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A Paxlovid primer: what to know about the new oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19

A Paxlovid primer: what to know about the new oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19

OTTAWA — Health Canada authorized the first at-home, oral treatment for COVID-19 Monday. But what is Paxlovid, how does it work and who can get it? Here are some answers.
Ontario educators brace for challenges as in-person learning resumes amid Omicron

Ontario educators brace for challenges as in-person learning resumes amid Omicron

Educators returned to Ontario classrooms this week with little information about COVID-19 cases in schools and some early signs of related staff shortages taking shape in regions that weren't affected by heavy snow.
New Brunswick government seeking volunteers to assist with pandemic response

New Brunswick government seeking volunteers to assist with pandemic response

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick issued a call on Tuesday for volunteers to help with the province's pandemic response.
Child-care centres in Ontario concerned about limited N95 mask supply from province

Child-care centres in Ontario concerned about limited N95 mask supply from province

Several Ontario child-care centres are raising concerns about limited supplies of N95 masks provided by the government, saying they have no indication on when they will receive more.
COVID-19: P.E.I. shuts gyms, bans indoor dining and limits gatherings as cases rise

COVID-19: P.E.I. shuts gyms, bans indoor dining and limits gatherings as cases rise

CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island is shutting gyms, closing in-person dining and restricting private gatherings amid rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Positive news coming this week on COVID-19 restrictions, Ford says

Positive news coming this week on COVID-19 restrictions, Ford says

TORONTO — Ontario is set to make an announcement later this week about reducing COVID-19 restrictions, Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday, as some health-sector experts pointed to early signs of an ebbing Omicron wave.
Saskatchewan bracing for more COVID hospitalizations; Omicron peak weeks away: doctor

Saskatchewan bracing for more COVID hospitalizations; Omicron peak weeks away: doctor

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Health Authority says health-care services may be interrupted in the weeks ahead when a tide of COVID-19 hospitalizations and absenteeism among workers is expected to hit.
Homeless shelters face added strain amid Omicron, high rates of people on streets

Homeless shelters face added strain amid Omicron, high rates of people on streets

OTTAWA — Staff at shelters and homeless agencies are struggling to support people living on the streets as the highly transmissible Omicron COVID-19 variant sweeps through communities.
N.L. reports two more deaths due to COVID-19, 14 patients in hospital with disease

N.L. reports two more deaths due to COVID-19, 14 patients in hospital with disease

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Ten people in Newfoundland and Labrador have died from COVID-19 in the past three weeks.
Nova Scotia reports one new death from COVID-19, 13 new hospital admissions

Nova Scotia reports one new death from COVID-19, 13 new hospital admissions

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is today reporting 13 new hospital admissions and one more death today as a result of COVID-19. Health officials say a woman in her 80s has died in the province's eastern zone — the fifth death reported in the last two days.