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Rise in health care worker infections to more than 16,000 in last 3 months signals calamity; decisive action on airborne transmission needed

Even before the new COVID-19 variants hit Ontario, health care worker infections were dangerously high, doubling in the last three months to over 16,000, the Ontario government’s own data shows. In 2020 for the first 10 months of the pandemic to October 23, 7,488 health care staff contracted COVID-19 at work. In the last 3 months ending January 22, 2021 the number has increased to 16,204.

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$1 million payout for vacationing hospital boss but no paid sick days for staff facing COVID “profoundly unfair and disrespectful”

By not announcing paid sick days for all hospital, long-term care and other essential workers, Ontario’s Premier missed a key opportunity this week to tell “this important workforce – who are at greater risk of COVID-19 infection – that the province has their back for the increased risk they face,” says Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE).

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