Newswatch COVID-19 Digest: Saturday November 7, 2020

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

  • There have been 81,693 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 1,003 (or 1.2 per cent) from the previous day. There are 70,086 people recovered from the virus while 3,209 people have died. The number of Ontario people tested is 5,305,836 of which 47,074 have pending results.
  • Canada’s coronavirus case total is 255,809. The country has 10,436 deaths from the virus – one in the Yukon, 275 in British Columbia, 352 in Alberta, 25 in Saskatchewan, 96 in Manitoba, 3,209 in Ontario, 6,403 in Quebec, six in New Brunswick, four in Newfoundland & Labrador and 65 in Nova Scotia.
  • The Eastern Ontario Health Unit added eight new cases Friday to bring the total to 676 confirmed positive cases. There were four in Cornwall, two in SD&G and two in Prescott-Russell. Of those, 188 are active and 462 are resolved. There are nine people in hospital, one of them in ICU. There have been 26 deaths. There are four active institutional outbreaks (two fewer than Thursday). Testing increased by 488 to 76,495. The breakdown of cases is: Prescott-Russell 473 cases (112 active), SD&G 109 cases (28 active) and Cornwall 94 cases (48 active).
  • While it doesn’t show up in the statistics yet and likely won’t until Monday, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says another person at Residence Prescott-Russell in Hawkesbury died Friday, bringing the number of deaths at the facility to 16.
  • The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit area added another couple of cases on Friday to bring the regional total to 458 confirmed cases. Of those, nine are active and 396 have recovered. The breakdown is: Leeds-Grenville East (three active), Leeds-Grenville Central (zero active), Leeds-Grenville West (one active), Lanark County West (two active) and Lanark County East (two active). The total number of deaths is 53. There are three active institutional outbreaks – one Carleton Place, two in Brockville.
  • As part of the COVID-19 response framework the Ontario government set out for imposing restrictions, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit is in the “yellow-protect” category which the local medical officer of health says “doesn’t mean much more” as far as guidelines. Dr. Paul Roumeliotis has rescinded his Section 22 order. The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is in the “green-prevent” category. The new rules came into effect at midnight this morning (Saturday).
  • A worker at the Shoppers Drug Mart at 1380 Second Street East in Cornwall tested positive for COVID-19, the drug stores parent company Loblaw reported. The last day they worked was Oct. 30.
  • The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center reported a “spike” of six new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. There are now 11 active cases in the territory “attributed to multiple sources.”
  • Provincial data on Friday shows the case at Rose des Vents school in Cornwall involves one student. The school board made no changes at the school. The health unit says there were two cases at L’Heritage high school but it doesn’t show up yet in provincial data.
  • A third person at Eamer’s Corners Public School on Pitt Street in Cornwall has tested positive for the virus. The health unit is doing contact tracing and has declared an outbreak there. However, there’s been no change to the school day or classes and the school board says there’s no high-risk exposure.
  • The outbreak at the CRFE daycare at Marie-Tanguay school in Cornwall that started on Oct. 26, which involved a total of five cases, was declared over Thursday.
  • Across the region (Cornwall, SD&G and Prescott-Russell) there are 14 active cases in nine schools. Since schools reopened this fall, there have been a total of 33 cases in 19 schools.
  • An election judge in Missouri worked a 15 hour shift at the polls despite testing positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 30. She died in her sleep. The judge worked next to nine other judges at the precinct and more than 1,800 people voted there.
  • Nunavut has its first confirmed case of COVID-19. A rapid response team has been sent to a community along Hudson Bay where a patient is in isolation along with their family. They are all doing well.

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