Newswatch COVID-19 Digest: Tuesday October 27, 2020

Here are the latest local, regional and national headlines on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for Tuesday, October 27, 2020:

  • There have been 71,224 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 851 (or 1.2 per cent) from the previous day. There are 60,839 people recovered from the virus while 3,099 people have died. The number of Ontario people tested is 4,937,423 of which 17,603 have pending results.
  • Canada’s coronavirus case total is 220,213. The country has 9,973 deaths from the virus – 259 in British Columbia, 307 in Alberta, 25 in Saskatchewan, 55 in Manitoba, 3,099 in Ontario, 6,153 in Quebec, six in New Brunswick, four in Newfoundland & Labrador and 65 in Nova Scotia.
  • The Eastern Ontario Health Unit region added 28 cases on Monday to bring the regional total to 550 confirmed cases regionally. There are seven new cases in the City of Cornwall, one in SD&G and 20 in Prescott-Russell. Of those, 225 active and 308 resolved. There are seven people in hospital, two of those are in ICU. There are five institutional outbreaks – two in Cornwall. Testing increased by 339 to 72,404. The breakdown of cases is: Prescott-Russell 400 cases (182 active), SD&G 101 cases (29 active) and Cornwall 49 cases (14 active).
  • The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit added 13 new cases on Monday to bring the regional total to 439 confirmed cases, of which 17 are active and 369 are recovered. The breakdown is: Leeds-Grenville East (two active), Leeds-Grenville Central (three active), Leeds-Grenville West (one active), Lanark County West (one active) and Lanark County East (nine active). There has been one more death – the person who had battled COVID-19 in ICU at Brockville General Hospital – bringing the total to 53.
  • A second student at Holy Trinity Catholic high school on Tyotown Road has tested positive for COVID-19. However, it’s not considered an outbreak because there is no link between the first and second case, according to the local medical officer of health. In a letter to parents Sunday, obtained by YourTV, the school was going through a deep cleaning to areas where the student may have been.
  • Provincial data shows a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 last week at the CRFE education center on Holy Cross Boulevard in Cornwall. Now, there’s an outbreak. Read more on the outbreak by clicking here.
  • An outbreak has been declared at a second Brockville nursing home. A staff member at St. Lawrence Lodge has tested positive. Chartwell Wedgewood retirement home declared an outbreak on Friday after a resident tested positive for the virus.
  • The Ontario government will release its 2020 budget on Nov. 5 with a three year outlook. Finance Minister Rod Phillips announced the date during the COVID-19 media briefing at Queen’s Park. A multi-year budget will come by the end of March 2021.
  • St. Lawrence County (which includes Massena, Potsdam and Canton) added 16 new cases over the weekend, bringing the county’s total to 389 confirmed cases. There are 38 active cases, most of them in Massena (7) and Potsdam (5). Three people are in hospital and there have been four deaths to date.
  • The so-called red zone lockdown in Quebec – shutting gyms and bars – has been extended for another four weeks. Quebec had another 808 cases on Monday and 10 more deaths.
  • B.C. has put new COVID-19 restrictions in place. Gatherings are now just the immediate household plus a so-called “safe six” guests – but in some cases six may be too many, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Bonnie Henry says.
  • The four federal Opposition parties have come together to launch a probe into how the Trudeau Liberals handled the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Deaths from the coronavirus south of the border are on the rise again. The number of deaths per day has risen 10 per cent in the past two weeks.

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