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Ontario/Canadian-Media: For the first time in more than six weeks, Ontario reported another 1,138 cases of COVID-19 infections today compared to last three days infections of 1,117, 10,071 and 10,050 respectively.
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The new cases today include 339 in Toronto, 204 in Peel Region, 106 in York Region, and 44 in Thunder Bay.
The seven-day average of new daily cases in Ontario increased for a fifth straight day to 1,099.
Ontario also reported a total of 449 cases involving the COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom, 54 more than there were in yesterday's update.
Two weeks ago, Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, co-chair of Ontario's science advisory group said projections indicated more contagious variants of COVID-19 were spreading.
Ontario/Canadian-Media: Vaccine rollout details were provided on Feb 19 by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, and General Rick Hillier (retired), Chair of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force during a news conference.
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Ford urged the federal government partners to accelerate receipt of more vaccines to better protect people to defeat this deadly virus.
"This week we reached an incredible milestone in our fight against the virus with the administration of over half a million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine...This upcoming increase in vaccine supply will allow us to expand our vaccination efforts for Phase One priority groups further as we prepare for Phase Two," said Elliott
An online booking system is being developed to support Phase Two of vaccination roll-out expected to begin in April 2021. And for those who are unable to book an appointment through the online tool, a customer service desk will be made available. All Details will be provided over the coming weeks.
"As we prepare for a broader rollout in Phase Two, we ask Ontarians to stay the course and follow public health guidance to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus to help save lives," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.
Commending Ontario's health care workers for their exceptional job of completing the first 500,000 vaccinations said General (Ret'd) Rick Hillier said, "and I want them to know that they are the real heroes of this important work."
During vaccination rollout all Ontarians are advised to stay at home as much as possible and continue following regional public health measures, restrictions, and advice to protect the most vulnerable populations and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
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Alberta/Canadian-Media: Premier Jason Kenney announced in a press conference today that all seniors aged 75 and older will be able to book appointments for COVID-19 vaccines beginning next Wednesday, and residents of lodges and other continuing care facilities will be offered the vaccine beginning Friday.
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"As you know, about two-thirds of deaths from COVID-19 in Alberta have occurred in those settings and we are very happy to see that since the vaccines began in long-term care centers that the number of infections, of outbreaks, of hospitalizations and of fatalities coming from long-term care has fallen dramatically," Kenney said in the news conference.
Starting next Wednesday, Kenney said that seniors born in 1946 or earlier could register for appointment by phone and online through Alberta Health Services and added details will be posted to the province's and Alberta Health's website.
The first shots will be given at pharmacies that are ready and able to store Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at the appropriate low temperatures, said Alberts's Health Minister Tyler Shandro who also attended the news conference and added that the vaccines will also be given out by family physicians.
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Canada/Canadian-Media: Housing First program is an essential lifeline right now in Canadian provinces and cities including Regina, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Hamilton, and Fredericton, experiencing frigid temperatures providing safe permanent housing to homeless people, without preconditions, addiction, and mental health challenges, media reports said.
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“Housing is not contingent upon readiness, or on ‘compliance’ (for instance, sobriety). Rather, it is a rights-based intervention rooted in the philosophy that all people deserve housing and that adequate housing is a precondition for recovery,” says Housing First in Canada: Supporting Communities to End Homelessness."
Saskatchewan (SK), for example, hit by bitter cold had to cut capacity to allow for physical distancing, had seen this year two freezing deaths in the city of Saskatoon (SK) as homeless people desperately search for spots in shelters or warming places to briefly escape the cold.
"It doesn't matter if people are sober, it doesn't matter if they have bad records of tenancy — nothing matters as long as they are homeless and in need of supports," said Kendra Giles, manager of innovative housing programs at Phoenix Residential Society in Regina.
"We put [housing] in place first, and then you can work on everything else after," CBC News reported.
For the expansion of its managed alcohol program, Phoenix Residential Society in Regina received additional money from the federal Reaching Home program for its support teams to services, including driving clients to medical appointments, teaching them how to cook and clean, managing their finances, and providing addictions counseling.