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Office of the Mayor and Council update
March 12, 2021


 

 Minister Anand discusses diversity, inclusion and women in politics at 
"Women Who Inspire" event

 
 
Thank you to Councillor Pavan Parmar for hosting and Minister Anita Anand for speaking at last night’s Women Who Inspire International Women’s Day event, as well as everyone who joined us virtually for the webinar.
Both of these valued members of Team Oakville shared their stories of getting into politics and the challenges, and successes, they’ve faced as racialized women of colour and mothers growing their careers. The informative and personal discussion was inspiring and I’m grateful to them both for sharing their stories with us.

Of course a discussion with our Minister of Public Service and Procurement wouldn’t have been complete without an update on vaccines. As the hottest commodity in the country, and world, Minister Anand informed us that Canada will receive, from the current four approved suppliers:
  • 8 million vaccines by the end of March
  • 36.5 million vaccines by the end of June
  • 117.9 million vaccines by September
This means that there will be sufficient vaccine supply by the end of summer for all Canadians that want to be vaccinated. Once vaccine is received by the federal government, it is the responsibility of the provincial government to distribute and get it in the arms of those who want it.

Here in Halton, 7,667 doses of the vaccine have been administered in the last week, bringing our total number of vaccinations in the region to 40,922.

While the increasing number of vaccinations in our community is exciting and welcomed we must continue to follow the public health guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19, particularly as we saw in yesterday’s updating modelling from the province that Variants of Concern (VOC) are on the rise, as are case numbers as regions re-open and people circulate more.

Please only leave home for essential purposes such as work, school and medical appointments, stay home if you’re unwell and do not gather socially. Wash and sanitize your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, maintain a physical distance from anyone outside of your household and wear a mask when you can’t, even outside, and where mandated.

Following my three Cs of COVID-caution will also help when you do have to go out: Avoid crowded places, closed spaces and prolonged contact.

Replay event here.
 

The 3rd Annual "Women Who Inspire" International Women's Day Event



In an update to me today, General Hillier confirmed that 1,019,407 doses of vaccine have been administered across the province as part of the Three Phase vaccination process to:
  1. Prevent death
  2. Prevent illness, hospitalization and ICU admission
  3. Reduce transmission
With Ontario nearing the end of the first phase of the Three Phase approach to vaccination, the transition to Phase Two has been mapped out but General Hillier reminds us all that the timeline remains dependent on vaccine supply.

The province has also begun collecting sociodemographic data, on a voluntary basis, from individuals getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Collecting this data will help the province have a more complete picture of who is being vaccinated, help ensure access to the vaccine for communities who are at-risk and disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and ensure that everyone who wants to be vaccinated is being reached.

Read the full update here.


To see today’s updated COVID-19 statistics for Oakville from Halton’s Public Health Unit CLICK HERE
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Halton COVID case counts

There are currently 98 Active Cases in Oakville and 12 COVID-19 patients being cared for at OTMH (this number includes transfers from facilities outside of Halton Region).

Confirmed cases in Halton increased by +42 from 9601 to 9643, with +20 new confirmed cases in Oakville from 3037 to 3057.

There were +23 new reported recoveries in Oakville, from 2988 to 3011 and +45 new recoveries in Halton from 9421 to 9466.

Ontario is reporting 1,371 new cases today, bringing the total to 314,891. Of those, 296,252 are resolved with 7,127 deaths. Currently there are 676 patients in hospital, 282 of whom are in ICU with 189 of those on ventilators.

Source: Public Health Ontario
Halton COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard
The indicators are based on the Ontario Public Health Unit Core Indicators for COVID-19 Monitoring, with targets adapted to the local Halton context and population. Together the indicators are intended to provide an overall snapshot of current local data on the COVID-19 pandemic, to keep the community informed and assist with local decision-making.

Canada COVID case counts

As of this morning, Canada had recorded more than 899,757 cases of COVID-19 and 22,371 deaths. 846,714 Canadians have recovered from COVID-19.

As of this morning, more than 118.860 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, with more than 67.295 million of those cases considered recovered or resolved, according to a COVID-19 case tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll stood at more than 2.634 million.

COVID-19 vaccine tracker

Halton's COVID-19 vaccination program

COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario

Source: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario

As of Friday at 2:38 pm CST, more than 
2,799,043 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada.

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Town of Oakville - Ice Safety

Milder weather is here, which means ice on frozen ponds and streams is thin and unstable. The ice on these bodies of water is not safe to walk on and is never meant for recreation. Make the safe and smart choice by staying off of the ice.

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Oakville News - Halton Region is in a hiring blitz for immunizers

 

Halton Region is looking to hire a large number of healthcare professionals, including retired nurses, paramedics and current nursing students, to work at COVID-19 vaccination clinics across the region.

Read the full story.
 

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Oakville Beaver - Winter exhibitions reopening at Oakville Galleries

Oakville Galleries is delighted to announce the opening of our winter exhibitions— 'Hourglass', a solo exhibition by Colorado-based artist Senga Nengudi; and 'shape of a fever believer', an exhibition of works by Los Angeles-based artist Diedrick Brackens.

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Oakville Beaver - 5 quotes from the coyote meeting for Oakville and Burlington residents

 

Roughly 200 viewers tuned in to a coyote virtual town hall March 10 that assembled a panel of law enforcement officials, experts on the animal and politicians from both Oakville and Burlington. The two-hour long event allowed residents to ask questions on an increasingly pressing topic, as sightings of coyotes have become more common particularly around the lakeshore.

Read the full story.

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Ontario

Government of Ontario Announcements

Ontario Moving Three Regions to New Levels in the COVID-19 Response Framework

TORONTO — On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is moving three public health regions to new levels in the revised and strengthened Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, including moving Lambton Public Health into Grey-Lockdown. Decisions were made in consultation with the local medical officers of health and are based on the trends in public health indicators and local context and conditions.

"The latest modelling suggests we are at a critical stage in our fight against this devastating virus, and that the actions we take now will help ensure people stay safe," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "As we near completion of Phase One and prepare to rollout Phase Two of our vaccine distribution plan next month, we urge everyone to continue following all public health measures and advice to help prevent further transmission and protect our health system capacity."

Based on the latest data, the following three public health regions will be moving from their current level in the Framework to the following levels effective Monday, March 15, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.:

Grey-Lockdown

  • Lambton Public Health

Red-Control

  • Northwestern Health Unit

Yellow-Protect

  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit.

In addition, effective today at 12:01 a.m., the government, on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, activated an "emergency brake" in the Public Health Sudbury and Districts region, moving it to the Grey-Lockdown level. The decision was made due to the concerning trends in public health indicators and in consultation with the local medical officer of health.

Please visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse for the full list of public health region classifications.

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the province is also adjusting capacity limits for weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies held in regions currently in the Grey-Lockdown level of the Framework. Effective Monday, March 15, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies will be permitted to allow for up to 15 per cent total occupancy indoors, or up to 50 people outdoors.  

"While the data shows that Ontario's vaccine rollout is helping to save lives, the next few months are critical" said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. "We all must remain vigilant and continue following public health advice and measures to prevent transmission, as variants of concern are continuing to become more prevalent throughout the province and threaten to undue all of the positive gains we have all worked so hard to achieve."

The Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to consult with public health and other experts, review data, and provide advice to the government on the appropriate and effective measures that are needed to protect the health of Ontarians.

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Ontario Continues to Support Business Owners, Workers and Families during COVID-19

Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, issued the following statement in response to today's monthly employment release by Statistics Canada:

"Employment in Ontario increased by over 100,000 in February. In the last nine months Ontario has regained over 829,000 jobs overall, including 27,000 more men and women working  in our manufacturing sector.  Despite these positive numbers, thousands of workers, families and businesses — individual Ontarians, not simply numbers in a statistics report — continue to feel the impact of the global pandemic.

Our government understands the difficulty people are experiencing and that's why we are providing unprecedented support during the pandemic to help businesses and their employees.

To-date we have provided more than $1 billion in Ontario Small Business Support Grant payments. Nearly 100,000 businesses have received a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 in support after having to close or significantly restrict their operations due to the Provincewide Shutdown. Applications remain open until March 31, 2021.

Our government is also providing $600 million for property tax and energy cost rebates to support businesses required to close or significantly reduce services because of public health restrictions.

In addition, we recently expanded the number of small businesses that can apply for the Main Street Relief Grant to help offset the costs of purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE). Small businesses with two to 19 employees in all eligible sectors — expanded from two to nine employees — including those in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector, businesses can now apply for up to $1,000 in financial support.

There is light at the end of the tunnel. We are making steady progress executing our Vaccine Distribution Plan, and in fact have now administered more than one million doses of the vaccine. Until vaccines are provided to every person who wants one, we will remain focused on keeping people safe, protecting jobs and defeating the virus.

At the same time, we will continue to rely on our business owners to help pull us through these tough times with their innovation, strength, and resilience, demonstrating the best of the Ontario Spirit. By working together, we will defeat this terrible virus, restart the job creation engine of Canada, unleash the economic growth that will secure our recovery, and lay the foundation for a prosperous future."

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Ontario Investing in Music Industry During COVID-19

The Ontario government is investing $2.5 million through the Unison Benevolent Fund's COVID-19 Relief Program and the Canadian Live Music Association. This funding will help ensure Ontario's music industry is strong, vibrant and remains a source of pride for the province. 

Details were provided today by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. 

"Ontario's music industry provides thousands of jobs for musicians, stage and touring technicians, venue staff, agents and many others working behind the scenes," said Minister MacLeod. "That's why it's important to support individual musicians and local communities, so they can continue to meet their financial obligations, obtain and create sustainable opportunities, and plan for their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic." 

Unison Benevolent Fund will receive a one-time grant of up to $2 million to immediately support individual musicians and industry workers, many of whom have lost their sources of income during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unison Benevolent Fund's COVID-19 Relief Program provides direct emergency financial assistance to members of the industry to cover necessary costs so they can continue to enrich our communities through music. 

The Canadian Live Music Association will receive a one-time grant of up to $500,000 to support local communities that wish to develop and implement music city strategies in a post-COVID-19 economy. A music city is a community of any size with a vibrant music economy, where municipal governments, music stakeholders and community members work together to help artists and music businesses reach their full potential. This co-operation offers a range of benefits, including economic growth, job creation, tax revenue and cultural development.

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Capacity limits increasing for weddings and funerals as Ontario places more regions in lockdown

Ontario is increasing capacity restrictions for weddings and funerals and is moving more regions into the grey lockdown zone and other zones with tighter restriction as COVID-19 cases tick upward in the province.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on March 15, the Lambton Public Health Unit will be in the grey lockdown zone. At the same time, the Northwestern Health Unit will move to the red control zone and the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit will move to the yellow-protect zone.

The announcement comes a day after the province said it would use the so-called “emergency brake” to quickly move Sudbury into lockdown due to “concerning trends in public health indicators.” The lockdown for Public Health Sudbury and Districts region came into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

All of the regions being moved had been in less restrictive zones this week.

The province said the decisions were made in consultation with the local medical officers of health and based on trends in public health indicators and local context.

Read the full story.

 

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‘There is still much danger ahead:’ COVID-19 variants are spreading fast across Ontario, top doctor says

Ontario’s progress in lowering COVID-19 has “stalled” and cases are up 15 per cent in a week with more people out and about as contagious variants take a deeper hold, says a leader of the science table advising Premier Doug Ford.

“The risk of catching the disease has increased,” Adalsteinn Brown, head of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, warned as he presented new computer modelling that shows new infections rising from 1,099 Thursday to about 2,000 daily in early April in a best-case scenario.
“There is still much danger ahead.”

Statistics released by the province showed 43 per cent or 469 of the new cases reported Thursday are variants, up from one-third a week ago. Those case samples will go for genomic sequencing to determine the strain.
Brown said that, as predicted several weeks ago, cases of older, more traditional strains of COVID are falling as fast as the new strains — now dominant in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil and elsewhere — are rising.

“Two pandemics are playing out,” he told a briefing with Ontario’s chief medical officer, Dr. David Williams. “The new variants are not under control.”

Two-thirds of the 34 regional health units in Ontario are seeing increases in cases with about half of them experiencing growth of 30 per cent or more as restrictions on businesses have eased, he added. On Friday, the province will use its so-called “emergency brake” to put the Sudbury area back into lockdown.

More changes for other regions are expected to be announced Friday, said Williams, calling the variants a “minefield” and urging Ontarians to continue being cautious, distancing from others and wearing masks.

Read the full story.

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Opioid-related overdose deaths jump by 59 per cent in Ontario

Opioid-related overdose deaths increased by nearly 60 per cent in Ontario in the first 11 months of 2020, bringing renewed calls for a provincial overdose strategy.

The province recorded 2,167 confirmed and probable opioid-related deaths from January to November last year – a 59-per-cent increase over the same period in 2019, according to a report from the Office of the Chief Coroner.

B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan also had their worst years on record for drug deaths in the period since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The Ontario numbers show November was the deadliest month on record, with 240 opioid-related deaths – an average of eight a day.

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Canada

Government of Canada Announcements

Remarks from the Chief Public Health Officer on Friday, March 12, 2021 

Today, we’ll start with the numbers update, closing out a week of remembrance with renewed commitment to the efforts that will shape our future. To date, there have been 899,757 cases of COVID-19, including 22,371 deaths and over 30,670 currently active cases reported across Canada. Over the past week, an average of over 3,050 new cases and 31 deaths were reported daily. At the same time, over 2,050 people with COVID-19 were being treated in our hospitals each day, including about 540 in critical care. To date, close to 3,000 variant of concern cases have been reported across Canada, with the B.1.1.7 variant accounting for over 90 percent of these to date. This includes 2,728 B.1.1.7 variants, 215 B.1.351 variants and 43 P.1 variants reported to date in Canada.

During the past year, and in the lead up to yesterday’s national day of observance, I received many notes from Canadians sharing their reflections on the year that was, including the heartbreaks and the lessons that were revealed along the way. To all those who have lost loved ones during a year when we could not ease their passing or memorialise their lives as we would have, I extend my deepest sympathies. Though difficult times have passed without them, the day will come when we can gather again with friends and family, to honour their memory and celebrate their lives.

As vaccine programs continue to escalate, more than 2.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada. Over the past week, provinces and territories have administered close to 600,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, which is the highest number of vaccines administered in a single week since vaccination began in mid-December.

We are making progress everyday and as the snow melts and the first day spring is just over a week away, I know we are all anxious for the finish line on this long marathon. But right now, racing towards the finish could cost us the success we’ve worked so long and hard for. Right now, we need to run the mile we are in, and keep to a steady, cautious pace. Lets all continue to support team vaccine, by not providing any opportunities for team variant to gain more ground.

Before I close, I would like to say a special word of thanks to the incredible public health workforce in this country and around the world. Dedicated people, too numerous to count, have and will continue to work tirelessly behind the scenes, not just since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic but in the lead up, during and long after. From those who test and trace at the local level to those who bring us the latest numbers and pore over emerging evidence that shapes and adapts our guidance across every area of the response, Thank you. This is truly the largest, most complex response in the history of public health and the public health workforce in Canada has been dedicated to giving their best efforts everyday. On behalf of all these quiet heroes, I dedicate my closing public health message – please remain vigilant, follow public health advice, and keep up with individual practices that protect us and our families. It’s up to YOU plus public health!

Read my backgrounder to access COVID-19 Information and Resources, including information on vaccination and ways to reduce your risk of infection and spreading the virus to others.

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Government of Canada announces first federal fund for cycling paths and trails across the country 

Ottawa, Ontario, March 12, 2021 – Investing in public transit strengthens communities, helps Canadians get around in faster, cleaner and more affordable ways, and ensures good jobs today while charting a path to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Investing in pathways and trails for cycling, walking, hybrid e-bikes and scooters, and wheelchairs gives everyone the opportunity to get out, get active, and access public transportation.

Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Parliamentary Secretary Andy Fillmore announced $400 million over five years to help build new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges. This is the first federal fund dedicated to building active transportation through Canada – powered by people – and part of the Government of Canada’s plan to create one million jobs, fight climate change, and build a more sustainable and resilient economy.

Since 2015, the Government of Canada has invested in almost 650 kilometres of active transportation trails, bike and pedestrian lanes, and recreational paths. Projects include the Grouse Mountain Regional Park trails in North Vancouver, the Flora Foot Bridge in Ottawa, a bikeway extension in Corner Brook, and a new cycling path along the Mine, Notch and Kingsmere corridor in Chelsea, Quebec. As we build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic, we will expand these smart investments that support Canadians.

The new $400-million fund is part of an eight-year, $14.9-billion public transit investment outlined by Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister McKenna on February 10, 2021. It will support communities as they build vibrant neighborhoods where people can safely live, work and play. The fund will also help Canadians living in rural communities and places without active transportation options to unlock the potential in their communities.

In addition to this new fund, Minister McKenna and Parliamentary Secretary Fillmore also launched stakeholder engagement for Canada’s first Active Transportation Strategy. The strategy will be informed by input from the public and key stakeholders including provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous communities and not-for-profit organizations and businesses and will help the federal government make smarter investment decisions to:

  • Support the active transportation networks of the future; 
  • Promote healthier, walkable communities that are environmentally sustainable and affordable; and
  • Support better data collection to ensure measurable outcomes. 

Investing in active transportation will build strong communities across the country and deliver a better quality of life for all Canadians. Safe pathways and trails that connect to public transit will provide Canadians with more commuting options that reduce emissions and protect the environment. Together, we are building a cleaner, inclusive, and resilient country for generations to come.

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Trudeau says ramped up vaccine deliveries to bring 1M Pfizer doses per week to May 10

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Pfizer has guaranteed delivery of at least 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses per week starting later this month and lasting into early May.

Trudeau says the updated delivery schedule begins March 22 and runs to May 10. He says one million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines every seven days is "going to make a big difference."

The influx is more than double the 444,600 doses expected next week.That's on top of additional vaccine deliveries from Moderna, expected to bring 846,000 doses the week of March 22.

 Read the full story

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Vaccine and case counts will determine when border opens, says Trudeau

Canada will not reopen the U.S. border until vaccination rates and case counts reach levels that would make doing so safe for Canadians, says Prime Minister Trudeau.

Speaking to CTV’s Your Morning Friday, Trudeau did not rule out waiting until September or later to reopen the border, which has been closed since March 2020.

“We will see what vaccinations look like, we will see what case counts look like. We will listen to experts on when we can start easing restrictions, but the safety of Canadians needs to come first,” he said.

His remarks come in the wake of calls from some U.S. politicians to open the border in time for the start of summer. The border closure has been renewed on a monthly basis, and Trudeau said those renewals would continue.

“Even as Americans are getting lots of vaccines, we’re still seeing around 50,000 new cases a day in the United States,” he said. “Everyone looks forward to starting the travel again and we're certainly going to keep working closely with the United States as we have since the beginning of the pandemic. But the safety of Canadians is our single most and top priority.”

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Canada’s job market snaps back from second-wave setbacks

Canada’s job market snapped back in February, undoing close to all the damage inflicted by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The labour market added a net 259,200 positions in February, a result that blew past the consensus estimate of 75,000. The rapid gain coincided with an easing of health restrictions in several provinces and followed the loss of 266,000 positions in December and January. The unemployment rate fell to 8.2 per cent from 9.4 per cent, Statistics Canada said Friday.

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, employment is down by roughly 600,000 workers.

Friday’s results were heavily influenced by the looser state of lockdown measures as infections trended lower. As a result, Quebec added 112,600 positions last month, while Ontario gained 100,300. The retail and hospitality industries combined for an increase of roughly 187,000 jobs, while the private sector saw the bulk of hiring.

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International news

COVID infection rate in England hits lowest level since September as R number falls to between 0.6 and 0.8

The prevalence of coronavirus in England has fallen again - to the lowest level since late September, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

One in 270 people were infected with the coronavirus in the week ending 6 March, new ONS Infection Survey data shows, the equivalent of 200,600 people.

That figure is down from one in 220, or 248,100 people, estimated to have had COVID-19 in the previous week.

It is also the lowest figure since the week to 24 September when the estimate stood at one in 470, or 116,600 people.

But the number of people infected in England is still high when compared with last summer. In the week to 25 August around one in 2,000 people had coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the UK's R number has dropped to between 0.6 and 0.8, official figures show.

 Read the full story

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Biden eyes 4 July as ‘Independence Day’ from virus

President Joe Biden has said he is hopeful that America can "mark independence" from Covid-19 on 4 July if people get vaccinated.

In his first primetime address as president, Mr Biden said he would order states to make all adults eligible for vaccinations by 1 May.

Current measures prioritise people by age or health condition.

Mr Biden was speaking exactly a year to the day after the outbreak was classified a global pandemic.

Half a million Americans have since died - more than the death toll from World War One, World War Two, and the Vietnam War combined.

Schools have been closed, businesses shuttered and people kept apart.

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Italian government approves strict new Covid measures as cases rise

The Italian government has approved regulations that could result in half of the country, including Lazio, the region surrounding Rome, entering total lockdown from Monday as coronavirus infections surge.

The cabinet of the prime minister, Mario Draghi, has given the green light to a decree that will categorise regions as being in high-risk “red zones” if they have more than 250 weekly cases per 100,000 residents.

Italy registered 25,673 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday and 373 deaths.

The regions facing complete lockdown from Monday include Lombardy, Lazio, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Piedmont, Marche and the province of Trento, according to reports in the Italian press.

Campania and Bolzano province were already in the red zone and will stay there, while Abruzzo, Calabria, Liguria, Molise, Puglia, Sicily, Umbria and the Aosta Valley will be in the slightly less stringent orange zone. Sardinia was classified in the lowest-risk white zone earlier this month and will stay there.

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In other COVID news

No reason not to keep using AstraZeneca vaccine, says WHO

World Health Organization expert advisory committee is looking at the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine after some countries paused its distribution, but there is no reason not to use it, a spokeswoman has said.

Health authorities in countries including Denmark, Norway and Iceland have suspended use of the vaccine in response to reports of the formation of blood clots in some people who have received it.

Margaret Harris told a briefing on Friday it was an “excellent vaccine” and that no causal relationship had been established between it and the health problems reported.

“It’s very important to understand that, yes, we should continue to be using the AstraZeneca vaccine,” she said.

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Abandoning masks now is a terrible idea. The 1918 pandemic shows why.

Abandoning masks and social distancing now would be the worst possible move for Americans and their political leaders. The 1918 pandemic teaches us why.

That pandemic came in waves that were much more distinct than what we have experienced. The first wave was extraordinarily mild. The French Army suffered 40,000 hospitalizations but only about 100 deaths. The British Grand Fleet had 10,313 sailors fall ill — but only four deaths. Troops called it “three-day fever.” It was equally mild among civilians and was not nearly as transmissible as influenza normally is.

Like SARS-CoV-2, the 1918 influenza virus jumped species from an animal to humans. As it infected more humans, it mutated. It became much more transmissible, sweeping across continents and oceans and penetrating everywhere. And as it became more transmissible, it caused a much, much more lethal second wave. It became the worst version of itself.

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The Year Grandparents Lost

The enforced separations of the pandemic have caused widespread sorrow for grandparents. Whether they live an ocean apart or around the corner, many have had to cancel visits, forgo holiday gatherings and give up the ordinary pleasures of reading stories and playing games. Even though distancing protects grandparents’ physical health and safety, because elders are at higher risk, it has been a painful time.

And it’s not entirely behind us. The vaccine rollout may prompt a spate of joyful reunions in coming weeks; new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that fully vaccinated grandparents can now safely visit with grandchildren.

But, in many states, older people are still scrambling for appointments and the C.D.C. has maintained its warnings against travel. Ms. Koehler, who doesn’t yet qualify for vaccination in Michigan, will watch Elya’s birthday party via Zoom.

Read the full story.

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Food Banks experiencing record demand


Oakville's food banks are in record-breaking demand. If you can donate anything, please do. Your help is needed.

Fareshare Food Bank Oakville:
905-847-3988
oakvillefoodbank@gmail.com

Kerr Street Mission
905-845-7485
kerrstreet.com

The Salvation Army Oakville
salvationarmy.ca

 


Oakville Meals on Wheels continues to operate 


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakville Meals on Wheels continues to operate under increased safety measures.
Learn more 

Oakville Fare Share Food Bank new hours

The demand for service at the Oakville Fare Share Food Bank have almost doubled over the last nine months and as a result, hours will increase to serve everyone.

The new hours are:
Monday 9.30 am to 2.30 p.m.
Thursday 2 to 7 p.m.

This is an increase of two hours per week and will continue until at least the end of February 

Upcoming events

United Way Women United campaign runs through March

In honour of International Women’s Day, United Way Halton & Hamilton is hosting a month full of events. Visit https://www.uwhh.ca/womenunited/
 
Have your say on new $5 bill

Sign the petition to have Terry Fox as the finalist for the next great Canadian to be honoured and featured on the back of the newly proposed $5 bank note.

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