Newswatch COVID-19 Digest: Tuesday April 21, 2020

Local Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

Here are the latest local, regional and national headlines on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for Tuesday, April 21, 2020:

  • There have been 11,184 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 606 cases (or 5.7 per cent) from the previous day. There are 5,515 people recovered from the virus while 584 people have died. The number of Ontario people tested is 164,840 of which 3,799 have pending results.
  • Canada’s COVID-19 case total is 36,831. The country has 1,690 COVID-19 related deaths – 86 in British Columbia, 59 in Alberta, four in Saskatchewan, six in Manitoba, 584 in Ontario, 939 in Quebec, three in Newfoundland & Labrador and nine in Nova Scotia.
  • The Cornwall, SD&G and Prescott-Russell region added two more positive cases on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 70. The totals are now 11 in Cornwall, 16 in SD&G and 43 in Prescott-Russell. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis noted he had “mistakenly put one that was in SD&G in Cornwall.” In other words, the Cornwall number has been corrected at 11 cases, which includes the Tim Hortons case and the Food Basics case. There are still five people in hospital, three of them are in ICU and “knock on wood,” no deaths, Roumeliotis said. There are 30 cases marked resolved (two more than Sunday).
  • Canada Day festivities in Cornwall’s Lamoureux Park are cancelled this year. The organizing committee felt it couldn’t postpone it either because the money to put on the event comes from major business sponsors that are closed and likely struggling financially during the pandemic.
  • A sixth assessment center has been open in the region – a drive-through in Akwesasne. It’s by appointment through the Akwesasne Community Health Program. The other centers are in Cornwall, Winchester, Alexandria, Casselman and Rockland.

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