Newswatch COVID-19 Digest: Saturday April 4, 2020

Local Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis speaks about 'flattening the curve' of cases through self-isolation and social distancing on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 -- the same day the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a worldwide pandemic. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

Here are the latest local, regional and national headlines on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for Saturday, April 4, 2020:

  • There have been 3,255 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 462 cases (or 16.5 per cent) from the previous day. There are 1,023 people recovered from the virus while 67 people have died. The number of Ontario people tested is 66,753 of which 1,245 have pending results.
  • Canada’s confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 case total is 12,537. The country has 187 COVID-19 related deaths – 35 in British Columbia, 18 in Alberta, three in Saskatchewan, two in Manitoba, 67 in Ontario, 61 in Quebec and one in Newfoundland & Labrador.
  • Cornwall, SD&G and Prescott-Russell added five more positive COVID-19 cases to its tally, bringing the total number of cases to 31. Fourteen (14) of those people have recovered from the illness.
  • If you’re not abiding by social distancing at the grocery store, you might end up with a fine. The local medical officer of health says there’s no “pussy-footing” anymore and law enforcement will be issuing fines. The doctor is issuing two legal orders, which will also legally require people to isolate for 14 days when they’re told to. Read more here.
  • A new revised list of essential services that can stay open during the pandemic will go into effect tonight at 11:59 p.m. (Saturday). The move came after health officials said, based on models, that 3,000 to 15,000 Ontarians will die from coronavirus even with preventative measures in place. More here.
  • Cornwall-SDG Paramedic Services will be hiring some part-time paramedics to deal with an incoming wave of calls they’re expecting due to the pandemic.
  • Cornwall bylaw enforcement officers can now enforce rules under the Ontario emergency order. Working with Cornwall police, they will crack down on groups of five or more, people getting together at places like outdoor gyms and skateboard parks, restaurants that are still allowing dining in and non-essential businesses that are still open. Call 613-932-2110 to file a complaint.
  • If you are self-isolating by cleaning up around the home, you won’t be able to get rid of your hazardous waste this month. All the depot days at the landfill on Cornwall Centre Road are cancelled.
  • In order to take pressure of health units fighting the virus, the Ontario government has launched a portal where people can pick up their COVID-19 test results online.
  • The Cornwall and District Chamber of Commerce has launched a new online business portal, which will act as a directory of local business operating during the pandemic. It will be free for businesses to register and have a listing on the site. ShopCornwallandArea.ca is set to launch Monday.

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