Newswatch COVID-19 Digest: Monday June 1, 2020

An Eastern Ontario Health Unit chart shows the latest COVID-19 cases in the region. There were 148 confirmed cases as of Sunday, May 31, 2020. (EOHU via Newswatch Group)

Here are the latest local, regional and national headlines on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for Monday, June 1, 2020:

  • There have been 27,859 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 326 cases (or 1.2 per cent) from the previous day. There are 21,810 people recovered from the virus while 2,266 people have died. The number of Ontario people tested is 718,341 of which 9,647 have pending results.
  • Canada’s coronavirus case total is 90,947. The country has 7,295 deaths from the virus – 164 in British Columbia, 143 in Alberta, 11 in Saskatchewan, seven in Manitoba, 2,266 in Ontario, 4,641 in Quebec, three in Newfoundland & Labrador and 60 in Nova Scotia.
  • A day after two active outbreaks at regional nursing homes were resolved (Saturday), the number of resolved cases jumped from 92 to 114 cases. All those resolved cases were in Prescott-Russell. There are no institutional outbreaks. There was also another positive case in SD&G reported on Sunday, bringing the total to 148 cases. The remainder of stats remained the same: 11 deaths, three in hospital, one in ICU and 8,585 tests performed. The breakdown of cases is: Prescott-Russell 107 cases (79 resolved), SD&G 26 cases (20 resolved) and Cornwall 15 cases (15 resolved).
  • The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit area is at 342 confirmed cases and 50 deaths with 90 per cent of cases (264) recovered. The health unit doesn’t update statistics over the weekend.
  • The Ontario government is likely to lift a restriction on 30-day prescription renewals by the end of June. That’s according to seniors community and pharmacy industry officials. The restriction was put in place in mid-March to prevent drug shortages during the pandemic.
  • New Brunswick health officials say four patients and a health care worker have tested positive at a Campbellton nursing home, linked to a worker who did not self-isolate after travelling outside the province. There is now a cluster of a dozen cases.
  • Starting today in British Columbia, children in kindergarten to grade five are going back to school half-time. Grades 6 to 12 are going back one day a week, though in both cases attendance isn’t mandatory.

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