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344 new coronavirus cases, 41 deaths in Ontario as total cases rise to 27210

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Ontario reported 344 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 27,210.

The death toll has risen to 2,230, as 41 more deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, 20,983 people have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 77 per cent of cases.

Ontario has completed 680,687 tests so far for the virus. This is up 18,525 tests from the previous day, which is the highest number of tests completed in a 24-hour period in almost three weeks.

The province has previously said it has a testing capacity of over 20,000 daily tests. Ontario is set to reveal a new coronavirus testing strategy Friday to gauge phased reopening.

Friday’s report marks an increase of 1.3 per cent in total cumulative cases. That figure has mostly hovered between 1.1 and 1.8 over the past week.

Ontario has 826 patients (down by seven) hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 129 patients in an intensive care unit (down by eight) and 100 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by six).

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 1,625 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is an increase of 34 deaths, and there are 123 current outbreaks. Six health-care workers in long-term care homes have died.

Ontario officials have said there may be a discrepancy between overall deaths and deaths at long-term care homes due to how the province’s health database system, called iPHIS, is tracking data and how the Ministry of Long-Term Care is tracking data.

The ministry also indicated there are currently 1,476 confirmed cases among long-term care residents and 1,113 cases among staff.

Health-care workers in Ontario account for 4,634 of the total reported cases, which is 17 per cent of the infected population.

Greater Toronto Area public health units account for 65 per cent of all cases in the province.

Here is a breakdown of Ontario cases by gender and age:

  • 11,818 people are male (43.4 per cent).
  • 15,162 people are female (55.7 per cent).
  • 948 people are 19 and under (3.5 per cent).
  • 6,992 people are 20 to 39 (25.7 per cent).
  • 8,310 people are 40 to 59 (30.5 per cent).
  • 5,551 people are 60 to 79 (20.4 per cent).
  • 5,394 people are 80 and over (19.8 per cent).
  • 230 cases did not specify male or female and 15 cases had an unknown age.

There are 13,351 people currently under investigation awaiting test results.

The newly reported numbers are valid as of 2 p.m. Thursday for Toronto and Ottawa public health units, and 4 p.m. for the rest of the province.

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No new coronavirus deaths reported in Ottawa on Monday, public health unit says – Globalnews.ca

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Physical distancing continues to be effective in Ottawa, according to the local public health unit’s latest dashboard metrics tracking the spread of the novel coronavirus in the nation’s capital.

Ottawa Public Health said it identified 11 lab-confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in its latest daily report — and 27 new cases in total over the weekend — bringing the number of positive tests in the city up to 1,962 as of 2 p.m. on Sunday.

There were no new deaths related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, reported in Ottawa on Monday, keeping the city’s pandemic death toll at 244.


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There are currently 38 people in hospital with COVID-19 locally, while 82 per cent of all cases are now considered resolved.

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There are 18 ongoing outbreaks in institutions around Ottawa.

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OPH’s COVID-19 dashboard, which tracks local testing and hospital capacity as well as other key metrics to monitor the spread of the virus in Ottawa, indicates a positive trend in the public health unit’s contact tracing efforts.

OPH is currently able to follow up with and investigate 100 per cent of contacts for every new case in the 24 hours following a positive test.






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The number of average contacts per new case is also down to 3.1, pointing to the success of Ottawa’s physical distancing measures.

Public health officials have noted that as Ontario’s economy reopens and residents increase their social activities, there is a risk of infection rates rising and effectively losing ground against the virus.

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According to the OPH dashboard, Ottawa remains in “orange” territory, which indicates “some” control over the virus.

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Nova Scotia municipal offices implement safety measures to reopen amid COVID-19 – CBC.ca

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Several Nova Scotia municipalities that have been shut down since the province declared a state of emergency in March have either reopened their administrative buildings to the public or are planning to in the near future.

Officials in the Town of Trenton reopened with limited hours on Monday so some residents could pay their property taxes in person before the end of June.

But a number of municipal buildings have new restrictions to keep staff and the public safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Region of Queens Municipality, which also reopened on Monday, public access is limited to one set of doors. Only one member of the public is allowed inside the building at one time, unless the person needs assistance.

In the Municipality of Pictou County, officials also planed to reopen on June 1. Safety glass has been installed at customer counters, the seating has been removed and the number of people allowed in the foyer will be limited.

On the other hand, the Town of Pictou has what it calls a “slow reopening plan.” The public will have access to its offices starting on June 8, but hours will be limited for the first week.

In the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, municipal staff returned to the building on Monday, but it will not be open to the public until June 15.

Others are taking an even more cautious approach. In Berwick, municipal staff will only resume working at the town hall on a full-time basis once the province lifts the state of emergency.

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RSVP online for virtual Canada Day celebration: Canadian Heritage – CTV News

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OTTAWA —
Heritage Canada is getting ready to let Canadians from coast to coast to coast participate in a virtual Canada Day celebration this July 1.

The official Canada Day celebration in Ottawa has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the heritage ministry, which oversees the event, said there would be a virtual component to it this year.

On Monday, the ministry unveiled a preview of ways Canadians at home and abroad can celebrate the nation’s 153rd birthday from the safety of their own homes.

The first step is to RSVP to the virtual Canada Day 2020 event on Facebook.

The ministry also encourages Canadians to follow and watch their social media channels and website:

Canadian Heritage will also be releasing downloadable celebration kits online, starting June 15, so that all communities can participate online.

The national Canada Day festivities were scheduled to be held at Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa this year, after renovations to Centre Block forced officials to move the party off of Parliament Hill.

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault has said Canadian Heritage is working with Canadian artists and artisans to put together a virtual program, “reflecting our diversity and values, and showcasing the immense talent our country has to offer.”

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