Board of Health Has Positive Outlook on Current Pandemic Conditions

The Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Board of Health met on Wednesday in a hybrid format. For the first time in over two years most board members and staff got together in the same room at Public Health’s Chancellors Way headquarters while others tuned in via Zoom, so one might be forgiven for assuming that the pandemic is almost over. Dr. Nicola Mercer made it clear though that there’s still some I’s to dot and T’s to cross. Continue reading “Board of Health Has Positive Outlook on Current Pandemic Conditions”

Dr. Moore Reappears to Try and Calm Fears Around the Sixth Wave

Over a month since the last time he appeared in front of reporters, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario Dr. Kieran Moore returned to the media studio at Queen’s Park to respond to the sixth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. While he proposed no new mandates, there was a potential for the reconsideration of lifting future mandates at the end of the month, plus the expansion of therapeutics. Continue reading “Dr. Moore Reappears to Try and Calm Fears Around the Sixth Wave”

Public Health Expands 4th Doses as Mercer Tells Health Board the 6th Wave is Under Control

More and more we’re hearing the words “sixth wave”, so if we’re seeing another increase in COVID-19 cases, then we need a reaction from our local public health unit, right? On Wednesday, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health announced an expansion of who’s eligible for a fourth vaccine dose, while Medical Officer of Health Dr. Nicola Mercer tried to assure the Board of Health that things are in hand. Continue reading “Public Health Expands 4th Doses as Mercer Tells Health Board the 6th Wave is Under Control”

Another Outbreak at GGH as Health Advocates Advise (Again) the Pandemic’s Not Over

Yes Virginia, there’s still a COVID-19 pandemic out there. Even before the Guelph General Hospital announced another COVID outbreak in the building, healthcare advocates spent their Tuesday reminding the public that the pandemic is still happening, and COVID-19 is still a threat even if you have all your COVID shots. Continue reading “Another Outbreak at GGH as Health Advocates Advise (Again) the Pandemic’s Not Over”

GUELPH POLITICAST #313 – Still COVID with Dr. Mercer (Winter Edition)

As you click play on this episode, we’re officially in a new phase of the pandemic. More restrictions were lifted on March 1, and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is assuring us that it’s only a matter of time now till our masking days are behind us. So it’s good news, right? Maybe. Let’s ask *the* local expect if the reason for optimism is real! Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #313 – Still COVID with Dr. Mercer (Winter Edition)”

RECAP: Staff Tells Board of Health They’re Pretty Sure Omicron’s Peaked

The Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Board of Health met for the first time in 2022 on Wednesday, and for obviously reasons COVID-19 and the Omicron wave took up most of the discussion. At the same time, public health staff are trying to get back on track with vaccinating local young people with all the other shots they need, so there’s lots of good info both pandemic related and not. Check out the recap below. Continue reading “RECAP: Staff Tells Board of Health They’re Pretty Sure Omicron’s Peaked”

Biggest Anti-Lockdown Rally Yet Storms Old Quebec Street

The Guelph edition of this weekend’s nation-wide protest against anti-lockdown measures and vaccine mandates was the largest such gathering in Guelph yet, and the emboldened crowd made it a road show. After hearing speeches in front of City Hall, a few hundred people marched up Wyndham Street, and entered Old Quebec Street maskless as an act of organized defiance. Continue reading “Biggest Anti-Lockdown Rally Yet Storms Old Quebec Street”

Elliott and Moore Say There’s Reason for Hope (Not a Guarantee)

Will Ontario businesses be allowed to open again exactly one week from now? That was not a question firmly answered by the Minister of Health and the Chief Medical Officer of Health on Wednesday at a media conference. One day after Premier Doug Ford told an Ottawa radio station that there will be good news about the lockdown conditions later this week, Christine Elliott and Dr. Kieran Moore seemed to signal that’s still TBD. Continue reading “Elliott and Moore Say There’s Reason for Hope (Not a Guarantee)”

Guelph Protesters Warm Up Before Country-Wide Freedom Rallies Next Weekend

Next weekend, there are a series of so-called freedom rallies planned for our region, around Ontario, and across the country. Perhaps as a warm up act, or perhaps just to warm up, about two dozen people gathered at Wellington Street and Gordon Street to protest the new provincial lockdowns, vaccine mandates, masking rules, and the general malaise of the pandemic. Continue reading “Guelph Protesters Warm Up Before Country-Wide Freedom Rallies Next Weekend”

Public Health Changes Who Can Drop-In, and Who Has to Book For a Shot

It’s been a long week of bad news and it’s only January 5, whether or not the following news is bad may depend on your point of view though. On Wednesday, Wellingt0n-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health announced that they’re changing who can just drop by a vaccine clinic, and who has to go through regular channels to book an appointment. On the bright side, if you still need a first shot, this is your time! Continue reading “Public Health Changes Who Can Drop-In, and Who Has to Book For a Shot”