Ottawa Public Health recorded 132 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday as the province’s municipal hot spots continue to generate significant numbers of new infections.
OPH also reported five new deaths. There have now been 328 COVID-related deaths in Ottawa since the start of the pandemic.
According to figures released Sunday by Public Health Ontario, the number of confirmed cases in the province increased by 977 in the preceding 24-hour period. That represented a 3.7 per cent decline from the previous day’s total of 1,015 new cases.
Nine more people died from the respiratory virus, bringing Ontario’s COVID-19 death toll to 3,145.
Toronto again reported the most cases – 238 – and was followed by Peel Region (238), Ottawa and York Region (113).
The latest numbers were published as government officials contemplate easing restrictions imposed in the the province’s COVID-19 hotspots.
On Friday, Premier Doug Ford said the public health restrictions imposed Oct. 10 were designed as a short-term answer to rising case counts in those regions.
“I truly believe if we didn’t make this decision … we would be having a different conversation today,” Ford told reporters. “We’d be having a conversation possibly like France or Spain.”
Spain, France, England and Germany have imposed national lockdowns because of soaring COVID-19 caseloads.
In Ontario, the government closed gyms and theatres, and banned indoor dining at restaurants and bars in the hot spots while also imposing new rules on the size of social gatherings. The restrictions were imposed for a 28-day period that’s scheduled to expire on Nov. 6.
A key factor in determining the extent to which restrictions will be eased will be the state of the province’s hospitals.
According to provincial statistics published Saturday, 320 people were in hospital with COVID-19, 73 of those in intensive care units. One day earlier, 312 people were in hospital with the same disease, 75 of those in ICUs.
Eastern Ontario reported nine new cases Sunday, while the district health units in Renfrew County, and in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark each recorded two new cases. No new cases were reported in the previous 24 hours in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington.
Quebec recorded 965 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, down from the 1,064 new cases reported one day earlier by the province.
Montreal was again the region that added the most infections — 247 — followed by the Montérégie (138) and Lanaudière (118).
Outaouais reported 35 new cases Sunday, for a total of 2,514 since the pandemic began. There were two more deaths, bringing the regional toll to 45.
Six new deaths were reported across Quebec on Sunday, adding to the 15 reported one day earlier.
A total of 496 people were in hospital with COVID-19 in Quebec on Sunday, seven fewer than the previous day. Among those in hospitals, 84 were in intensive care.
Quebec has recorded a total of 106,981 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic.
Halifax-area businesses ordered closed in an effort to curb the city’s rising number of COVID-19 cases are getting another round of financial support from the province.
Business Minister Geoff MacLellan said Thursday that the province would offer a one-time grant of up to $5,000 to small, independently owned bars, dine-in restaurants and fitness and leisure centres.
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The businesses are among those that are now closed for at least the next two weeks under health measures that took effect Thursday.
MacLellan said it’s the third round for a grant which is part of a larger $50-million relief fund for business.
“Those who received this in the past will be fast-tracked,” he told reporters following a cabinet meeting. “If there are any that didn’t apply . . . they still will be eligible.”
Businesses can use the grant money for any operational expenses, such as wages and supplies. To be eligible, businesses must have been operating since March 15. There is no cap on annual revenues.
“It’s not going to solve everyone’s problem. We always wish we could do more,” MacLellan said.
Under the new restrictions, retail stores can remain open, but they have to limit the number of shoppers and staff to 25 per cent or less of their legal capacity.
MacLellan said while retailers aren’t part of the targeted relief package, his department will monitor the impact on their business over what is hoped will be only a two-week period before the measures can be lifted.
The province reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, including 12 in the Halifax area, one in the northern health zone and one in the western zone.
It said 856 tests were administered at the rapid-testing site in downtown Halifax on Wednesday, and there were five positive results. The individuals were directed to self-isolate and have been referred for a standard test.
“We’ve seen a great uptake for asymptomatic testing among Halifax bar staff and patrons,” Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health said in a news release.
“People are showing us how much they care about their communities by going to these pop-up rapid-testing locations. This has allowed us to detect a few cases among asymptomatic people early on and helps to stop the spread of the virus.”
Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has reported 167 COVID-19 cases, and it has had 1,257 cases and 65 deaths since the pandemic began.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said companies had to have between $25,000 and $300,000 in annual sales to be eligible.
The CHEO Assessment Centre atBrewer Arena – 151 Brewer Way is open seven days a week. Testing is available by appointment only.
To book a test for a child under the age of 18, click here.
The COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre at 595 Moodie Dr. is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The centre offers an appointment with a physician (including appropriate tests) for residents who are experiencing more significant symptoms like fever, difficulty breathing or a sore throat, or testing only for residents with mild symptoms or others who qualify for testing under current guidelines.
The COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre at 1485 Heron Rd. is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The centre offers an appointment with a physician (including appropriate tests) for residents who are experiencing more significant symptoms like fever, difficulty breathing or a sore throat, or testing only for residents with mild symptoms or others who qualify for testing under current guidelines.
The COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex– 1585 Tenth Line Rd. is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It offers an appointment with a physician (including appropriate tests) for residents who are experiencing more significant symptoms like fever, difficulty breathing or a sore throat, or testing only for residents with mild symptoms or others who qualify for testing under current guidelines.
The Centretown Community Health Centre at 420 Cooper St. offers COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. To book an appointment, call 613-789-1500.
The Sandy Hill Community Health Centre at 221 Nelson St. offers COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Click here to book an appointment or call 613-789-1500
The Somerset Community Health Centre at 55 Eccles St. will offer COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday. To book an appointment, call 613-789-1500.
The COVID-19 screening tool for students heading back to in-person classes can be found here.
Classic Symptoms: fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath
Other symptoms: sore throat, difficulty swallow, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pneumonia, new or unexplained runny nose or nasal congestion
Less common symptoms: unexplained fatigue, muscle aches, headache, delirium, chills, red/inflamed eyes, croup
When a COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Ottawa, the city’s top doctor suggests the top priority will be using the vaccine to prevent hospitalizations and deaths in long-term care homes.
Health Canada expects to approve the Pfizer vaccine candidate in Canada by the end of the year.
Speaking on Newstalk 580 CFRA’s Ottawa Now with Kristy Cameron, Dr. Vera Etches said Ottawa Public Health will be working with the Federal government, the Ontario government and the City of Ottawa’s COVID-19 task force on rolling out the vaccine.
“What we’re anticipating is the initial supplies will come in the early part of the year but they’ll be limited in number. They’ll be for the priority groups, most likely trying to prevent hospitalizations and deaths. So where do we see the hospitalizations and deaths, mostly unfortunately from long-term care,” said Dr. Etches Thursday afternoon.
“So I know that will be a population we want to really be prepared to get the vaccine to people as soon as we receive it. That will probably be the initial focus for the first three months of the year.”
Ottawa restauranteurs want the Ontario government to extend a cap on delivery app fees to all restaurants and bars in Ontario, not just places in COVID-19 hot zones.
The Progressive Conservatives introduced legislation on Thursday that would give the province the authority to temporarily limit how much apps such as UberEats and DoorDash can charge restaurants in the lockdown COVID-19 restriction zone for their services.
While advocates say the move is a good start, local restauranteurs are also calling for the measure to be applied across the province.
“Nobody’s really going to the restaurants, it’s a very difficult time, whether you’re mandated to close or not, so lowering these fees definitely would be an incredible help,” said Andre Schad, owner of Jasper Sports Bar.
Twenty-four more Ottawa residents have tested positive for COVID-19.
Ottawa Public Health reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa on Thursday. There are no new deaths linked to novel coronavirus.
Since the first case of COVID-19 in Ottawa on March 11, there have been 8,278 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 372 deaths.
Across Ontario, there were 1,478 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, including 572 new cases in Peel Region, 356 in Toronto and 111 in York Region.
New modelling suggests that in a worst-case scenario, Ontario could see more than 9,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day by the end of the year.
The modelling suggests that if COVID-19 cases grow at a rate of three per cent, Ontario will record more than 4,000 cases per day by Dec. 30.
If cases grow at a rate of five per cent, Ontario could see more than 9,000 cases per day by that date.
Cases of the novel coronavirus in Ontario have been growing at a much lower rate of 0.45 per cent over the past 14 days.
Students at some schools in Ottawa will be able to get tested for COVID-19, even if they’re not showing any symptoms of the virus.
The Ontario government announced “targeted voluntary testing” for asymptomatic students and staff at schools in Ottawa, Toronto, Peel and York Regions with high cases of COVID-19.
In a statement to CTV News Ottawa, the Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce said school-based testing would be considered at schools where individuals have tested positive and there’s a number of close contacts recommended to seek testing.
“While Ottawa has recently seen stabilizing or lowering COVID-19 indicators, the taskforce and its partners continue to seek opportunities to leverage testing capacity and break chains of virus transmission, especially in priority settings in our community such as schools, (long-term care homes), etc.,” said the taskforce.
“Our goal is to make it easier to get tested by providing the testing at or near the school. The focus is on individuals without symptoms, and symptomatic individuals are asked to seek testing from regional assessment centres or care clinics.”
Nova Scotia is reporting 14 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 114.
Twelve of the new cases are in the central health zone, which includes Halifax, Eastern Shore and West Hants. The other remaining cases are in the northern zone and the western zone.
It’s not clear whether the new cases are related to previously reported ones.
In a live briefing Thursday, Blair Higgs, the premier of New Brunswick, announced that New Brunswick will leave the Atlantic bubble.
“Effective midnight tonight, we’re resorting back to our original 14-days isolation for anyone from anywhere travelling into New Brunswick,” he said.
Exemptions for essential travel will continue, he added.
New Brunswick is the third province to reinstate the 14-day isolation for travellers from within Atlantic Canada. Newfoundland and Labrador and P.E.I. made the changes on Monday.
Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,253 Nova Scotia tests on Wednesday, the highest number of tests reported to date. There were 856 tests administered at the rapid-testing pop-up site in downtown Halifax on that day.
Five presumptive positive cases were identified at the pop-up site. The individuals were directed to self-isolate and have been referred for a standard test. Cases identified through rapid testing won’t be added to the total number of cases until they are confirmed by a standard test.
Rapid-testing clinics are targeted at people in the 18-35 age group or those who have been to or work at a bar in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Locations and times of the pop-up clinics, which could change every time, are announced on social media.
“We’ve seen a great uptake for asymptomatic testing among Halifax bar staff and patrons. People are showing us how much they care about their communities by going to these pop-up rapid testing locations,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health in a news release. “This has allowed us to detect a few cases among asymptomatic people early on and helps to stop the spread of the virus.”
Late Wednesday evening, the Department of Health and Wellness released a new list of potential exposure sites, which includes numerous establishments across Halifax. And on Thursday evening, an additional six locations were added:
Stillwell (1672 Barrington St., Halifax) on Nov. 20 between 6 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Watch for symptoms up to and including Dec. 4.
Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs (1269 Barrington St., Halifax) on Nov. 20 between 8:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. Watch for symptoms up to and including Dec. 4.
Highwayman (1673 Barrington St., Halifax) on Nov. 21 between 7:30 p.m. and 12 a.m. Watch for symptoms up to and including Dec. 5.
Gahan House (5239 Sackville St., Halifax) on Nov. 21 between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Watch for symptoms up to and including Dec. 5.
Princess Nails (1475 Bedford Highway, Bedford) on Nov. 21 between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Watch for symptoms up to and including Dec. 5.
Boston Pizza Dartmouth Crossing (111 Shubie Dr., Dartmouth) on Nov. 20 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Nov. 22 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Watch for symptoms up to and including Dec. 6.
The department has created a new website that lists all of the potential exposure sites so far. There were 132 locations on the list as of Thursday evening.
Starting today, new public health restrictions have come into effect in the Halifax and Hants counties. They include the closure of licensed establishments and bars for dine-in. Museums, libraries, and fitness and recreational facilities are also closed.
Over the past two months, Nova Scotia has had 167 positive COVID-19 cases, 38,434 negative test results. No one is currently in hospital.
Numbers in Atlantic Canada
New Brunswick has 105 active cases as it reported 12 new cases Thursday.
Newfoundland and Labrador reported three new cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases to 28.
Prince Edward Island has two active cases. No new cases were reported Thursday.
People should also visit the website if they are experiencing two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
runny nose or nasal congestion
shortness of breath
People can also call 811 if they can’t access the website or if they wish to speak to a nurse. Anyone experiencing symptoms should self-isolate until they receive advice from Public Health on what to do next.
Online booking for COVID-19 tests is available for all primary assessment sites. The swish and gargle COVID-19 test is available at all centres for children aged four to 18.
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