Newswatch COVID-19 Digest: Tuesday December 8, 2020

Here are the latest local, regional and national headlines on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for Tuesday, December 8, 2020:

  • There have been 129,234 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 1,925 (or 1.5 per cent) from the previous day. There are 109,402 people recovered from the virus while 3,798 people have died. The number of Ontario people tested is 6,626,589 of which 31,238 have pending results.
  • Canada’s coronavirus case total is 423,054. The country has 12,777 deaths from the virus – one in the Yukon, 527 in British Columbia, 631 in Alberta, 60 in Saskatchewan, 407 in Manitoba, 3,798 in Ontario, 7,277 in Quebec, seven in New Brunswick, four in Newfoundland & Labrador and 65 in Nova Scotia.
  • The Eastern Ontario Health Unit region added 36 newly confirmed cases on Monday to bring the regional total to 978 confirmed cases, of which 213 are active (35 more than Friday) and 734 are resolved (zero more than Friday). There were 18 in Prescott-Russell, 14 in Cornwall and four in SD&G. The number of deaths to date is 31. Six people are in hospital. There are seven active outbreaks (three more than Friday). Testing increased by 630 to 85,831. The breakdown of cases is: Prescott-Russell 615 cases (108 active), SD&G 151 cases (35 active), Cornwall 176 cases (65 active) and Akwesasne (ON/QC) 36 cases (five active).
  • The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit added 23 new COVID-19 cases on Monday to bring the regional total to 530 confirmed cases, of which 36 are active (14 more than Friday) and 441 are recovered (nine more than Friday). The person who was in hospital, in the ICU on a ventilator, has been released. The number of deaths to date is 53. There are two active institutional outbreaks. The community case breakdown is: Leeds-Grenville East (13 active), Leeds-Grenville Central (three active), Leeds-Grenville West (eight active), Lanark County West (six active) and Lanark County East (four active).
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says, pending Health Canada approval, the country will receive its first doses (up to 249,000) of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as early as next week. That’s earlier than the originally anticipated timeline of January.
  • The Ontario COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force has identified key populations who will get the vaccine first when shipments start arriving. They are residents, staff, essential caregivers and other employees in congregate living settings, health care workers, adults in Indigenous communities and adults receiving chronic home health care. Hot spot areas will be prioritized.
  • St. Lawrence County (which includes Massena, Canton and Potsdam) recorded three more coronavirus related deaths on Monday to bring the county’s total to 19. One death occurred in the county while another two were people who have St. Lawrence County as their place of residence but may not be there, according to the New York State Department of Health statistics. There were 38 new cases, bringing the total to 1,138.
  • Manitoba is telling its snowbird population to cancel plans to fly south for the winter. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin says the risk is too high. Manitoba had 325 new infections and 12 more deaths reported Monday.
  • Three members of the Toronto Raptors basketball team have tested positive for COVID-19. The players are separated from the rest of the team and are self-isolating at their training camp in Tampa, Fla.

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