Newswatch COVID-19 Digest: Sunday May 3, 2020

A sign inside a Second Street East business in Cornwall, Ont. on Thursday, March 26, 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 Sunday, May 3, 2020:

  • There have been 17,119 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 511 cases (or 3.1 per cent) from the previous day. There are 11,390 people recovered from the virus while 1,176 people have died. The number of Ontario people tested is 310,359 of which 12,829 have pending results.
  • Canada’s coronavirus case total is 56,714. The country has 3,566 deaths from the virus – 114 in British Columbia, 94 in Alberta, six in Saskatchewan, six in Manitoba, 1,176 in Ontario, 2,136 in Quebec, three in Newfoundland & Labrador and 31 in Nova Scotia.
  • The Eastern Ontario Health Unit total number of confirmed cases increased by two on Saturday to 96 (includes 18 long term, retirement and lodging home cases). The breakdown is 14 in Cornwall (11 resolved), 20 in SD&G (14 resolved) and 62 in Prescott-Russell (29 resolved). There are three people in hospitals and two of those are in ICU (those local cases are in ICU in Ottawa). There have been no deaths. The number of resolved cases rose by two on Saturday to 54. There have been 2,237 tests performed in the EOHU region.
  • A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a Long Sault long term care home. For more on the Woodland Villa story click here.
  • The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties stands at 311 positive coronavirus cases and 40 deaths. The health unit doesn’t update stats on the weekend.
  • For middle and large sized commercial and industrial electricity users, the provincial government is deferring the global adjustment. It’s a fee that’s worked into time-of-use residential customers but is a separate line item for large consumers to cover building new electricity infrastructure. The government is deferring the rate increase for April May and June which would have been a 15 per cent increase. The March rate was around $115 per megawatt hour for a Class B commercial user.
  • Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, says “we can continue to be cautiously optimistic” that Canadians are flattening the curve. As of Saturday, more than 862,000 people in the country have been tested and around seven per cent of those have been positive.

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