Newswatch COVID-19 Digest: Sunday June 7, 2020

A Cornwall Black Lives Matter protestor wears his mask around his chin while another isn't wearing one at all during a march up Cumberland Street on Saturday, June 6, 2020. The wearing of masks was mandatory for the demonstration. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says we would see cases within a week if someone in the crowd was exposed to coronavirus. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

Here are the latest local, regional and national headlines on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for Sunday, June 7, 2020:

  • There have been 30,202 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 387 + 68 due to lab reporting delay (or 1.5 per cent) from the previous day. There are 23,947 people recovered from the virus while 2,407 people have died. The number of Ontario people tested is 832,158 of which 12,384 have pending results.
  • Canada’s coronavirus case total is 95,057. The country has 7,773 deaths from the virus – 167 in British Columbia, 146 in Alberta, 11 in Saskatchewan, seven in Manitoba, 2,407 in Ontario, 4,970 in Quebec, one in New Brunswick, three in Newfoundland & Labrador and 61 in Nova Scotia.
  • The number of tests in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit surpassed 10,000 on Saturday. There were an additional 255 people tested at assessment centers and by paramedics at home, bringing the total to 10,131. The rest of the region stats stayed the same: 150 confirmed cases, 118, resolved, 11 deaths, three people in hospital with one in ICU and one institutional outbreak. The breakdown of cases is: Prescott-Russell 108 cases (81 resolved), SD&G 26 cases (22 resolved) and Cornwall 16 cases (15 resolved).
  • It will be likely be within a week whether we will see a spike in coronavirus cases due to a Black Lives Matter protest in Cornwall. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says the incubation period for the disease is between four and seven days. “Let’s say, in 14 days if we get no cases then I’ll say we had no cases from that. We’ll start seeing cases probably four to seven days later.” There were quite a few people in the crowd of hundreds wearing masks, but others were either not wearing them or wearing them improperly.
  • The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit area stands at 351 confirmed cases and 50 deaths. There are 283 cases (94 per cent) resolved. For community cases in Leeds-Grenville, there were 23 in the central region (22 resolved), 13 in the west (11 resolved) and 17 in the east (12 resolved). The health unit doesn’t update stats on weekends.
  • The Ontario government has extended emergency orders until June 19. That includes keeping bars and restaurants closed except for take-out and delivery, plus gatherings of no more than five people. Suspension on limitations of court proceedings has also been extended until Sept. 11. The original provincial emergency was declared March 17.
  • The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation is finalizing plans to open its various locks to pleasure craft, with some procedures being modified to keep social distancing measures in place. The Iroquois Lock is scheduled to open June 8 (Monday) and the locks in the Montreal to Lake Ontario section will open June 22.
  • The federal government is putting $1.1 million into national disability organizations to help them reach out to people during the coronavirus outbreak.

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