Newswatch COVID-19 Digest: Friday August 7, 2020

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

  • There have been 39,809 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 95 (or 0.2 per cent) from the previous day. There are 35,906 people recovered from the virus while 2,783 people have died. The number of Ontario people tested is 2,321,297 of which 19,292 have pending results.
  • Canada’s coronavirus case total is 118,561. The country has 8,966 deaths from the virus – 195 in British Columbia, 205 in Alberta, 19 in Saskatchewan, eight in Manitoba, 2,783 in Ontario, 5,687 in Quebec, two in New Brunswick, three in Newfoundland & Labrador and 64 in Nova Scotia.
  • Two more COVID-19 cases were resolved Thursday in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region, bringing resolved cases to 160. The number of confirmed cases remains at 180. Testing increased by 638 to 31,145. Two people remain in hospital. Eleven deaths to date. The breakdown of cases is: Prescott-Russell 118 cases (102 resolved + 11 deaths), SD&G 37 cases (33 resolved) and Cornwall 25 cases (25 resolved).
  • The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit had no changes Thursday with 355 confirmed cases, 52 deaths and 303 recoveries.
  • Tourism Minister Lisa MacLeod announced $1.5 million through the Tourism Economic Development Recovery Fund for seven Ontario attractions. “COVID-19 has caused an unprecedented, devastating impact on the tourism industry. Our sectors were hit first, the hardest, and will take the longest to recover following COVID-19,” MacLeod said. The money will allow for consumer incentives, such as free admission for front line workers.
  • The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of Akwesasne has arranged mass testing for all Akwesasne residents. The tribe arranged contracts with the Massena Hospital as well as the Mountain Medical Urgent Care clinics in Malone and Massena to do testing regardless of whether people are showing symptoms. Akwesasne residents on both sides of the border can access the mass testing by scheduling directly with the hospital (315-769-4321) and clinics (518-521-3322).
  • With fewer than 100 cases reported a day over the past week, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health is cautiously optimistic people are taking precautions seriously and the province is seeing a downward trend.
  • There’s worry in Washington, D.C. that politicians won’t be able to reach a bipartisan deal before the end-of-the-week deadline for a coronavirus relief bill.

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