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Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 (nCoV-2019)

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Premier Doug Ford says he is reversing his government’s decision to ban playgrounds as one Toronto infectious diseases doctor called the closing down of outdoor spaces, including playgrounds, across Ontario the wrong move in the fight against COVID-19. From: https://www.cp24.com/news/premier-ford-reverses-decision-to-ban-playgrounds-amid-backlash-1.5391532

Majority of Ontario’s police services refuse to randomly stop residents despite Ford announcement​

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By Jennifer Pagliaro City Hall Bureau From: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/20...stop-residents-despite-ford-announcement.html
 

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Health Canada needs to update the ages so it can be used. Those who already had it could get their second shots rather than tossing it
 

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COVID-19 Update from Cardinal Collins (April 16, 2021)

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Restrictions for All Parishes in the Archdiocese of Toronto as of Monday, April 19, 2021
  • Parishes must restrict attendance inside the church to 10 people, including priests hearing confessions or a staff member/volunteer required to monitor capacity restrictions. Due to these measures, public Masses must be temporarily cancelled. Priests are asked to celebrate private Mass daily for the intentions of parishioners and for those suffering from COVID-19.

  • Churches, wherever possible and according to the judgement of the pastor, are encouraged to remain open for private prayer and for the faithful to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Parishes may also proceed with Holy Communion services on Saturday afternoon/evening or Sunday as in the past, if desired. Weddings, funerals and baptisms are restricted to 10 persons, including those who are involved in ministry (priest, cantor, etc.). First Holy Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmations should be postponed at this time. Please consult with your local parish as they develop their own plans in the coming days.

  • Virtual meetings should replace in-person meetings wherever possible. Parish offices will be operating with essential staff only – many will have extremely limited operating hours or conducting administrative business remotely. Once again, please consult with your local parish.

  • Given the alarming increase in new cases in recent days, the elderly, those with compromised immune systems or other health conditions are strongly encouraged to remain home. Livestreaming of services will continue where this practice is underway and the dispensation from the Sunday Eucharist remains. A full list of livestream services can be accessed here.
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With the limit being set at 10 people per church, are the parishioners allowed to accept an additional communion host for people unable to attend? Using a pyx?

"A pyx or pix (Latin: pyxis, transliteration of Greek: πυξίς, boxwood receptacle, from πύξος, box tree) is a small round container used in the Catholic, Old Catholic and Anglican Churches to carry the consecrated host (Eucharist), to the sick or those who are otherwise unable to come to a church in order to receive Holy Communion. The term can also be used in archaeology and art history to describe small, round lidded boxes designed for any purpose from antiquity or the Middle Ages, such as those used to hold coins for the Trial of the Pyx in England."

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Ontario reported 4,362 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, and hospitalizations as counted by the Ministry of Health surpassed 2,000 for the first time in the whole pandemic.

The seven day rolling average of new cases is now 4,341, down slightly from 4,370 yesterday.

The Ministry of Health says there are now 2,107 people being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals, up from 2,065 yesterday.

The number of those in intensive care units grew to 741 from 726 on Saturday. At least 506 people are breathing with the help of a ventilator.

These numbers represent record highs for the entire length of the COVID-19 pandemic in the province.

https://www.cp24.com/news/ontario-r...-hospitals-set-new-occupancy-record-1.5392123
 

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Sunday's update:

Today’s coronavirus news: Ontario reports 4,250 new cases and 18 deaths;​

This is such an avoidable mess. Here’s what should have been in place by Christmas 2020:
1) all offices closed, mandatory wfh, all schools move online. Remaining so until numbers in decline.
2) all retail, including supermarkets (where possible) curb side pick up only
3) all essential workers (grocery, warehouse, etc) cannot enter the workplace without a negative rapid test. Instead anyone not tested or with positive results sent home with govt-supported paid sick leave
4) Once seniors and healthcare providers vaccinated, the above group also fast tracked for vaccines over the general population.
5) No or limited focus on mass vaccination sites (aka public indoor gatherings). Instead, public health goes to the people, vaccinating from workplace to workplace.
 

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