Newswatch COVID-19 Digest: Tuesday April 14, 2020

A playground is taped off in MacLennan Park in South Stormont on Saturday, April 4, 2020 during the coronavirus outbreak. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

Here are the latest local, regional and national headlines on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for Tuesday, April 14, 2020:

  • There have been 7,470 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 421 cases (or 6.0 per cent) from the previous day. There are 3,357 people recovered from the virus while 291 people have died. The number of Ontario people tested is 108,230 of which 1,154 have pending results.
  • Canada’s confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 case total is 25,680. The country has 780 COVID-19 related deaths – 69 in British Columbia, 46 in Alberta, four in Saskatchewan, four in Manitoba, 291 in Ontario, 360 in Quebec, three in Newfoundland & Labrador and three in Nova Scotia.
  • Cornwall, SD&G and Prescott-Russell added another two cases to its list on Monday, bringing the total to 60 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. One person was discharged from hospital, bringing the number of people in hospital to six. Three are still in the intensive care unit (ICU). Twenty-nine people have recovered.
  • The Ontario government received a shipment of 200,000 N95 respirator masks, 38 ventilators and 13 million surgical and procedural masks over the last five days. Premier Doug Ford also thanked his Alberta counterpart, Jason Kenney, for a donation of medical supplies.
  • Just across the border, St. Lawrence County has 99 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one person is in hospital. The most cases are concentrated in two clusters – 16 in Massena and 16 in Potsdam. Another 14 are in Ogdensburg. The state crossed a somber threshold on Monday, exceeding 10,000 deaths. There were 671 deaths recorded on Easter Sunday.
  • Around 5.4 million Canadians are receiving money through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit with hundreds more claims waiting in the system.
  • With only two positive COVID-19 cases, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is cautiously looking at whether the province can start gradually reopening services. Moe believes social distancing is working because there are actually 300 cases of the virus, according to provincial health officials.

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