Province reports 1,210 new COVID-19 cases

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 20, 2020

Ontario students won't be getting an extended winter break.

Starting classes remotely in the new year was another option on the table, with the province considering ways to reduce COVID-19 transmission after the holidays.

Premier Doug Ford is expected to speak at Queen's Park at 3:30 p.m. alongside Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Minister of Finance Rod Phillips, and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams.

Ford says the case counts in Toronto, Peel Region, and York Region are very concerning and he will take "targeted" action.

On Thursday, the province saw 1,210 new cases of COVID-19, and 28 deaths. Support workers who don't provide direct resident care will have to verbally attest to testing negative for COVID-19 with no subsequent positive test result in the past two weeks. There are seven known active cases, two of which are in hospital.

The premier noted that the virus is coming into LTC homes through visitors and staff.

"We're looking at any option" to make sure kids can return to in-person learning safely, Lecce said Tuesday.

Ontario is reporting 1,418 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and eight deaths.

Manitoba, which has the highest per capita infection rate in Canada, announced it's tightening the rules for social gatherings and shopping.

York Region has increased from 143 cases to 168, and Ottawa has more than doubled with 77 new cases.

Since yesterday, 44 people have been hospitalized with the coronavirus and 12 COVID patients have been admitted to intensive care units.

Meanwhile, the Canadian leading a United Nations road map for COVID-19 recovery said much human progress has been eroded by the pandemic and that now is the time to make lasting changes.

The update is the latest in a string of promising developments on the vaccine front in recent days.

518 cases are in hospital, 142 are in the ICU, and 92 cases are on ventilators. Outbreaks in schools are manageable, they add.

"Each death is one too many", Health Minister Christian Dubé tweeted.

In an effort to help certain businesses better understand and control the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, the Ford government has launched education and enforcement campaigns across the province. The last case was reported November 15.

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