The COVID REPORT October 14-2021

Stage four of recovery plan

We could be entering Stage Four of the province’s COVID-19 recovery program as soon as next week.

The CBC reports the Ford cabinet will be considering changes that would eliminate capacity limits in all locations where proof of vaccination is required.

That would include restaurants and bars, which have been sharply critical of the government’s decision to leave them behind while allowing expanded attendance at large venues, such as theatres and sporting events.

However, the compulsory use of face masks would remain in place.

The government delayed a move into Stage Four in August, as COVID-19 cases began to rise.

But the latest figures show the numbers have been declining again … yesterday’s 306 new diagnoses was the lowest in two months.

Currently, 88 per cent of Ontarians 12 and older have received at least one shot of vaccine … 83 per cent are fully inoculated.

Doctors encouraged to see patients in Ontario

Ontario’s chief medical officer of health is urging doctors to see their patients in person again.

In a letter to doctors across the province, Doctor Kieran Moore says, with high vaccination rates and protective equipment in place, it’s safe to see patients in their offices.

Moore says they’ve received an increasing number of complaints from people whose doctors still won’t provide in-person care.

He notes that there are limits to what can be achieved through virtual visits.

Saskatchewan in a bad way

The COVID-19 situation in Saskatchewan has become so serious that it may be transferring some of its intensive care patients to hospitals in Ontario this week.

The province has already cancelled elective surgeries and is treating adults in children’s hospitals as the number of coronavirus cases being admitted continues to grow.

The head of Saskatchewan’s health agency says they’re close to triaging patients, that is deciding who gets treatment and who does not because the ICU’s are overwhelmed.

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