Newswatch COVID-19 Digest: Friday May 22, 2020

Eastern Ontario Health Unit Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis. (Zoom/EOHU via Newswatch Group)

Here are the latest local, regional and national headlines on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for Friday, May 22, 2020:

  • There have been 24,187 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 413 cases (or 1.7 per cent) from the previous day. There are 18,509 people recovered from the virus while 1,993 people have died. The number of Ontario people tested is 577,682 of which 5,051 have pending results.
  • Canada’s coronavirus case total is 81,324. The country has 6,152 deaths from the virus – 152 in British Columbia, 132 in Alberta, seven in Saskatchewan, seven in Manitoba, 1,993 in Ontario, 3,800 in Quebec, three in Newfoundland & Labrador and 58 in Nova Scotia.
  • A coronavirus outbreak at another long term care facility was declared Thursday as the Eastern Ontario Health Unit added one new coronavirus case in SD&G. That brings the total confirmed cases to 142 with 81 resolved. The latest outbreak is at Maxville Manor where one resident tested positive for the virus. The other active outbreaks are at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet and St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Center. Two others – Woodland Villa in Long Sault and a case in April involving a group home in Prescott-Russell – are over. The number of deaths is stable at 10. The breakdown of cases is 15 in Cornwall (14 resolved), 22 in SD&G (20 resolved) and 105 in Prescott-Russell (47 resolved). There are three people in hospital, two of those are in ICU. The number of tests is 7,135, which is 108 more than the previous day.
  • COVID-19 numbers in the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit area remained stable Thursday with 336 confirmed cases and 49 deaths. Sixty-eight per cent of COVID-19 cases (195) have recovered. For community cases in Leeds-Grenville, there are 21 in the central area (17 recovered), 12 in the west (10 recovered) and 10 in the east (seven recovered).
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $75 million for organizations that help Indigenous people living in urban areas and off-reserve. That’s more than the previous commitment of $15 million.
  • Ottawa-based Shopify is moving to a permanent remote-work model for most of its employees with the head of the company says it’s now “digital-by-default.”

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