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Canadians are struggling to get tested for COVID-19. An epidemiologist and associate professor at the University of Ottawa explains that tests are might be reserved for healthcare workers or people who need them for clinical diagnostic purposes. “If you’ve got symptoms, we ask you to stay home and isolate until they abate,” he said. Another expert said that “you may need to reach out and go for a visit to an urgent care clinic, perhaps, or an emergency department if that gets very severe.”
All eligible adults in Ontario can book COVID-19 booster shots starting Monday, December 20, as part of an accelerated rollout of third doses that will be the centrepiece of the province’s response to the highly infectious Omicron variant. Eligibility for boosters was shortened from six months to three months — or 84 days — from a person’s second vaccine dose. That time frame will apply to all newly eligible people 18 or older.
The province of Ontario, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is taking further action to protect the health and safety of residents, healthcare workers, and caregivers in long-term care and retirement homes from COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. These temporary measures will help reduce the risk of transmission during the winter months and protect the progress the province has made in stopping the spread of the virus and its variants throughout these settings.
Ontario health units are recommending stronger precautions against COVID-19 as infections rise, including advice to limit indoor holiday gatherings to fully vaccinated guests other than young children. The guidance comes as Ontario’s cases continue an upward climb, more cases of the Omicron variant crop up, and the province’s science experts predict the health system is likely to be strained in the coming weeks.
Nurse practitioners, or NPs, are registered nurses who have completed additional training, education, and nursing experience. It enables them to diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medication, and do other tasks similar to a doctor that a regular registered nurse cannot. In most parts of Canada, nurse practitioners can work either in hospitals or community settings, including in clinics where they form most of the primary-care providers.
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