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Canada COVID-19: York region added to provincial 'hot zone' list; Ontario reports 712 new cases, 99 in Ottawa

21:50  16 october  2020
21:50  16 october  2020 Source:   ottawacitizen.com

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What you need to know, at a glance

  • York Region added to ‘hot zone’ list with Toronto, Peel, Ottawa
  • Ontario has 712 new confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted that 713 cases have been resolved over the latest 24-hour period
  • Hot spots for the include Toronto with 213 cases, Peel with 135 and York Region with 62 new cases
  • Ontario reported nine new deaths Friday.
  • 261 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 67 are in ICU and 36 of them are on ventilators
  • Elliott says there is no shortage of flu vaccine in the province
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 99 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,800.
  • There were also three new deaths, the agency reported

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    OPH said that there are 792 active cases in the region, with a total of 4,806 cases resolved.

  • There are 46 COVID patients in hospital, nine of them in ICU.
  • New outbreaks were reported at two health care or community living establishments, for a total of 47 outbreaks. Four new outbreaks were recorded at child care or education institutions, for a total of 26.
  • In regions close to Ottawa, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit reported 18 new cases, while Renfrew County and District reported five new cases. The was one new case reported in the Leeds, Grenville, Lennox & Addington district.
  • The Montfort Hospital says the new COVID Care Centre at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex will open on Monday
  • Quebec recorded 1,055 new cases of COVID-19 over the latest 24-hour period, bringing the total number of people infected in the province to 91,018
  • Province said 14 more people have been confirmed to have died from the disease, omnly one of them in the last 24 hours
  • The number of deaths in the province now stands at 6,018.
  • There were 38 new cases reported in the Outaouais, with no new deaths
  • Dr. Theresa Tam says Canada has about 20,500 active COVID-19 cases now and the numbers are continuing to rise
  • Over the last week, the country’s top public health officer says an average of 20 people a day have died from the illness.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Friday that York Region would join hotspots including the capital in having modified Stage 2 restrictions imposed as of Monday.

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The percentage of positive tests has reached 2.77 per cent — above the province’s “high alert” level of 2.5 per cent — with cases per 100,000 at nearly 39, well above the provincial average, and critical care admissions are reaching “alarming levels.”

“I hate doing this,” Ford said at a press conference in Mississauga adding “this was not an easy decision to make”

“But we can’t allow this virus to get into our long term care homes, we need to protect our schools and our communities, we need to keep performing vital surgeries in our hospitals. “We need to stop the spread before things get worse. We need to avoid a full lockdown. We took the same decisive action with Toronto, Ottawa, Peel Region when we saw the same alarming trends.”

Like the orders in the three other regions, York will be under the restrictions for 28 days.

Along with federal support, employers will be able to access a $300 million fund for fixed costs like property taxes and utility bills.

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“We will spare no expense to help business owners get through this,” Ford said.

At the news conference, Health Minister Christine Elliott said there is no shortage of flu vaccine.

“Everyone who wants to receive a flu shot will be able to get one,” Elliott said, adding that the “good news” is that many people are anxious to get vaccinated, which health officials are urging.

“I know there are some pharmacies right now that have run out but they will be receiving regularly scheduled shipments,” she said.

“We do not have any problem with the supply. We are searching for, if we need it in the future, additional supplies, working with Health Canada, but as far as the Ontario shipments are concerned they have been ordered and are coming in on schedule from global manufacturers

Ford reacted to reports that people in places under new restrictions are travelling to places and businesses that aren’t covered by the new rules, including to go to chain fitness clubs.

“We just can’t have that folks — especially on the fitness side, try to stay at home, try to do your fitness there,” Ford said. “If we cross the border and we start doing that then it’s just going to spread even more so please, just stay within your area, do your best and that’s all I’m asking.

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“The quicker we do this, the quicker we can get back on our feet.”

Ontario has 712 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 108 of them in Ottawa, the province’s health minister said Friday morning.

Christine Elliott said that 713 more cases have now been resolved.

Other hot spots for the coronavirus include Toronto with 213 cases, Peel with 135 cases and York Region with 62 new cases.

More than 38,500 tests were completed provincewide, Elliott said.

Ontario reported nine new deaths Friday.

Across the province, 261 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 and 67 people are in intensive care, three dozen of them on ventilators.

There was one new outbreak in an Ontario long-term care facility, bringing the total to 72. There were four additional positive cases among LTC facility staff for a total of 203 provincewide. The number of cases among Ontario LTC residents fell by one to 158.

Meanwhile, the Ontario government announced $2.5 million to support upgrades at an Eastern Ontario plant that makes medical-grade alcohol used to make hand sanitizer as part of its bid to boost domestic production of supplies to fight COVID-19.

Greenfield Global is investing a total of $75 million in the facility in Johnstown, about 90 km south of Ottawa, the Ontario government said in a news release Friday.

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The aim is to “continue to provide made-in-Ontario solutions to reduce our dependence on foreign supply chains and strengthen our domestic capacity,” Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli said in the release.

Greenfield’s upgrade of the Johnstown facility’s distillation technology will allow it to produce over 114 million litres, or the equivalent of over 150 million one-litre bottles, of specialty medical-grade alcohol annually.

Local

Ottawa Public Health reported 99 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 5,800.

There were also three new deaths, the agency reported, bringing the death toll to 301.

OPH said that there are 792 active cases in the region, with a total of 4,806 cases resolved.

There are 46 COVID patients in hospital, nine of them in ICU.

New outbreaks were reported at two health care or community living establishments, for a total of 47 outbreaks. Four new outbreaks were recorded at child care or education institutions, for a total of 26.

In regions close to Ottawa, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit reported 18 new cases, while Renfrew County and District reported five new cases. The was one new case reported in the Leeds, Grenville, Lennox & Addington district.

The Montfort Hospital said that the new COVID Care centre at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in east end Orléans will open Monday, Oct. 19

Meanwhile, the Queensway Carleton Hospital said the west-end care clinic offers same day booking for patients who meet the criteria and are in need of a COVID-19 test or a physician’s care.

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Quebec

Quebec recorded 1,055 new cases of COVID-19 over the latest 24-hour period, bringing the total number of people infected in the province to 91,018.

At the same time, the public health ministry reported 14 more people have been confirmed to have died from the disease. One of the deaths occurred in the last 24 hours, 11 happened in the last week, and an additional two deaths occurred before Oct. 9.

The number of deaths in the province that have been officially linked to COVID-19 now stands at 6,018.

There were 38 new cases reported in the Outaouais. The death toll remains unchanged at 34.

National

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says long-term care homes have not done a good enough job of protecting seniors in the COVID-19 pandemic and the federal government has a responsibility to step in.

He told a news conference that health care is an area of provincial responsibility but the pandemic has revealed numerous cracks in the system that need to be fixed, with different levels of care in different parts of the country.

If all the politicians don’t get together to address the problems, Trudeau said it would be a mass failure.

He said public officials need to be able to look seniors and their families in the eye and say they’ve been properly cared for.

Dr. Theresa Tam says Canada has about 20,500 active COVID-19 cases now and the numbers are continuing to rise.

Over the last week, the country’s top public health officer says an average of 20 people a day have died from the illness.

She’s urging everyone to work harder to limit their contacts with other people.

And Tam says as many people as possible should be vaccinated against influenza, which is a bad enough sickness in itself, can complicate COVID-19 cases and can add strain to the health system.

The PM also had a special message for children whose lives have been restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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He says it’s his son Xavier’s 13th birthday this weekend and that has him thinking about all the things Canadian children have missed out on since March.

No birthday parties, limited time with friends, not seeing family, and missing activities and school.

Trudeau said it’s important that everybody keep doing what they have to to protect vulnerable people, like older grandparents.

But he added it’s also important that kids who have been suffering lean on their parents and other loved ones for help when they feel sad or frustrated.

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-With files from Postmedia and The Canadian Press

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