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Ontario reports record-high 1588 new COVID-19 cases, 21 more deaths – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News

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Ontario is reporting 1,588 new COVID-19 cases and 21 additional deaths on Saturday, setting a single-day record high for new infections in the province.

The last record was logged a week ago on Nov. 14 when the province reported 1,581 cases.

The province reported 1,418 new cases on Friday, 1,210 on Thursday and 1,417 on Wednesday.

Yesterday, the province also marked a milestone by surpassing 100,000 cases of the novel coronavirus since the disease emerged in January.

The latest fatalities represent a notable increase from Friday when eight deaths were recorded.

Of the latest deaths in the province, 13 were residents of long-term care homes.

There are currently 99 long-term care homes with an outbreak of the virus in Ontario, down from 102 a day ago.

Most cases continue to be in the Greater Toronto Area.

“Locally, there are 522 new cases in Peel, 450 in Toronto and 153 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the GTA, Durham Region logged 56 new cases, up from 46 a day ago and Halton recorded 53 new infections, a rise from 36 on Friday.

The seven-day rolling average now stands at 1,373, unchanged from a day ago.

Provincial health officials say there are 1,363 more resolved cases in the province bringing the total number of active cases to 12,827, up 204 cases from Friday.

In the last 24 hours, more than 46,600 tests were completed, down from 48,173 cases processed yesterday.

More than 43,000 tests are still under investigation.

According to health officials, the province’s positivity rate is now 4.3 per cent, up from 3.6 the prior day.

People between the ages of 20 and 39 years old continue to account for most of the new cases (590), followed by those in the 40 to 59 age group (458). People who are 19 years old and younger accounted for 234 of the cases, while 230 people between the ages of 60 and 79 tested positive for the virus. Seventy-eight people who are 80 years old and over also tested positive for the disease.

There are currently 513 people hospitalized with the virus in Ontario, down from 518 on Friday. Of those patients, 146 are in intensive care units and 87 are breathing with the help of a ventilator.

The latest numbers come after Premier Doug Ford announced on Friday that Toronto and Peel Region will be entering the lockdown zone under the provincial government’s COVID-19 restrictions framework.

The lockdown comes into effect on Monday at 12:01 a.m. and will stay in effect for at least 28 days.

This means gyms, recreation facilities and personal care services are being ordered to close their doors and non-essential retail stores can only provide curbside pickup.

Bars and restaurants are allowed to provide takeout and delivery services but must close their patios.

Essential retailers that are allowed to remain open include supermarkets, hardware stores, department stores, convenience stores, pharmacies and beer and liquor stores. But all of these services will have to reduce their capacity limit to only 50 per cent.

Schools and daycares are also permitted to remain open.

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COVID-19 clusters identified at Windsor Regional, Hotel-Dieu Grace hospitals – Windsor Star

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Visits to the floor are not allowed until further notice.

“Both hospitals continue to work with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to investigate the circumstances of the cluster and we will provide an update when more details become available,” the Windsor Regional release says.

HDGH says the patients in its affected unit are all being tested and staff who worked in the unit are being offered testing. In addition, the hospital is closing the unit to new admissions, enhancing cleaning, reinforcing the importance of PPE use and consistent hand-washing, and suspending a visitation program in the unit that allows designated family members to help with care.

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Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, said the health unit is working closely with hospital officials to investigate the clusters. Due to privacy concerns, he said, the health unit is “unable to disclose publicly any further details about the cases or the number of close contacts at the hospitals.”

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(2) Covid-19 hit 7 members of one family. Now they're speaking out so others don't go through the same pain. – CNN

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Medical workers are seen inside the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on November 11.
Medical workers are seen inside the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on November 11. Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

Two hospital systems gave Thanksgiving updates on their coronavirus caseloads, both saying that cases are rising in their hospitals but expressing confidence in their ability to deal with the increasing case load.

One hospital system said, the situation now is “nothing approaching what we experienced in March,” and another system echoing that saying they are “well within our ability to handle.” 

Mt. Sinai healthcare system’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Vicki LoPachin, said in a note Wednesday, that coronavirus cases continue to rise across the Mt. Sinai health system but that the current number of cases “is still within our projections, and well within our ability to handle.”

 “Our COVID-19 inpatient census remains at less than 10 percent of what we saw at the peak in the spring,” LoPachin said. “And we do not believe we will ever see anything close to those prior numbers.”

Dr. Craig Smith, chair of the department of surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, which is also affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian’s hospital system, said in a message Thursday that the new Covid-19 case curve is “unequivocally positive” but nothing approaching “what we experienced in March.”

Smith’s candid updates during the heat of the coronavirus crisis in New York gained a large following in the spring. 

Smith said NYP and CU have a “meticulous plan” for staffing changes if the surge in cases increases quickly, and that at this time, the systems are not close to a level where non-urgent surgeries would need to be canceled in order to deal with an influx of cases.

Smith also said the institutions are in the process of planning “thorough plans” for vaccine distribution.

On Wednesday morning, the system had 157 Covid-19-positive patients admitted to their hospitals, 25 of whom were in critical care.

LoPachin warned Mt. Sinai healthcare workers to “relax, recharge and prepare for the work ahead” as coronavirus case numbers are expected to increase, as some ignore warnings against gathering for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“We know that many people will ignore the warnings and gather unsafely with their families tomorrow, and that the patients with new COVID-19 infections resulting from those gatherings will arrive in our hospitals in the next few weeks,” LoPachin said. “Your family needs you, your colleagues need you, and your patients need you, now more than ever.”

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Queen's Park and Ottawa butt heads over COVID-19 vaccine timeline – CityNews Toronto

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  1. Queen’s Park and Ottawa butt heads over COVID-19 vaccine timeline  CityNews Toronto
  2. November 27 coronavirus news  CNN International
  3. Ottawa outlines its COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan  CBC News: The National
  4. Hospitals in England told to prepare for Covid vaccine rollout in 10 days’ time  The Guardian
  5. Frankfurt pharma hub prepares for Covid vaccine task  Bangkok Post
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