Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Ontario will allow cannabis delivery and curbside pick up from authorized retail stores during the COVID-19 pandemic after they were taken off the essential businesses list.
The temporary measure is the result of an emergency order introduced Tuesday and will continue for the next 14 days.
Authorized cannabis stores can sell, deliver and offer curbside pick up of up to 30 grams of weed from Monday to Sunday, between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., and customers must pay for their products in advance by phone or online.
Cannabis retailers welcomed the emergency order saying curbside pick up and delivery affords many smaller retailers the ability to generate much-needed revenue.
Statistics from surrounding communities shows COVID-19 infection rates among adults between the ages of 20-64 quadruple the rate of infection among the elderly.
Data from Hamilton and Halton Region released by public health units show the infection is must more prevalent in younger adults than in the elderly.
In Halton there were 46 cases in adults 20-44 while there were 83 cases in adults 45-64. In the same city just 23 cases were reported among adults 65-79 and 14 cases in adults 80 and older.
In Hamilton there were 59 confirmed coronavirus cases in adults 20-44 and 60 cases in adults from 45-64. That is double the rate of infections in adults aged 65-79 at 30 confirmed cases and nearly four times the number of adults aged 80 and over with just 15 confirmed cases in that age group.
Provincial data released last week shows that infections in the 80+ age group have a higher case fatality ratio – nearly 16% of all cases. Among young adults aged 20-39 that case fatality ratio is 0% and aged 40-59 it is 0.6% and at 60-79 it is 2.9%.
Government medical professionals say Canada’s jails and prisons don’t meet with physical distancing guidelines for COVID-19 and they want as many inmates as possible to be released.
In an open letter to the federal, provincial and territorial governments, more than 100 doctors, nurses and other health professionals say inmates are already medically vulnerable and are likely to have infectious diseases, such as hepatitis C and HIV.
Ontario, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories have freed some inmates because of the pandemic.
Since March 16, the population at all facilities across Ontario has dropped from 8,344 to 6,148.
Ontario is reporting 379 new cases of COVID-19 today, including 21 more deaths.
That brings the totals in the province to 4,726 confirmed cases, including 153 deaths and 1,802 cases that have been resolved.
The new cases represent an 8.7 per cent increase over Monday, marking the second day in a row that the growth rate has been under 10 per cent.
There are now 614 people in Ontario hospitalized with COVID-19, with 233 of them in intensive care and 187 of those people on ventilators.
There are at least 51 long-term care homes in Ontario with one or more cases of COVID-19, and there have been at least 69 deaths in those institutions.
More than 500 health-care workers in the province have tested positive, representing about 11 per cent of all of the confirmed cases in Ontario.
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