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What you need to know about COVID-19

UPDATE: The Ontario government announced that, starting July 17, certain regions of the province can increase indoor social gatherings to 50 people, outdoor social gatherings to 100 people and reopen most businesses and recreation activities. Read the Read the OMA's plan to support the safe reopening of Ontario.

VIRUSFACTS: Breaking News

Canada to release mask guidelines for children

The federal government will be releasing mask guidelines for children returning to school amid the novel coronavirus pandemic by the end of the week, chief public health officer Theresa Tam said.

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Opening of Indoor Bars in Ontario Potential Risk

TORONTO, JULY 17, 2020 – As some areas of the province move towards Stage 3 of reopening this Friday, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) is calling on government to rethink opening indoor bars.

Reopening the economy is important for Ontarians’ financial, social and developmental needs. At the same time reopening is not an all or nothing situation.  A balanced approach that considers the risk of disease transmission in different settings is essential to ensure a successful reopening that keeps safety a top priority.

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The Golden Horseshoe and what regions can now reopen in Ontario

Parts of Ontario outside of the Golden Horseshoe are officially moving into Stage 2 of reopening with more and more businesses allowed to resume service.

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Fourteen Days on the Covid Ward

I’m 32 years old and finished my medical residency two years ago. When the pandemic hit, I was put in charge of all infected non-ICU patients at Sunnybrook. What I learned will stay with me for the rest of my life.

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Ontario's Doctors post full page ad about virtual care and virtual appointments

The Ontario Medical Association has place a full page ad in the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail regarding virtual care and virtual appointments.

View or download the ad here.

Taiwan's coronavirus protocol might be seen as 'extreme' to Canadians, but it works

Let’s face it, from the first appearance of COVID-19, Canada has been in a better position than our large neighbour to the south—better prepared, better resourced and better organized. But our cases and accompanying deaths are still rising exponentially, while citizens are still hunkered down in basement bunkers, and the economy is in a steep nosedive. 

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CBC goes inside Toronto hospital to show the fight against COVID-19

You've likely seen the videos on social media: exhausted doctors and nurses pleading with the public to stay inside, to limit the spread of COVID-19 and avoid overwhelming hospitals. 

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Hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser launches PPE drive in Toronto amid COVID-19 pandemic

Hayley Wickenheiser can't believe how quickly her drive for personal protection equipment has come together.

The Canadian hockey legend, Ontario premier Doug Ford and an army of volunteers joined forces at a storage facility in Toronto on Saturday to collect, organize and then distribute badly needed medical equipment to front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Family doctors warn lack of face masks could force end to in-person visits

Family doctors are warning they’ll have to stop doing in-person examinations if they can’t get more face masks to protect themselves, staff and patients from potential transmission of COVID-19.

The shortage of protective equipment — also plaguing hospitals where masks are often rationed to two a day — could ironically put more pressure on emergency rooms at a time when they are preparing for a coronavirus surge.

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New data: Middle-aged Canadians most likely to catch COVID-19, so far

A federal government breakdown of COVID-19 cases across Canada shows that middle-aged people are catching the disease in the highest numbers.

Children and teens are by far the least likely to catch it — or at least they are testing positive in the lowest numbers, which could also mean that fewer in this age group are being tested.

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