What you need to know, at a glance
- Premier Doug Ford says there are no plans to ease ‘hot zone’ restrictions, despite economic disruptions
- ‘We won’t even have an economy if this continues to spread’
- Ontario reported 826 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including 88 in Ottawa
- The new numbers push Ontario’s total number of infections to 68,353
- There were nine new deaths, bringing the total to 3,080
- There are 276 people in hospital with 78 of those in ICU care and 47 on ventilators
- Ottawa Public Health reported 88 new cases and five new deaths over the previous 24 hours
- One new outbreak was declared among health care and congregate living facilities, while two more outbreaks were declared in child care and schools
- Five new cases have been confirmed in sports related outbreaks, for a total of 30
- A resident of the city-run Centre d’accueil Champlain long-term care home has died in hospital of COVID-19
- A second staff member at the Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Eastern Ontario’s medical officer of health expected to announce more restrictions on gyms, bars and restaurants
- Quebec reported 905 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since to 98,226 since the pandemic began.
- Twelve new deaths were reported – four over the past 24 hours, six between Oct. 16 and 21, and another two on unknown dates
- The Outaouais region reported 25 new cases and one new death since the last report.
- Canada recorded a record 2,788 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the largest increase in infections since the pandemic began
- “We have to get these numbers down,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said
- The federal government spending $214 million towards the development of COVID-19 vaccines
- But PM warns that he doesn’t anticipate a vaccine will be ready this year or in early 2021
- Nationally, the number of COVID-19 infections topped 209,000 with more than 23,000 active cases
- The virus has killed 9,862 Canadians.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott say they have no plans to ease restrictions in the province’s four COVID-19 hot zones of Ottawa, Toronto, Peel and York even as some business owners push back against the economic disruption the measures have caused.
“We won’t even have an economy if this continues to spread and gets up over 1,000 cases (a day),” Ford said Friday at a media briefing in Prince Edward County.
Ford added that he will meet with the province’s medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams, and his health team over the weekend to decide if Halton region, west of Toronto, will also be added to the hot zone list.
“I’ll have that answer on Monday,” the premier said. “It’s concerning right now. We’re seeing the numbers go up again.”
Ontario reported 826 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including 292 in Toronto, 186 in Peel, and 72 in York.
“We’ve been advised by Dr. Williams and his team that these are measures we have to take to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Elliott said.
“The evidence says that if we take these steps now it prevents us from going into a longer period of lockdown with more economic shutdown. While we recognize that this is very difficult for many business owners, this is the advice we’ve received from the public health professionals.”
Friday marks two weeks since the Ontario imposed the modified Stage 2 restrictions in Ottawa, Toronto and Peel and the halfway point in the order’s initial 28-day duration.
The latest numbers represent a slight decline for the province, which reported 841 new cases on Thursday.
Ontario has now had 68,353 confirmed cases since the pandemic was declared. Some 3,080 people have died in the province from COVID-19.
There are 276 people in hospital with 78 of those in intensive care and 47 on ventilators.
The province completed more than 40,000 tests on Thursday, Elliott said. Another 733 cases have now been resolved.
Seventy-seven long-term care homes are battling novel coronavirus outbreaks in Ontario, down three from the day before.
Ottawa Public Health reported 88 new cases and five new death over the previous 24 hours.
It was the highest daily death count since May.
There have been 6,384 total cases, with 676 active. The death toll is at 314.
One new outbreak was declared among health care and congregate living facilities, for a total of 50 outbreaks. Two new outbreaks were reported in child care and schools for a total of 19.
Five new cases have been reported in sports-related outbreaks, for a total of 30.
The city announced Thursday that a resident of the city-run Centre d’accueil Champlain long-term care home has died in hospital of COVID-19. The resident was admitted to hospital on Oct. 13, Donna Gray, general manager of Community and Social Services announced in a memo to members of council.
Gray also informed councillors that a second staff member at the Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home has tested positive for COVID-19.
A group of restaurateurs and other Ottawa business people are planning to protest the provincial ‘hot zone’ restrictions on Saturday with a march from Ottawa city hall to Parliament hill. Unlike most protests, organizers are trying to limit their numbers by capping the number of people who can attend from each business.
“We are not anti-maskers or those looking to counter public health measures, but the contrary,” they say.
Meanwhile, Eastern Ontario’s medical officer of health was expected to announce Friday more restrictions under a local Class Section 22 order. The restrictions, which are milder than the modified Stage 2 restrictions in place in neighbouring Ottawa, won’t come into effect until next week, said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.
The restrictions limit restaurants to a maximum capacity of 100 with no more than six people per table. Gyms can have no more than 50 people inside at a time and fitness classes are limited to 10 people. Banquet halls and other meeting or event facilities would be capped at 50 people.
The EOHU measures are similar to those enacted by Ottawa Public Health on Sept. 22, two weeks before the province imposed the stricter, more easily enforced restrictions of the modified Stage 2 order. EOHU covers Cornwall, Prescott Russell and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry.
Roumeliotis was to hold a briefing of his own late Friday afternoon.
The number of new cases dipped below 1,000 today, with hospitalizations and ICU admissions dropping.
Quebec reported 905 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since to 98,226 since the pandemic began.
Twelve new deaths were reported – four over the past 24 hours, six between Oct. 16 and 21, and another two on unknown dates.
Among those in hospital, 99 are in intensive care, a drop of two.
The Outaouais region reported 25 new cases and one new death since the last report.
Canada recorded a record 2,788 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the largest increase in infections since the pandemic began.
“We have to get these numbers down. This is serious and everyone must do their part,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. “Your loved ones with pre-existing conditions, your parents your grandparents, they’re counting on you.
“People’s lives are at stake. We can’t afford to be careless or expect that this virus will just go away on its own.”
Nationally, the number of COVID-19 infections topped 209,000 with more than 23,000 active cases, according to figures released Thursday night. Quebec and Ontario account for two-thirds of all active cases. The virus has killed 9,862 Canadians.
The prime minister said that the government is spending $214 million towards the development of COVID-19 vaccines, signing deals with Quebec firm Medicago and British Columbia’s Precision NanoSystems.
Trudeau says the Medicago contract includes the rights to buy 76 million doses of its vaccine, should it meet health and safety standards, as well as funding for a production facility in Quebec City.
Two more American vaccine makers, Moderna and Pfizer, have asked Health Canada to review their products as they undergo clinical trials.
However, Trudeau warns that he doesn’t anticipate a vaccine will be ready to inoculate Canadians against the COVID-19 virus this year or in early 2021.
The prime minister says Canada has also acquired “hundreds of thousands” of rapid test kits from medical company Abbott to be distributed across the provinces and territories.
Two more vaccine makers have asked Health Canada to study their product before it has completed clinical trials.
-With files from Postmedia and The Canadian Press