ONTARIO EXPANDS ACCESS TO COVID ANTIVIRALS BUT SAYS NO TO MASK MANDATE, FOR NOW

Apr 11, 2022

By Christine Ross

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Ontario’s top doctor has re-emerged after almost five weeks to outline the province’s expanded access to COVID-19 antivirals.

Dr. Kieran Moore says beginning Tuesday April 12, the following high risk groups are eligible to be tested and assessed for anti-viral treatments like PAXLOVID for free: those 70 and older, anyone over 60 with fewer than three vaccine doses, and young adults 18 and older who are immunocompromised.

The antiviral assessment and treatment will be available at 300 Ontario pharmacies to be identified Tuesday. Treatment must start within five days from the onset of symptoms.

While there will be no new mandatory mask policy, Dr. Moore revealed the province may extend mandatory masking in long term care and other high risk settings beyond April 27th.

He says up to 6 million Ontarians have caught the OMICRON variants since December and at the peak of this wave, Dr. Moore says we could see 600 patients in ICU.

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