Wednesday, September 28, 2022

COVID-19: More than 10,000 new cases reported in Ontario

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Public Health Ontario says the province has recorded more than 10,000 new daily cases of COVID-19 for the first time, the Canadian Press reports.

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10,412 diagnoses crossed the previous record set of 9,571 on Friday.

Public Health Ontario is also reporting four more deaths linked to the virus.

The Christmas news came as a surprise late in the evening, with Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeting earlier that the provincial COVID-19 numbers for December 25 would be shared on Boxing Day. The COVID-19 data section of the province’s website, which includes historical and other detailed data, will not be updated until December 29.

In the meantime, Ottawas will have to wait until after Christmas for updated numbers of new infections, hospitalizations, deaths and other closely watched pandemic data points.

Ottawa Public Health’s daily COVID-19 dashboard will not be updated until December 27 and hospitalization data will not be refreshed until December 28.

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Meanwhile, the local booster rollout won’t stop for Christmas. Kim Ayote, general manager of the city’s emergency and protective services, said immunization clinics would continue to operate in select locations and pharmacies during the holidays.

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Meanwhile, Dr. Neeli Kaplan-Myrth, an Ottawa family doctor, has launched a petition calling for the Premier to give each Ontario family a free N95 or KN95 respirator, as a layer of protection against airborne transmission of COVID-19. Called to provide. As of Saturday, it had garnered over 1,000 signatures.

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And a reminder: From Boxing Day, new capacity limits will apply for local skating rinks, tobogganing hilltops, trailheads, and other places where people congregate at outdoor recreational facilities in the city. Capacity will be limited to the maximum number of people that can be accommodated with two meters between them or 25 people (whichever is less), except for external refrigerated rinks, whose capacity limits will be posted.

Everyone using an outdoor recreational facility must stay at least two meters from other non-household members, and must wear a mask before actively participating in the recreational activity.

City bylaw chief Roger Chapman said enforcement of the rules related to COVID-19 is largely done when the branch receives complaints, but the bylaw would be to “proactively inspect areas” that have previously been non-compliant. – Has seen high issues of compliance.

Chapman said that when a complaint comes through 311, the branch follows up and will issue a warning or charge using information and evidence gathered during an investigation.

He added: “We understand this is a difficult time for everyone. (Bylaw and Regulatory Services) will continue to exercise their discretion wherever possible.”

With files from the Canadian Press

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