Published: Thu, March 26, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Ontario reports 85 new coronavirus cases, provincial total at 588

Ontario reports 85 new coronavirus cases, provincial total at 588

Dr. Williams was asked about reports of some long-term care homes not enforcing social distancing between long-term care residents.

Details like the ages, regions, causes of transmission and statuses (hospitalized or self-isolating) of some of these newest cases are still pending and will be released to the public as they become available.

Dr. Theresa Tam told the Senate on Wednesday that both Canadian Blood Services and Hema-Quebec have put "amazing" systems in place to screen donors for symptoms of COVID-19 before allowing them into the blood donation centres.

There are now no lab confirmed cases in Renfrew County, but the health unit is reminding residents social distancing will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Tam explains different areas will focus on testing different groups, depending on how cases crop up. She was a resident of Heritage Green Nursing Home in Stoney Creek.

This time last week, Ontario had 180 confirmed cases - that is an increase of about 217 per cent over the past seven days. The latest figures come as the province saw its largest single-day spike in new cases at 100. One case in a woman in her 20s is listed as "pending". Kingston Frontenac Lennox Adddington confirmed two of the patients are under 18, a male and female, who had been in close contact with a poistive case are in self-isolation.

Two of the new patients remain in hospital receiving medical treatment.

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In an update Tuesday morning, officials reported 85 new confirmed cases of the virus, the highest number reported in one day.

Canadians struggling to make ends meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic waited anxiously for promised federal help on March 25 as the countrywide case toll soared through the 3,000 mark and authorities began going after people violating public health orders.

On Monday evening, the Carpenters' District Council of Ontario, which represents over 30,000 men and women in carpentry, drywall and other skilled trades, called on the government to temporarily halt all construction in the province.

Eight cases have been resolved, and nine are now deceased.

Ontario is considering closing playgrounds in an attempt to prevent spread of novel coronavirus.

"Please do not visit an assessment centre unless you have been referred by a health care professional", the website states.

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