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Newscast Tuesday March 2, 2021

Emma Amodio

COVID UPDATE

  • The total number of confirmed cases in London are 6194, and there have been 12 new cases since yesterday making a total of 98 active cases in the city.

  • These numbers are reported just one day after the city moved into an orange-level tier of reopening.

  • Today, Ontario is reporting fewer than 1000 new Covid-19 cases for the first time in a week at a total of 966 new infections.

  • There were also no deaths reported in London while Ontario experienced 11 new deaths in the province

  • The middlesex London health unit says vaccines for those over 80 have filled up entirely, with over 5000 spots filling in mere hours after they opened up.

  • The health unit has now stated they will not be booking out vaccinations more than two weeks in advance because of uncertainty about the vaccine supply. 

CAMPUS

  • Western’s plans for an on-campus COVID-19 vaccine site fall through after tentative plans to transform the ground-floor of the Western Student Recreation Centre into a vaccination spot.

  • Matt Mills, Western’s director of health, safety and well-being, stated that “this was not feasible as the clinic would need to operate until the end of the fall term and we were not able to provide the type of space that would meet their needs.”

  • Currently, the ground floor of the recreation centre is used for COVID-19 testing of Western students and faculty while the rest of the facility is operating with lower capacity. 

  • Alan Shepard expressed his disappointment with the collapse of these vaccination plans in a recent interview while stating “we respect the decisions and [the MLHU is] trying to do their best for all of us.”

  • According to Mills, the university will still continue to discuss a potential vaccination clinic with the city once a clear plan is outlined and vaccines become more readily available.

  • Instead, The MLHU has allocated a spot in the North London Optimist Community Centre and the Earl Nichols Recreation Centre for COVID-19 vaccinations to take place. This is in addition to the vaccination clinics currently at the Western Fair District Agriplex and the Caradoc Community Centre in Mount Brydges.

 

LOCAL 

  • The London Transit Commision is getting a muti-million dollar boost from Ottawa and Queen’s Park to tide over the pandemic. 

  • Yesterday, the province announced that LTC will be receiving 18.1 million dollars.

  • Compared to 2019’s ridership of 25 million, 2020 saw that number drop to nearly half. 

  • The funding will help buffer the 11.3 million dollars shortfall stemming from the ridership shortage during the pandemic. 

  •  In other local news:

  • Local police officials are advicing Londoners to be wary of a man sporting a goatee. The man was also reportedly posing as a police officer which is what I was getting to.

  • The man is described to be in his late 20’s or early 30’s, sporting a goatee as i said earlier, had a sleeve of tattoos and was wearing a T-shirt with the words Police on it.

  • Please remember that if you are ever stopped by an officer, you have the right to ask for the officer’s name, badge number, rank and warrant card. 

  

WEATHER:

  • Today is partly cloudy at -5 degrees feeling more like -12 

  • Tomorrow will see a jump to 6 degrees and partly cloudy with the rest of the week remaining in the negatives until Sunday which will reach 4 degrees.

  • The sky seems to be clear for the week ahead with the highest chance of precipitation at 40% on Saturday. 

  • With the sunset at 6:15 tonight, spring is on the horizon and so is hope for warmer and better days ahead!