ontario surpassed 300,000 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
Nine public health units moved to different tiers within the COVID-19 provincial response framework at 12:01 a.m. this morning; Simcoe-Muskoka and Thunder Bay entered Grey-Lockdown.
The Ontario government increased support for transit across the province; an additional $150 million will be invested to help municipal transit systems address the financial impacts of the pandemic. The Ontario government is investing $14.3 million to support nearly 300 Seniors Active Living Centres; the funding will help deliver virtual initiatives to help keep seniors safe and socially connected as they continue to self-isolate due to COVID-19. The province is providing almost $10 million to help large municipalities find better and more efficient ways to operate and save taxpayers’ dollars.
Within the first two hours of opening, York Region vaccine clinics were fully booked; approximately 20,000 appointments were booked at all five York Region locations; as more vaccines become available, COVID-19 vaccine bookings will resumeI.
City of Toronto Mayor John Tory issued a statement on behalf of the Mayors and Chairs indicating their committed to COVID-19 vaccine rollout; the statement is available on Facebook and Twitter.
In his weekly video update, Dr. Kurji had important messages for those booking COVID-19 appointments and urged residents to remain patient, and emphasized residents will be notified as more appointment bookings become available
ASYMPTOMATIC SCHOOL TESTING
Symptomatic and asymptomatic voluntary screening in York Region schools is available at two voluntary, drop-in community-based COVID-19 testing sites: Vaughan George Bailey Public School, 9600 Keele Street, Maple, on every Friday, until Friday, March 192 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Aurora George Street Public School,115 George Street, Aurora, on every Wednesday, until Wednesday, March 172 p.m. to 8 p.m.
COVID-19 IN YORK REGION:
Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at york.ca/covid19data. As of March 1, 2021 at 5 p.m. there are:
28,912 total confirmed cases 86 new cases* since yesterday 80.4 average daily cases over past 7 days 46.9 total cases per 100K population 627 total variant cases identified 5 new hospitalizations138 confirmed cases in hospital, 24 of which are in Intensive Care 393 cases among health care workers, of which 391 cases have resolved0 new fatalities 524 total confirmed fatalities 27,624 resolved cases2.99% positivity rate** 48 open outbreaks under COVID-19 protocols 25 institutional (Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes/Community Care/Hospitals)3 Child Care Centre0 Emergency Housing2 Schools; 35 Schools under surveillance 18 Workplaces 713 closed outbreaks.
3 new cases reported today.