• Ontario reported a record 1,042 additional cases of COVID-19 today. That raised the provincial total to 70,373. The death toll rose by seven to 3,093. There are 278 people in hospital in the province, down 16, with 79 in intensive care, down three eight, 54 on a ventilator, up one. There are 309 new cases in Toronto, 289 in Peel, 117 in York Region, 80 in Ottawa and 52 in Durham. There are 736 more resolved cases for a total of 60,160 recoveries. There are 6,821 active cases.
  • Ontario completed 38,769 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 4,908,771. Some 23,601 tests are pending.
  • There are 82 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, up four. There are 376 residents with an infection and 282 staff. So far in the pandemic, 1,989 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection. There are 514 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; five are closed. So far, 946 students have been infected, 245 staff and 507 more cases have not been identified.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 80 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 6,554 cases since the first wave of infections began in March. The death toll remained at 314. Forty-seven people are in hospital. Four are in intensive care. There are 688 active cases and there have been 5,472 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 49 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 19 in schools and child-care centres. There are 10 other other outbreaks. The capital is now in a red zone with bans on indoor dining and drinking. Movie theatres, event spaces and performing arts spaces are closed until early November at least.
  • Bylaw officers charged 11 Ottawa restaurants and fitness centres for violating the COVID-19 restrictions during the first two weeks of the modified stage 2.
  • The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is imposing new restrictions on food and drink establishments, sports and recreation facilities and personal care services in Alexandria, Cornwall, Casselman, Clarence-Rockland, Hawkesbury and other areas of eastern Ontario. The new measures were announced as Public Health Ontario reported 43 new cases of COVID-19 in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region on Saturday.
  • The Renfrew County and District Health Unit has seen spikes in COVID-19 cases over the weekend. Ten new cases of COVID-19 have been reported over the weekend. Six of the cases have been in the Renfrew-area and two in the Pembroke area. On Friday, the health unit announced a student at Opeongo High School tested positive for COVID-19. The Renfrew County District School Board says a class of students and a number of staff have been directed to go home and self-isolate. The school will be open on Monday morning for in-person learning.
  • Quebec has broken through a significant milestone to record 100,114 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The province reported 879 new cases Sunday. The death toll is now 6,143, up 11. The number of people in hospital rose by two to 551 with 97 in intensive care, up four. The province completed 25,378 tests on Oct. 23 for a total of 2,966,329. 
  • The Outaouais has seen 2,249 cases so far, up 26. The region’s death toll rose by one to 39. Parts of the region — Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais — entered a red alert zone Sunday. This means restrictions such as: A ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households, with exceptions for single people, caregivers and labour for already-planned work; Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is prohibited. Take-out and delivery services can continue; Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres must close; Being less than two metres apart is prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations; Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit; Hair salons, hotels and other personal care businesses will stay open; All organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.
  • Schools will remain open in the Outaouais, however, all students in high schools must wear a mask at all times on school grounds, including while in classrooms. And some secondary students will go to school every other day.
  • British Columbians appear to have delivered John Horgan’s NDP a majority government. The New Democrats were solidly in majority territory but hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots remain to be counted. The final result is expected to take up to three weeks.
  • Canada now has seen 215,870+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,938+ deaths from the infection and 180,372+ recoveries.
  • Globally, there have now been 42,761,230+ confirmed cases with 1,151,225+ deaths and 28,827,223+ recoveries.

COVID-19 by the numbers

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Oct. 24

  • Ontario reported 978 additional cases of COVID-19 today. That raised the provincial total to 69,331. The death toll rose by six to 3,086. There are 294 people in hospital in the province, up 24, with 82 in intensive care, up eight, 53 on a ventilator, up six. There are 348 new cases in Toronto, 170 in Peel, 141 in York Region, 90 in Ottawa and 51 in Durham. There are 625 more resolved cases for a total of 59,424 recoveries. There are 6,821 active cases.
  • Ontario completed 44,151 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 4,870,002. Some 30,922 tests are pending.
  • There are 78 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, up one. There are 321 residents with an infection and 269 staff. So far in the pandemic, 1,989 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection. There are 514 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; five are closed. So far, 946 students have been infected, 245 staff and 507 more cases have not been identified.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 90 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 6,474 cases since the first wave of infections began in March. The death toll remained at 314. Forty-seven people are in hospital. Four are in intensive care. There are 688 active cases and there have been 5,472 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 49 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 19 in schools and child-care centres. There are 10 other other outbreaks. The capital is now in a red zone with bans on indoor dining and drinking. Movie theatres, event spaces and performing arts spaces are closed until early November at least.
  • Quebec has seen 99,235 confirmed cases, up 1,009. The death toll is now 6,132, up 26. The number of people in hospital rose by nine to 549 with 93 in intensive care, down six. The province completed 26,542 tests on Oct. 22 for a total of 2,940,951. 
  • The Outaouais has seen 2,223 cases so far, up 35. The region’s death toll rose by one to 38. Parts of the region — Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais — entered a red alert zone Sunday. This means restrictions such as: A ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households, with exceptions for single people, caregivers and labour for already-planned work; Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is prohibited. Take-out and delivery services can continue; Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres must close; Being less than two metres apart is prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations; Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit; Hair salons, hotels and other personal care businesses will stay open; All organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.
  • Schools will remain open in the Outaouais, however, all students in high schools must wear a mask at all times on school grounds, including while in classrooms. And some secondary students will go to school every other day.
  • Canada now has seen 213,725+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,920+ deaths from the infection and 179,532+ recoveries.
  • Globally, there have now been 42,395,907+ confirmed cases with 1,146,596+ deaths and 28,624,575+ recoveries.

Oct. 23

  • Ontario reported 841 additional cases of COVID-19 today. That raised the provincial total to 68,353. The death toll rose by nine to 3,080. There are 270 people in hospital in the province, up 10, with 74 in intensive care, up three, 47 on a ventilator, down one. There are 292 new cases in Toronto, 186 in Peel, 88 in Ottawa and 72 in York Region. There are 733 more resolved cases for a total of 58,799 recoveries. There are 6,474 active cases.
  • Ontario completed 40,019 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 4,825,851. Some 35,436 tests are pending.
  • There are 77 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, down three. There are 229 residents with an infection and 237 staff. So far in the pandemic, 1,987 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection. There are 514 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; five are closed. So far, 946 students have been infected, 245 staff and 507 more cases have not been identified.
  • The Ontario government has ordered 700,000 more flu doses than last year, for a total of 5.1 million doses, which is a record number for Ontario, but only would inoculate a third of the population. CBC has more.
  • A data analysis of the most serious breaches of Ontario’s long-term care home safety legislation reveals that six in seven care homes are repeat offenders, and there are virtually no consequences for homes that break that law repeatedly. CBC has more.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 88 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 6,384 cases since the first wave of infections began in March. The death toll rose by five to 314. Forty-four people are in hospital. Four are in intensive care. There are 676 active cases and there have been 5,394 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 48 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 21 in schools and child-care centres. There are six other other outbreaks. The capital is now in a red zone with bans on indoor dining and drinking. Movie theatres, event spaces and performing arts spaces are closed until early November at least.
  • Quebec has seen 98,226 confirmed cases, up 905. The death toll is now 6,106, up 12. The number of people in hospital fell by 13 to 540 with 99 in intensive care, down two. The province completed 27,183 tests on Oct. 21 for a total of 2,914,409. 
  • The Outaouais has seen 2,188 cases so far, up 25. The region’s death toll rose by two to 37. Parts of the region — Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais — entered a red alert zone Sunday. This means restrictions such as: A ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households, with exceptions for single people, caregivers and labour for already-planned work; Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is prohibited. Take-out and delivery services can continue; Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres must close; Being less than two metres apart is prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations; Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit; Hair salons, hotels and other personal care businesses will stay open; All organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.
  • Schools will remain open in the Outaouais, however, all students in high schools must wear a mask at all times on school grounds, including while in classrooms. And some secondary students will go to school every other day.
  • A Quebec health institute released projections Friday suggesting that province’s health system should have the capacity to handle the number of COVID-19 patients expected to need care in the next four weeks.
  • Manitoba reported a total of 163 new infections Friday, most in Winnipeg, and the positivity rate is now up to 6.5 per cent. The province also reported the death of a man in his 80s. He was connected to an outbreak at Winnipeg’s Parkview Place that has killed 15 people.
  • New Brunswick is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 in the Campbellton region.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador is asking passengers who travelled on Air Canada Flight 7484 from Toronto to Deer Lake on Oct. 12 to get tested in relation to a new COVID-19 case announced on Thursday.
  • Canada now has seen 211,076+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,884+ deaths from the infection and 177,450+ recoveries.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government is spending $214 million on COVID-19 vaccines, signing deals with two Canadian biotech firms — a $173-million contract with Quebec’s Medicago to secure the rights to buy 76 million doses of its vaccine and $18.2 million on a potential vaccine from British Columbia’s Precision NanoSystems. The National Research Council is also spending $23 million to support other Canadian vaccine initiatives, Trudeau said.. Trudeau warned it’s unlikely that any of these candidates will be ready this year or early next year.
  • The prime minister also said Canada has acquired “hundreds of thousands” of rapid test kits from the U.S. medical company Abbott. Trudeau said his government has started distributing the kits to provinces and territories, and it will be up to those authorities to decide how to deploy them.
  • Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s top public health doctor told reporters Friday that a record 2,788 new illnesses were reported Thursday, bringing the country’s total count to just over 209,000 COVID-19 cases, including more than 9,800 deaths. She said authorities need the public’s help to rein in infection rates through practices such as limiting in-person contacts, wearing masks and physical distancing.
  • Retailer Le Château is seeking court protection from its creditors while it winds down its operations and liquidates its assets. The Montreal-based fashion chain has closed 123 locations across Canada employing 1,400.
  • Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia’s provincial health officer, is warned that COVID-19 transmission through social gatherings is accelerating the second wave of the pandemic.The province reported a recording breaking 274 new cases on Thursday.
  • Globally, there have now been 42,006,178+ confirmed cases with 1,140,759+ deaths and 28,423,572+ recoveries.

Oct. 22

  • Ontario reported 826 additional cases of COVID-19 today. That raised the provincial total to 68,353. The death toll rose by nine to 3,071. There are 276 people in hospital in the province, up six, with 78 in intensive care, up four, 48 on a ventilator, down one. There are 335 new cases in Toronto, 162 in Peel, 106 in York Region and 70 in Ottawa. There are 741 more resolved cases for a total of 58,066 recoveries. There are 6,390 active cases.
  • Ontario completed 38,860 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 4,785,832. Some 34,784 tests are pending.
  • There are 80 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, down six. There are 203 residents with an infection and 243 staff. So far in the pandemic, 1,984 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection. There are 501 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; five are closed. So far, 920 students have been infected, 241 staff and 480 more cases have not been identified.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 70 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 6,296 cases since the first wave of infections began in March. The death toll rose by one to 309. Forty-nine people are in hospital. Five are in intensive care. There are 675 active cases and there have been 5,201 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 50 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 20 in schools and child-care centres. There are six other other outbreaks. The capital is now in a red zone with bans on indoor dining and drinking. Movie theatres, event spaces and performing arts spaces are closed until early November at least.
  • OC Transpo is set to install barriers on its buses to protect drivers from abusive and sometimes violent passengers.
  • Eastern Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, is calling for stricter measures on bars, restaurants and fitness centres in Alexandria, Cornwall, Casselman, Hawkesbury, Clarence-Rockland and other areas of eastern Ontario to help control the spread of COVID-19. CTV has more.
  • Quebec has seen 97,321 confirmed cases, up 1,033. The death toll is now 6,094, up 20. The number of people in hospital fell by 12 to at 553 with 101 in intensive care, up seven. The province completed 26,070 tests on Oct. 20 for a total of 2,887,226. 
  • The Outaouais has seen 2,163 cases so far, up 32. The region’s death toll remains at 35. Parts of the region — Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais — entered a red alert zone Sunday. This means restrictions such as: A ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households, with exceptions for single people, caregivers and labour for already-planned work; Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is prohibited. Take-out and delivery services can continue; Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres must close; Being less than two metres apart is prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations; Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit; Hair salons, hotels and other personal care businesses will stay open; All organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.
  • Schools will remain open in the Outaouais, however, all students in high schools must wear a mask at all times on school grounds, including while in classrooms. And some secondary students will go to school every other day.
  • Quebecers who are able to work from home should be working from home, Premier Francois Legault said Thursday.
  • “The Chambre de commerce de Montreal will not like me for saying this,” Legault said, just two hours after Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante announced measures to help businesses in the city centre. CTV has more.
  • A long-term care home in Marieville, Quebec about 40 minutes south of Montreal has seen 13 patient deaths, 37 others have tested positive and 45 staff members have caught the virus, according to the workers’ union.
  • A worker at the Olymel pork processing plant southeast of Quebec City has died, just a day after testing positive for COVID-19. The plant has seen at least 40 workers test positive so far.
  • Manitoba reported four new COVID-19 deaths Thursday and 147 new cases of the virus, bringing the total number of active COVID-19 cases to 1,806.
  • In addition a poultry plant in the province has seen 27 cases and one death since Oct. 8.
  • Starting in November, some travellers coming to Alberta from international destinations will be able to take a COVID-19 test when they enter Canada that could reduce the time they are expected to quarantine. The pilot program could be adopted across the country.
  • Alberta reported 427 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, increasing the province’s active tally to 3,519. There are 112 coronavirus patients in hospital, including 18 in ICU. No new deaths were announced.
  • Despite the record numbers of cases, the Alberta government has no plans to impose “indiscriminate” restrictions that would shut down the hospitality industry, says Premier Jason Kenney.
  • Saskatchewan reported 60 new cases of COVID-19. There are 21 people in hospital. Thursday’s numbers bring the total known active cases in the province to 509. There have been 25 deaths. Meanwhile advance voting is underway in most of the province ahead of the Oct. 26 general election.
  • Elections BC estimates that about 1,077,955 votes have already been cast in the provincial election campaign that ends on Oct. 24. A total of 1,986,374 votes were cast in the 2017 provincial election.
  • Canada now has seen 208,235+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,858+ deaths from the infection and 175,257+ recoveries.
  • The House of Commons is again wrestling with a Conservative motion. This one calls for a sweeping review of the Liberal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic that would be conducted by the health committee. The NDP is indicating it will support this motion, meaning that if the prime minister considers it a confidence matter, the government could fall and an election called. It will be voted on Monday. Justin Trudeau says the motion would paralyze the government.
  • The European Union has removed Canada from a list of countries that should be exempt from travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Globally, there have now been 41,341,755+ confirmed cases with 1,133,032+ deaths and 27,782,160+ recoveries.

Oct. 21

  • Ontario reported 790 additional cases of COVID-19 today. That raised the provincial total to 66,686. The death toll rose by nine to 3,062. There are 260 people in hospital in the province, down 14, with 71 in intensive care, down one, 49 on a ventilator, up four. There are 321 new cases in Toronto, 157 in Peel, 76 in York Region and 60 in Ottawa. There are 719 more resolved cases for a total of 57,325 recoveries. There are 6,299 active cases.
  • Ontario completed 32,646 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 4,746,972. Some 29,332 tests are pending.
  • There are 86 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, down one. There are 216 residents with an infection and 260 staff. So far in the pandemic, 1,981 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection. There are 516 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; four are closed. So far, 874 students have been infected, 235 staff and 460 more cases have not been identified.
  • The Red Cross is coming to the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury, Ont., where there are 48 cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff.
  • The Doug Ford government has introduced legislation that, among other things, provides liability protection from COVID-19 exposure to workers, businesses and charities. Ford said Wednesday the bill would not prevent individuals from suing long-term care homes for “gross negligence.”
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 60 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 6,226 cases since the first wave of infections began in March. The death toll rose by four to 308. Forty-eight people are in hospital. Six are in intensive care. There are 717 active cases and there have been 5,201 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 50 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 20 in schools and child-care centres. There six other other outbreaks. The capital is now in a red zone with bans on indoor dining and drinking. Movie theatres, event spaces and performing arts spaces are closed until early November at least.
  • Ottawa’s medical officer of health says at least 28 positive cases of COVID-19 have been linked to organized team sports. Five team outbreaks have been confirmed and another nine are under investigation.
  • Etches said transmission is occurring during the activities, in locker rooms, when participants share food and carpool with those outside their households, when individuals are involved with more than one team and because people aren’t wearing masks.
  • Ottawa is a COVID-19 red zone in which games and scrimmages are banned and participants are supposed to engage only in training with no contact allowed. For sports like hockey and ringette, only 10 people are allowed on the ice at a time. For outdoor sports like football, 25 people can participate at any one time. Locker rooms are for storage and washroom use only. Players and coaches are to keep two metres apart at all times, and everyone is to wear a mask other than during “vigorous physical activity.” Carpooling and tailgate parties are not allowed.
  • Quebec has seen 96,288 confirmed cases, up 1,072. The death toll is now 6,074, up 19. The number of people in hospital remains at 565 with 94 in intensive care, down six. The province completed 21,902 tests on Oct. 19 for a total of 2,861,156. 
  • The Outaouais has seen 2,131 cases so far, up 20. The region’s death toll remains at 35. Parts of the region — Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais — entered a red alert zone Sunday. This means restrictions such as: A ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households, with exceptions for single people, caregivers and labour for already-planned work; Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is prohibited. Take-out and delivery services can continue; Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres must close; Being less than two metres apart is prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations; Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit; Hair salons, hotels and other personal care businesses will stay open; All organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.
  • Schools will remain open in the Outaouais, however, all students in high schools must wear a mask at all times on school grounds, including while in classrooms. And some secondary students will go to school every other day.
  • Manitoba reported 135 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, along with one new death. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Manitoba since March is 3,626 with 43 deaths. The government also raised the amount people will pay in fines for breaking public health rules. Individuals could pay almost $1,300 and businesses $5,000.
  • There are 57 new cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, bringing the total to 2,496 cases. Twenty-five deaths have been reported over all.
  • Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is in isolation after a member of his cabinet tested positive ofr COVID-19. The province recorded a record 406 new cases Wednesday, along with three deaths.
  • British Columbia added 203 cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, the first time the daily case-count in the province has grown by more than 200. Since the pandemic began, 12,057 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the province and there have been 256 deaths.
  • Canada now has seen 205,954+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,826+ deaths from the infection and 173,514+ recoveries.
  • Canadians will not be forced into COVID-19 internment or containment camps, a spokesperson for Health Minister Patty Hajdu said Tuesday. The statement is a response to a disinformation campaign that has been circulating on social media for weeks.
  • NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and his party would not give Prime Minister Justin Trudeau an “excuse” to send Canadians to the polls during the pandemic. The Liberal government survived a self-declared confidence vote over a Conservative motion to create a special anti-corruption Commons committee this afternoon with the help of New Democrats.
  • Globally, there have now been 40,652,097+ confirmed cases with 1,122,036+ deaths and 27,782,160+ recoveries.

Oct. 20

  • Ontario reported 821 additional cases of COVID-19 today. That raised the provincial total to 65,896. The death toll rose by three to 3,053. There are 274 people in hospital in the province, up 22, with 72 in intensive care, up three, 45 on a ventilator, up five. There are 327 new cases in Toronto, 136 in Peel, 64 in York Region and 78 in Ottawa. There are 628 more resolved cases for a total of 56,606 recoveries. There are 6,237 active cases.
  • Ontario completed 24,049 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 4,714,326. Some 24,129 tests are pending.
  • There are 87 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, up one. There are 197 residents with an infection and 249 staff. So far in the pandemic, 1,979 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection. There are 508 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; four are closed. So far, 810 students have been infected, 223 staff and 396 more cases have not been identified.
  • Ontario has extended a number of COVID-19 orders until mid-November. The Ford government said that the extension will apply to all orders under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) except those that deal with hydro prices and access to electronic personal health information.
  • The province will allow dance studios in hot zones to reopen with restrictions. No walk-in dancers will be allowed. Dancers must pre-register for classes and only 10 people are allowed inside at a time.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 78 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 6,166 cases since the first wave of infections began in March. The death toll rose by one to 304. Forty-six people are in hospital, down two. Six are in intensive care. There are 745 active cases and there have been 5,117 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 53 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 23 in schools and child-care centres. There is one other outbreak. The capital is now in a red zone with bans on indoor dining and drinking. Movie theatres, event spaces and performing arts spaces are closed until early November at least.
  • The Vittoria Trattoria on Rivergate Way has been fined $880 by Ottawa Bylaw for violating the provincial order on patio tents, which require two sides of the tent to be open. The restaurant’s patio tent had one side open. CTV has more.
  • About one in every 700 students, or 0.14 per cent, in brick-and-mortar classrooms in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the school year. CBC has more.
  • Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s associate chief medical officer of health, indicated at a press conference on Monday that the province is “very closely monitoring” Halton, Hamilton and Eastern Ontario to see if these areas need to move to modified Stage 2 restrictions, like Toronto, Peel, Ottawa and York Region.
  • Quebec has seen 95,216 confirmed cases, up 877. The death toll is now 6,055, up 11. The number of people in hospital is 565, up 33 with 100 in intensive care, up eight. The province completed 16,291 tests on Oct. 18 for a total of 2,839,254. 
  • The Outaouais has seen 2,111 cases so far, up 49. The region’s death toll remains at 35. Parts of the region — Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais — entered a red alert zone Sunday. This means restrictions such as: A ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households, with exceptions for single people, caregivers and labour for already-planned work; Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is prohibited. Take-out and delivery services can continue; Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres must close; Being less than two metres apart is prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations; Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit; Hair salons, hotels and other personal care businesses will stay open; All organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.
  • Schools will remain open in the Outaouais, however, all students in high schools must wear a mask at all times on school grounds, including while in classrooms. And some secondary students will go to school every other day.
  • Nurses and other health-care workers blocked two major bridges in Montreal and Quebec City Monday, escalating pressure tactics to push the province to address working conditions they say have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • American authorities are seeking three men who drove illegally into the U.S. from Quebecthis weekend through a Vermont man’s backyard. CTV has more.
  • Manitoba reported 110 new cases on Tuesday bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in since March to 3,491. There are 1,746 active cases in the province, along with 1,703 recoveries. The number of First Nations people in the province with COVID-19 rose by 42 new cases.
  • Saskatchewan is reporting 44 new cases Tuesday for a total of 2,439 — 427 of which are considered active. There are 18 people in hospital due to the virus.
  • Canada now has seen 203,289+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,792+ deaths from the infection and 170,299+ recoveries.
  • Globally, there have now been 40,425,663+ confirmed cases with 1,118,635+ deaths and 27,714,999+ recoveries.

Oct. 19

  • Ontario reported 704 additional cases of COVID-19 today. That raised the provincial total to 65,075. The death toll rose by four to 3,050. There are 252 people in hospital in the province, up five, with 69 in intensive care, down two, 40 on a ventilator, down three. There are 244 new cases in Toronto, 168 in Peel, 103 in York Region and 52 in Ottawa. There are 607 more resolved cases for a total of 55,978 recoveries. There are 6,047 active cases.
  • Ontario completed 31,864 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 4,690,277. Some 16,303 tests are pending.
  • There are 86 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, up seven. There are 209 residents with an infection, down five, and 234 staff, up one. So far in the pandemic, 1,980 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection. There are 483 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; four are closed. So far, 736 students have been infected, 203 staff and 373 more cases have not been identified.
  • Ontario is also launching a massive makeover and streamlining of access to and delivery of provincial services. One of the key ideas is the creation of a digital identity for every citizen.
  • Ontario is recommending against Halloween trick-or-treating in Ottawa, Toronto, Peel Region and York Region. It can proceed elsewhere with proper safety protocols.
  • COVID-19 outbreaks are reported at Toronto Western Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and, the worst hit, St. Joseph’s Health Centre where 17 patients and 13 staff have the virus.
  • Premier Doug Ford appeals to protesters to stay away from his neighbourhood because his neighbours are concerned.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 52 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 6,088 cases since the first wave of infections began in March. The death toll remained 303. Forty-eight people are in hospital, up one. Eight are in intensive care. There are 759 active cases and there have been 5,026 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 53 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 24 in schools and child-care centres. There is one other outbreak. The capital is now in a red zone with bans on indoor dining and drinking. Movie theatres, event spaces and performing arts spaces are closed until early November at least.
  • Ontario’s Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Minister, Lisa MacLeod, says she is trying to get dance studios up and running in regions that are currently in a modified version of Stage 2 amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. CP24 has more.
  • A COVID-19 testing facility is open at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex at 1585 Tenth Line Rd. The clinic is operated by the Montfort Hospital.
  • With COVID-19 cases rising in eastern Ontario, the region’s top doctor warns Alexandria, Cornwall, Casselman, Hawkesbury, Clarence-Rockland and other areas of eastern Ontario could roll back to a modified Stage 2. There were 86 new cases of COVID-19 in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region over the last seven days. The high was 23 new cases on Thursday. CTV has more.
  • The pandemic is reshaping the commercial real estate market in downtown Ottawa and in other cities. Capital Current has more.
  • This year’s Bell Capital Cup, one of the largest atom and peewee hockey tournaments in the world, has been indefinitely postponed.
  • Quebec has seen 94,429 confirmed cases, up 1,038. The death toll is now 6,044, up six. The number of people in hospital is 532, up five with 92 in intensive care, up four. The province completed 21,613 tests on Oct. 17 for a total of 2,822,963. 
  • The Outaouais has seen 2,063 cases so far, up 39. The region’s death toll remains at 35. Parts of the region — Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais — entered a red alert zone Sunday. This means restrictions such as: A ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households, with exceptions for single people, caregivers and labour for already-planned work; Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is prohibited. Take-out and delivery services can continue; Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres must close; Being less than two metres apart is prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations; Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit; Hair salons, hotels and other personal care businesses will stay open; All organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.
  • Schools will remain open in the Outaouais, however, all students in high schools must wear a mask at all times on school grounds, including while in classrooms. And some secondary students will go to school every other day.
  • Manitoba reported Monday two more deaths and 80 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 3,382.
  • Saskatchewan reported a record 66 new cases of COVID-19 today. The provincial total is now 2,396 cases. There have been 25 deaths. 
  • Alberta reported 898 new cases over the weekend. The province added 311 cases on Friday, 231 on Saturday and 356 on Sunday. There are 3,138 active cases. The province also reported four deaths Monday. Alberta has reported 22,673 cases and 292 deaths since March.
  • British Columbia reported 499 new cases of COVID-19 in the past three days. A total of 172 new cases were reported Saturday, 153 cases Sunday and 174 cases in the past 24 hours. The total case count is 11,687. There are 1,639 active cases in B.C. Two new deaths were reported over the weekend.
  • Canada now has seen 201,433+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,778+ deaths from the infection and 168,689+ recoveries.
  • The non-essential travel ban between Canada and the U.S. is extended to Nov. 21.
  • Globally, there have now been 40,272,089+ confirmed cases with 1,116,167+ deaths and 27,558,672+ recoveries.

Oct. 18

  • Ontario reported 658 additional cases of COVID-19 today. That raised the provincial total to 64,371. The death toll rose by five to 3,046. There are 247 people in hospital in the province, down 31, with 71 in intensive care, down one, 43 on a ventilator, up one. There are 197 new cases in Toronto, 155 in Peel, 94 in York Region and 67 in Ottawa. There are 685 more resolved cases for a total of 55,371 recoveries. There are 5,954 active cases.
  • Ontario completed 40,850 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 4,658,413. Some 23,609 tests are pending.
  • There are 79 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, up one. There are 214 residents with an infection, up 29, and 223 staff, up 20. So far in the pandemic, 1,980 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection, up one. There are 485 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; five are closed. So far, 690 students have been infected, 195 staff and 357 more cases have not been identified.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 67 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 6,036 cases since the first wave of infections began in March. The death toll rose by two at 303. Forty-seven people are in hospital, down one. Seven are in intensive care. There are 790 active cases and there have been 4,943 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 48 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 26 in schools and child-care centres. There is one other outbreak. The capital is now in a red zone with bans on indoor dining and drinking. Movie theatres, event spaces and performing arts spaces are closed until early November at least.
  • A long-term care home in Hawkesbury, Ont., has had its first death from the novel coronavirus.
  • An employee at the City Hall Service Ottawa kiosk has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Quebec has seen 93,391 confirmed cases, up 1,094. The death toll is now 6,038, up six. The number of people in hospital is 527, up 10 with 88 in intensive care, up three. The province completed 22,650 tests on Oct. 16 for a total of 2,801,350. 
  • The Outaouais has seen 2,024 cases so far, up 16. The region’s death toll rose by one to 35. Parts of the region — Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais — entered a red alert zone Sunday. This means restrictions such as: A ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households, with exceptions for single people, caregivers and labour for already-planned work; Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is prohibited. Take-out and delivery services can continue; Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres must close; Being less than two metres apart is prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations; Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit; Hair salons, hotels and other personal care businesses will stay open; All organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.
  • Schools will remain open in the Outaouais, however, all students in high schools must wear a mask at all times on school grounds, including while in classrooms. And some secondary students will go to school every other day.
  • Canada now has seen 196,321+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,746+ deaths from the infection and 165,446+ recoveries.
  • Globally, there have now been 39,502,909+ confirmed cases with 1,106,705+ deaths and 27,147,928+ recoveries.

Oct. 17

  • Ontario reported 805 additional cases of COVID-19 today. That raised the provincial total to 63,713. The death toll rose by 10 to 3,041. There are 278 people in hospital in the province, up 17, with 72 in intensive care, up five, 42 on a ventilator, up six. There are 374 new cases in Toronto, 107 in Peel, 93 in York Region and 70 in Ottawa. There are 682 more resolved cases for a total of 54,686 recoveries. There are 5,986 active cases.
  • Ontario completed 44,722 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 4,617,563. Some 33,630 tests are pending.
  • There are 78 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, up six. There are 185 residents with an infection, up 27, and 203 staff. So far in the pandemic, 1,979 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection, up five. There are 485 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; five are closed. So far, 690 students have been infected, 195 staff and 357 more cases have not been identified.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 70 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 5,969 cases since the first wave of infections began in March. The death toll remains at 301. Forty-eight people are in hospital, up one. Eight are in intensive care. There are 785 active cases and there have been 4,883 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 48 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 26 in schools and child-care centres. There is one other outbreak. The capital is now in a red zone with bans on indoor dining and drinking. Movie theatres, event spaces and performing arts spaces are closed until early November at least.
  • Quebec has seen 92,297 confirmed cases, up 1,279. The death toll is now 6,032, up 14. The number of people in hospital is 517, up 10 with 85 in intensive care, down two. The province completed 26,627  tests on Oct. 15 for a total of 2,778,700. 
  • The Outaouais has seen 2 008 cases so far, up 45. The region’s death toll remains at 34. Parts of the region — Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais — entered a red alert zone Sunday. This means restrictions such as: A ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households, with exceptions for single people, caregivers and labour for already-planned work; Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is prohibited. Take-out and delivery services can continue; Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres must close; Being less than two metres apart is prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations; Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit; Hair salons, hotels and other personal care businesses will stay open; All organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.
  • Schools will remain open in the Outaouais, however, all students in high schools must wear a mask at all times on school grounds, including while in classrooms. And some secondary students will go to school every other day.
  • Canada now has seen 196,321+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,746+ deaths from the infection and 165,446+ recoveries.
  • Canada’s legal marijuana industry is celebrating a jump in sales, more brick-and-mortar stores and competitive pricing as it celebrates two years in business. Global News has more.
  • In July 2020, an estimated 154,000 passengers arrived in Canada, and of those, an estimated 33,000 then took a domestic flight, according to Transport Canada. Countries such as New Zealand and Australia mandate arriving passengers quarantine at the first place they land. Canada’s quarantine rules do not require a point-of-entry quarantine – if you don’t show symptoms, you can continue to your final destination before quarantining for 14 days, Global News reports.
  • Globally, there have now been 39,502,909+ confirmed cases with 1,106,705+ deaths and 27,147,928+ recoveries.

Oct. 16

  • Ontario reported 712 additional cases of COVID-19 today. That raised the provincial total to 62,908. The death toll rose by nine to 3,031. There are 261 people in hospital in the province, up eight, with 67 in intensive care, up five, 36 on a ventilator, up five. There are 213 new cases in Toronto, 135 in Peel, 99 in Ottawa and 62 in York Region. There are 713 more resolved cases for a total of 54,004 recoveries. There are 5,873 active cases.
  • Ontario completed 38,507 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 4,572,841. Some 37,155 tests are pending.
  • There are 72 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, up one. There are 158 residents with an infection, down one, and 203 staff, up four. So far in the pandemic, 1,974 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection, up five. There are 485 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; five are closed. So far, 690 students have been infected, 195 staff and 357 more cases have not been identified.
  • Long-term care homes in Ontario continue to cope with severe staffing shortages and may not be ready to deal with the second wave of the pandemic, an independent commission has heard. Huffington Post has more.
  • The Ontario government says, until further notice, short-term and temporary absences for social or personal reasons will not be allowed at long-term care homes in Ottawa, Peel Region and Toronto.
  • On Monday, York Region, part of the Greater Toronto Area, is reverting to a modified Stage 2, forcing the closure of indoor dining, gyms and movie theatres.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 99 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 5,899 cases since the first wave of infections began in March. The death toll rose by three to 301. Forty-seven people are in hospital, up one. Eight are in intensive care, down one. There are 792 active cases and there have been 4,806 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 47 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 26 in schools and child-care centres. There are two other outbreaks. The capital is now in a red zone with bans on indoor dining and drinking. Movie theatres, event spaces and performing arts spaces are closed until early November at least.
  • Quebec has seen 91,018 confirmed cases, up 1,055. The death toll is now 6,018, up 13. The number of people in hospital is 507, up 14 with 87 in intensive care, up four. The province completed 29,028 tests on Oct. 14 for a total of 2,752,073. 
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,963 cases so far, up 38. The region’s death toll remains at 34. Parts of the region — Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais — entered a red alert zone Sunday. This means restrictions such as: A ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households, with exceptions for single people, caregivers and labour for already-planned work; Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is prohibited. Take-out and delivery services can continue; Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres must close; Being less than two metres apart is prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations; Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit; Hair salons, hotels and other personal care businesses will stay open; All organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.
  • Schools will remain open in the Outaouais, however, all students in high schools must wear a mask at all times on school grounds, including while in classrooms. And some secondary students will go to school every other day.
  • Manitoba reported 75 new cases Friday. The five-day test positivity rate in the province sits at 5.2 per cent. Manitoba has had 3,172 cases since early March. There are 1,582 active cases and 1,553 people have recovered.
  • Health officials have announced the first COVID-19-related death among Manitoba’s First Nations.
  • Canada now has seen 192,444+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,708+ deaths from the infection and 162,203+ recoveries.
  • Globally, there have now been 38,971,792+ confirmed cases with 1,098,982+ deaths and 26,918,980+ recoveries.

Oct. 15

  • Ontario reported 783 additional cases of COVID-19. That raised the provincial total to 62,196. The death toll rose by five to 3,022. There are 253 people in hospital in the province, up 22, with 62 in intensive care, down two, 31 on a ventilator, down four. There are 239 new cases in Toronto, 136 new cases in Peel, 127 in York Region and 93 in Ottawa. There are 779 more resolved cases for a total of 53,291 recoveries. There are 5,883 active cases.
  • Ontario completed 39,961 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 4,534,334. Some 36,314 tests are pending.
  • There are 71 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, up six. There are 159 residents with an infection, up 17, and 199 staff, up 10. So far in the pandemic, 1,969 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection, up one. There are 451 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; five are closed. So far, 635 students have been infected, 184 staff and 326 more cases have not been identified.
  • The province is temporarily revoking a policy, known as Regulation 24, that forces Ontario school boards to hire teachers with the most seniority. The revocation is being triggered by hiring delays experienced by school boards this fall, said Education Minister Stephen Lecce.
  • The provincial Financial Accountability Office now projects Ontario’s real gross domestic product will decline by 6.8 per cent this year, rather than the nine per cent it forecast in the spring. Provincial economic growth is expected to “rebound strongly” next year — but any significant COVID-19 restrictions could hamper that, the agency said.
  • The agency also predicts a $37.2 billion deficit for 2020-21, but notes the province has yet to allocate more than $9 billion in program spending.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 93 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 5,800 cases since the first wave of infections began in March. The death toll rose by one to 298. Forty-six people are in hospital, down two. Nien are in intensive care, down one. There are 777 active cases and there have been 4,725 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 49 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 24 in schools and child-care centres. There are two other outbreaks. The capital is now in a red zone with bans on indoor dining and drinking. Movie theatres, event spaces and performing arts spaces are closed until early November at least.
  • A 52-year-old long-term care worker has been charged with breaching Quarantine Act by returning to work four days after returning from a after trip abroad. She will be back in court Nov. 24.
  • Ottawa’s English public and Catholic school boards are cancelling year-end exams for secondary students.
  • Independent cinemas in Toronto and Ottawa are coming up with different ways to generate cash as they shut their doors for a second time since the pandemic began. “Anything we can do, we will do because we can’t be open for screenings or rentals,” said Josh Stafford, the owner of the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa. CBC has more.
  • Quebec has seen 89,963 confirmed cases, up 969. The death toll is now 6,005, up 28. The number of people in hospital is 493, up five with 83 in intensive care, up three. Quebec has seen 74,483 recoveries. The province completed 24,612 tests on Oct. 13 for a total of 2,723,045. 
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,925 cases so far, up 41. The region’s death toll remains at 34. Parts of the region — Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais — entered a red alert zone Sunday. This means restrictions such as: A ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households, with exceptions for single people, caregivers and labour for already-planned work; Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is prohibited. Take-out and delivery services can continue; Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres must close; Being less than two metres apart is prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations; Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit; Hair salons, hotels and other personal care businesses will stay open; All organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.
  • Schools will remain open in the Outaouais, however, all students in high schools must wear a mask at all times on school grounds, including while in classrooms. And some secondary students will go to school every other day.
  • Premier Francois Legault says children can trick or treat this Halloween in the province. Children will be allowed to go from door to door in costume, but only with people who live in the same household. People handing out candy will need to maintain two metres distance from the kids. He suggested for people to put candy in baskets outside, separated in bags — and to instruct children to take one without touching any others.
  • The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) has suspended play in its Quebec-based divisions until at least Oct. 28. Five of six teams in the Maritimes Division will play. The Moncton Wildcats will not play for now because of New Brunswick government restrictions.
  • A case of COVID-19 has been traced back to a bingo hall south of Montreal. Bingo has also been banned in the province as a result, said Health Minister Christian Dube on Thursday. The hall in question hosted hundreds of people on Friday and was visited by police on Wednesday, when it hosted another event. Around 170 people had gathered when police arrived. CTV has more.
  • Manitoba‘s surge is continuing with 173 cases reported today. There was also one more death. Manitoba now has 1,527 active cases and has a test-positivity rate of 4.9 per cent. “Many Manitobans have been following the fundamentals from the beginning, but we can see we’ve lost our way with the fundamentals at this point,” Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief medical officer of health, told reporters today. “We can see we are going to need to act.” The Winnipeg area alone has 1,297 active cases and a test positivity rate of 5.8 per cent.
  • British Columbia health officials have identified the province’s first case of multisystem inflammatory system tied to coronavirus infection in a child.
  • Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is a severe reaction to a viral infection and can look similar to Kawasaki syndrome, toxic shock syndrome, or macrophage activation syndrome. Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting or diarrhea, heart problems, and a rash.
  • B.C. announced 142 new coronavirus cases Thursday. The new cases bring the provincial total to 11,034. There are 1,494 active cases. There are 75 people in the hospital in B.C., 24 in intensive care. There were 9,016 tests processed in the past 24 hours, providing a positive test rate of 1.5 per cent.
  • Canada now has seen 191,732+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,699+ deaths from the infection and 161,490+ recoveries. Some 20,477+ cases are active.
  • Globally, there have now been 38,756,289+ confirmed cases with 1,095,216+ deaths and 26,753,000+ recoveries.
  • In the United States, Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, will suspend in-person events until Monday after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for coronavirus. Joe Biden’s presidential campaign said Thursday that Biden had no exposure, though he and Harris spent several hours campaigning together in Arizona on Oct. 8. Both have tested negative for COVID-19 multiple times since then. The U.S. has seen 7,948,755+ cases and 217,314+ deaths.

Oct. 14

  • Ontario reported 721 additional cases of COVID-19. That raised the provincial total to 61,413. The death toll remained at 3,017. There are 231 people in hospital in the province, up one, with 64 in intensive care, up four, 35 on a ventilator, up one. There are 270 new cases in Toronto, 170 new cases in Peel and 79 in York Region. There are 783 more resolved cases for a total of 52,512 recoveries.
  • Ontario completed 32,206 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 4,494,373. Some 26,558 tests are pending.
  • There are 65 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, down one. There are 142 residents with an infection and 189 staff. So far in the pandemic, 1,968 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection. There are 421 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; five are closed. So far, 580 students have been infected, 168 staff and 292 more cases have not been identified.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 45 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 5,707 cases since the first wave of infections began in March. The death toll remained at 297. Forty-eight people are in hospital, up 11. Ten are in intensive care. There are 769 active cases and there have been 4,641 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 49 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 25 in schools and child-care centres. There are three other outbreaks. The capital is now in a red zone with bans on indoor dining and drinking, along with movie theatres, event spaces and performing arts spaces closed.
  • Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches says Ottawa’s per-capita positivity rate is the highest in Ontario. “This is an Ottawa challenge,” Etches told City Council Wednesday. “Ottawa has the highest rate of people testing positive for COVID-19 in the province. Just over the last week, Ottawa had 70 people per 100,000 testing positive. Toronto had 57. If you look at the trend, Ottawa’s rate per 100,000 grew faster than the rate in Toronto, which was relatively stable.”
  • Etches also told Council that she does not recommend residents take their kids out trick-or-treating this Hallowe’en. “I recommend that people stay with the members of their household, that you look at ways to have candy for kids in your household in a different way,” she said.
  • A group representing thousands of businesses in Ottawa is asking the premier and his ministers for an immediate meeting about the province’s decision to close down certain sectors in COVID-19 hot spots. CBC has more.
  • Etches said today that she “absolutely” supports the province’s decision to close down bars, restaurants, gyms and theatres for 28 days.
  • Ottawa city council rejected a move by Coun. Shawn Menard on Wednesday that would have given the Ottawa Police Service a smaller budget increase next year, and a larger one to Ottawa Public Health. CBC has more.
  • Quebec has now seen 88,994 confirmed cases, up 844. The death toll is 5,976, up six. The number of people in hospital is 488, up 20, with 80 in intensive care, down five. The province completed 20,959 tests on Oct. 12 for a total of 2,698,933. 
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,841 cases so far, up 11. The region’s death toll remains at 34. Parts of the region — Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais — entered a red alert zone Sunday. This means restrictions such as: A ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households, with exceptions for single people, caregivers and labour for already-planned work; Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is prohibited. Take-out and delivery services can continue; Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres must close; Being less than two metres apart is prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations; Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit; Hair salons, hotels and other personal care businesses will stay open; All organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.
  • Schools will remain open in the Outaouais, however, all students in high schools must wear a mask at all times on school grounds, including while in classrooms. And some secondary students will go to school every other day.
  • A brand new 600-bed hospital will be built in the OutaouaisLe Droit reports. Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé will announce it today. The hospital will be affiliated with McGill University. The region will see a net gain of 240 short-term beds as a result and is expected to spark a review and reorganization of the regional health network.
  • Police in Boisbriand, near Montreal, broke up an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish religious celebration on Saturday night that had grown to more than 750 people, arresting one person and handing out more than 16 tickets in the process.
  • New Brunswick is reporting eight new cases; two in Moncton and six in the Campbellton region. There are 150 people in isolation in the Moncton region, and 320 people in Campbellton. nThe total number of active cases is 90. There are five people in hospital, one in ICU.
  • Manitoba reported 146 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, mostly in Winnipeg, along with two more deaths. Per capita, Manitoba has the second-highest number of active cases in the country behind Quebec, according to data on Health Canada’s website. Manitoba has had 2,925 COVID-19 cases to date. Health officials said 37 people have died and 27 were in hospital on Wednesday.
  • Canada now has seen 188,959+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,663+ deaths from the infection and 159,036+ recoveries.
  • A mental health gender gap that was forged early in the COVID-19 pandemic has been reinforced, according to the latest survey by The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in collaboration the global research technology company Delvinia. The survey of 1,003 adults, conducted between September 18 and 22 as elementary and high schools were reopening, reveals that women had higher levels of anxiety and loneliness than men, and parents of children under 18 had higher levels of depression compared to adults without children in this age group.
  • The Skate Canada International Grand Prix has been canceled. The event was scheduled for Oct. 30-31 in Ottawa.
  • WestJet will eliminate 100 flights, about 80 per cent of the airline’s service in and out of Atlantic Canada, along with suspending its flight between Quebec City and Toronto. The routes will be cancelled as of Nov. 2. About 100 jobs will be eliminated.
  • Globally, there have now been 38,351,539+ confirmed cases with 1,089,186+ deaths and 26,540,006+ recoveries.
  • Britain is pursuing targeted local restrictions — such as closing pubs in Liverpool, England — to avoid another national lockdown and closure of schools. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was trying to take a balanced approach between the extremes of “shuttering our lives and our economy” and abandoning the fight. Johnson announced a three-tier alert system, under which areas of highest concern — including Liverpool — will see pubs and bars close and almost all mixing of households banned, though schools will remain open. In the middle tier, people won’t be allowed to meet indoors with others who are not part of their households. The lowest tier will see pubs close at 10 p.m. and gatherings limited to six.

Oct. 13

  • Ontario reported 746 additional cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, along with 807 cases Monday. That raised the provincial total to 60,692. The death toll rose by 12 to 3,017. There are 230 people in hospital in the province, up 13, with 60 in intensive care, up nine, 34 on a ventilator, up two. There are 5,946 active cases, a record. There are 311 new cases in Toronto, 135 in Peel and 116 in Ottawa today. There are 1,292 more resolved cases for a total of 51,729 recoveries.
  • Ontario completed 31,233 in the past 24 hours for a total of 4,462,167. Some 24,420 tests are pending.
  • There are 66 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, up two. There are 157 residents with an infection and 210 staff. So far in the pandemic, 1,968 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection. There are 436 schools with a reported case of COVID-19; three are closed. So far, 531 students have been infected, 157 staff and 260 more cases have not been identified.
  • A Hamilton spinning studio has been identified as the site of a super-spreader event as more than 50 cases of COVID-19 have been reported over the long weekend. Thirty-seven riders who visited SpinCo between Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 have tested positive. There have been exposures outside the studio which have raised the total to 51, as of Tuesday morning. Public health officials are warning that potentially 100 SpinCo riders and outside contacts may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • The Ontario Energy Board says a “typical” residential hydro customer can expect a $2.24 increase in their monthly bill starting Nov. 1. Ontario is going to time-of-use (TOU) and tiered electricity pricing after months of charging hydro customers a flat rate of 12.8 cents/kWh.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 119 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 5,654 cases since the first wave of infections in the city began in March. The death toll remained at 297. Thirty-eight people are in hospital. Nine are in intensive care. There are 833 active cases and there have been 4,411 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 45 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 24 in schools and child-care centres. There are three other outbreaks. The capital is now in a red zone with bans on indoor dining and drinking, along with movie theatres, event spaces and performing arts spaces closed.
  • Ottawa Public Health (OPH) categorizes the source of COVID-19 infections under five labels: outbreak, close contact, travel, no known source and no information available. Based on the latest numbers reported Monday, unknown sources of infections and cases with no information available have made up more than 36 per cent of Ottawa’s 5,546 cases since the start of the pandemic. CBC has more.
  • OC Transpo special constables will start handing out fines for transit users who are not wearing masks, unless they have a good reason. The transit agency says three drivers have tested positive for COVID-19 this month alone.
  • CBC reports the City of Ottawa has shut down the “Great Kanata and Stittsville Spookby and Food Drive” because officials say it contravenes COVID-19-related restrictions, even though organizers say the province gave them the green light. The plan was to collect food Oct. 31 for the Kanata Food Cupboard from homes on six different predetermined routes. People were to leave contributions at the end of their driveways and volunteers would pick them up, place them in a decorated truck, leaving behind bags of candy.
  • Quebec has now seen 87,791 confirmed cases, up by 815. The death toll rose by five to 5,970. The number of people admitted to hospital rose by 11 to 468 with 85 in intensive care, up 10. The province completed 20,386 tests on Oct. 11 for a total of 2,677,474. 
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,830 cases so far, up 31. The region’s death toll remains at 34. Parts of the region — Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais — entered a red alert zone Sunday. This means restrictions such as: A ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households, with exceptions for single people, caregivers and labour for already-planned work; Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is prohibited. Take-out and delivery services can continue; Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres must close; Being less than two metres apart is prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations; Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit; Hair salons, hotels and other personal care businesses will stay open; All organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.
  • Schools will remain open in the Outaouais, however, all students in high schools must wear a mask at all times on school grounds, including while in classrooms. And some secondary students will go to school every other day.
  • Manitoba is reporting 124 new cases of COVID-19, a record number. The province has also seen one new death for a total of 35. Eight people have died of COVID-19 since Oct. 9. This means that as of 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 16, the maximum allowable number for gatherings in the home will be 15.
  • New Brunswick is reporting six new COVID cases and an outbreak at a long term care home in Campbellton.
  • For the eighth straight day, Saskatchewan has reported a double-digit increase in COVID cases. Health officials said there were 34 new cases for a total of 2,174.
  • Alberta reported 961 new cases and four deaths over the Thanksgiving weekend. There are now 97 people in hospital, 13 in intensive care. Alberta has 2,615 active cases, up from 2,225 Friday. Alberta Health is laying off some 11,000 workers in housekeeping, laundry and food services. The ministry says no frontline workers will be affected. Most of the jobs will be outsourced.
  • Across British Columbia, 549 infections have been reported since Friday, for a total of 10,734. Of the cases,  1476 are active with 77 in hospital and 24 in ICU. There have been five new deaths for a total of 250. There are 20 outbreaks in the healthcare system.
  • Canada now has seen 185,371+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,645+ deaths from the infection and 156,447+ recoveries. Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam reported the country has 19,134 active COVID-19 cases.
  • Dr. Theresa Tam said today that she believes, with proper precautions, Halloween trick or treat can proceed outdoors and a safe physical distance. People are asked to hand out individual packages of treats, rather than allow children to rummage through a bowl of candy.
  • A new report compiled by the Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC) show that more than 600 incidents of anti-East Asian racism have been reported since the emergence of COVID-19. Nearly a third of the reported incidents (30 per cent) involved a form of assault, including targeted coughing, spitting or physical violence. More than a quarter of the anti-Asian racist incidents reported across Canada during the pandemic have taken place in Toronto, the CCNC report found.
  • A new report says COVID-19 has widened the gap between the haves and have-nots in Canada, amplifying the economic disparities that existed pre-pandemic. The affordability index by BDO Canada Ltd. found that while one in five Canadians say they are better off, nearly two in five say their personal finances deteriorated during the first wave.
  • Some 240,000 Canadians applied for the new Canada Relief Benefit on Monday, the first day of applications.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today that Canada has secured 28.4 million rapid tests from medical device company Abbott Laboratories. The two rapid tests, Panbio and ID Now, have been proven to deliver results in less than 20 minutes.
  • Dr. Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said that the ID Now tests will be deployed possibly by the end of the week or early next week. It’ll be up to the provinces and territories on how they use these tests but suggested long-term care homes and high-risk workplace settings, such as meatpacking plants as possible places. 
  • Justin Trudeau said he would push for national standards that would govern long term care for seniors in a conference call with premiers this week. The premiers are expected to push back on that.
  • The prime minister deflected questions about the WE Charity scandal during a briefing on the COVID-19 response. The Conservatives are calling for a special Commons committee to examine the scandal.
  • Moderna Inc says Health Canada will review its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in real time, becoming the third vaccine maker in the process that may speed up approval. Health Canada is already conducting real-time reviews of COVID-19 vaccine candidates from BioNTech SE and Pfizer Inc, as well as AstraZeneca. Moderna said it has begun the rolling submission in Canada following positive early results from studies of its vaccine candidate, mRNA-1273.
  • Globally, there have now been 38,006,121+ confirmed cases with 1,083,875+ deaths and 26,354,211+ recoveries.
  • Johnson & Johnson has paused the large late-stage clinical trial of its coronavirus vaccine because of an “unexplained illness” in one of the volunteers, the company says. The company did not say whether the sick participant had received the experimental vaccine or a placebo. The pause was first reported by the health news website Stat.
  • China reported its first locally transmitted COVID-19 infections in nearly two months, as the city of Qingdao launched a testing drive after discovering new cases linked to a hospital designated to treat imported infections. The National Health Commission said 13 COVID-19 infections were reported on Oct. 12, down from 21 a day earlier. Seven of the new cases were imported infections that originated from overseas, while all six local cases were reported in the eastern province of Shandong, where Qingdao is located. The last time China reported local COVID-19 transmissions was on Aug. 15, when a total of four confirmed cases were reported in Xinjiang.
  • Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has COVID-19.
  • The number of daily COVID-19 infections in The Netherlands on Tuesday was a record 7,393 cases. The number of deaths rose by 34. Also on Tuesday, an 89-year-old Dutch woman, who was infected with COVID-19 for the second time this year, has died. This is, according to the NOS, the first death of a person in The Netherlands who was infected twice.
  • The Dutch government is expected to issue additional measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. One of the most densely populated nations on the planet, Holland has seen 194,550+ cases and 6,689+ deaths.

Oct. 12

  • Ottawa Public Health reported 119 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 5,546 cases since the first wave of infections in the city began in March. The death toll remained at 297. Thirty-eight people are in hospital. Nine are in intensive care. There are 833 active cases and there have been 4,411 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 45 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 24 in schools and child-care centres. There are three other outbreaks.
  • Quebec has now seen 86,976 confirmed cases, up by 843. The death toll rose by 12 to 5,965. The number of people admitted to hospital rose by 20 to 457 with 75 in intensive care, up three. The province completed 19,161 tests on Oct. 10 for a total of 2,657,088. 
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,799 cases so far up 23. The region’s death toll remains at 34. Parts of the region — Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais — entered a red alert zone Sunday. This means restrictions such as: A ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households, with exceptions for single people, caregivers and labour for already-planned work; Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is prohibited. Take-out and delivery services can continue; Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres must close; Being less than two metres apart is prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations; Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit; Hair salons, hotels and other personal care businesses will stay open; All organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.
  • Schools will remain open in the Outaouais, however, all students in high schools must wear a mask at all times on school grounds, including while in classrooms. And some secondary students will go to school every other day.
  • Ontario’s case total is 59,139. The province will release daily numbers on Tuesday. The death toll is 3,005. There were 217 people in hospital in the province on Sunday. There were 5,697 actives cases.
  • Ontario announced it had completed 44,138 Sunday for a total of 4,394,461. Some 45,837 tests were pending.
  • The Red Cross is to help out at seven Ottawa-area long-term care homes. The news was delivered by federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair who tweeted: “Today, our government approved a request for the @redcrosscanada to help assess and stabilize the situation in 7 long term care facilities in Ottawa. Working together, we will get through this.” The administrators of at least three long-term care homes in the Ottawa area say they were blindsided by news the Canadian Red Cross was being sent into their facilities, CBC reports.
  • Warning: OC Transpo will fine people not wearing masks without a good reason starting Tuesday.
  • Manitoba saw two deaths linked to COVID-19 on Thanksgiving Monday, including a man in his 40s who is believed to be the youngest person in the province to die from the virus. There were 77 new cases reported, 56 in Winnipeg.
  • Canada now has seen 182,839+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,627+ deaths from the infection and 154,258+ recoveries.
  • Canadian universities could lose as much as $3.4 billion this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Canada has projected, in large part due to a decrease in the number of foreign students. Tuition fees make up an increasingly large portion of university revenues, the agency said. In 2013-2014, tuition fees accounted for 24.7 per cent of school funding, while they made up 29.4 per cent in 2018-2019.
  • Reminder: Applications for the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) are now open. The program helps workers who are not eligible for EI or one of the other new recovery benefits. 
  • Globally, there have now been 37,706,961+ confirmed cases with 1,078,068+ deaths and 26,172,754+ recoveries.
  • Europe surpassed 100,000 daily reported COVID-19 cases for the first time last week. Cases continued to grow over the weekend.
  • The Czech Republic has Europe’s highest rate of coronavirus infection, with 433 cases per 100,000 people in the past 14 days. The total number of cases rose to 117,110 on Monday in the country of 10.7 million.
  • Russia reported its highest daily coronavirus cases ever on Sunday at 13,634 cases, prompting Moscow authorities to consider closing bars and nightclubs. Russia has the fourth-highest case toll in the world, behind the U.S., India and Brazil.
  • France saw more than 26,000 new cases on Saturday — its highest daily toll since the pandemic started as bars and restaurants shuttered in a number of cities there last week.
  • In the United Kingdom, where nearly 13,000 new cases were reported on Sunday, the British government is expected to announce a three-tier system of restrictions to simplify the rules and avoid confusion. Britain has experienced Europe’s deadliest outbreak, with an official death toll of 42,825, up another 65 on Sunday.
  • A new study has found that the novel coronavirus can survive and remain infectious on some surfaces — including bank notes such as those used in Canada — for at least 28 days, provided the temperature is right.
  • Researchers tested the virus on several surfaces, including cotton and bank notes, at numerous temperatures. They found that the virus dies significantly faster on surfaces in hotter temperatures and can survive on several non-porous surfaces for up to four weeks — much longer than previous studies have indicated.

Oct. 11

  • Ontario’s daily case count was 649 today. That raised the provincial total to 59,139. The death toll rose by one to 3,005. There are 217 people in hospital in the province, up four, with 51 in intensive care, up three, 32 on a ventilator, up three. There are 5,697 active cases. There are 157 new cases in Peel, 140 in Toronto, 87 in York Region and 54 in Ottawa. There are 705 more resolved cases for a total of 50,437 recoveries.
  • Ontario completed 44,138 in the past 24 hours for a total of 4,394,461. Some 45,837 tests are pending.
  • There are 58 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, up two. There are 146 residents with an infection and 197 staff. Two more residents have died. So far in the pandemic, 1,961 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 54 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 5,427 cases since March. The death toll remained at 297. Thirty-seven people are in hospital. Nine are in intensive care. There are 816 active cases and there have been 4,313 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 44 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 24 in schools and child-care centres. There are three other outbreaks.
  • Quebec has now seen 86,133 confirmed cases, up by 942. The death toll rose by three to 5,953. The number of people admitted to hospital fell by seven to 437 with 72 in intensive care, down one. The province completed 24,503 tests on Oct. 9 for a total of 2,637,927. A website maintained by a citizen says that 948 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 975 schools are now reporting a case. So far 2,669 students and 666 staff have now tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,776 cases so far, up 31. The region’s death toll remains at 34. Parts of the region — Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais — entered a red alert zone Sunday. This means restrictions such as: A ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households, with exceptions for single people, caregivers and labour for already-planned work; Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is prohibited. Take-out and delivery services can continue; Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres must close; Being less than two metres apart is prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations; Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit; Hair salons, hotels and other personal care businesses will stay open; All organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.
  • Schools will remain open, however, all students in high schools must wear a mask at all times on school grounds, including while in classrooms. And some secondary students will go to school every other day.
  • Canada now has seen 181,617+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,610+ deaths from the infection and 152,040+ recoveries.
  • Reminder: Applications for the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) open on Oct. 12. The program helps workers who are not eligible for EI or one of the other new recovery benefits. 
  • Globally, there have now been 37,267,921+ confirmed cases with 1,073,780+ deaths and 25,923,754+ recoveries.

Oct. 10

  • Ontario’s daily case count was 809 today. That raised the provincial total to 58,490. The death toll rose by seven to 3,004. There are 213 people in hospital in the province, down 12, with 48 in intensive care, up one, 29 on a ventilator. There are 5,754 actives cases. There are 358 new cases in Toronto, 123 in Peel, 94 in Ottawa and 76 in York Region. There are 700 more resolved cases for a total of 49,732 recoveries.
  • Ontario completed 44,298 in the past 24 hours for a total of 4,350,323. Some 56,138 tests are pending.
  • There are 58 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, up two. There are 150 residents with an infection and 187 staff. Six more residents have died. So far in the pandemic, 1,961 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 94 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 5,373 cases since March. The death toll rose by one to 297. Thirty-nine people are in hospital. Nine are in intensive care. There are 847 active cases and there have been 4,229 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 42 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 25 in schools and child-care centres. There are three other outbreaks.
  • Quebec has now seen 85,191 confirmed cases, up by 1,097. The death toll rose by 14 to 5,950. The number of people admitted to hospital rose by 11 to 444 with 73 in intensive care, up six. The province completed 28,773 tests on Oct. 8 for a total of 2,613,424. A website maintained by a citizen says that 928 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 1,016 schools are reporting a case and 2,542 students and 647 staff have now tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,745 cases, up by 53 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. Parts of the region — Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais — will enter a red alert zone Sunday, the province says. This means restrictions such as: A ban on gatherings at private homes with visitors from different households, with exceptions for single people, caregivers and labour for already-planned work; Indoor dining at bars and restaurants is prohibited. Take-out and delivery services can continue; Libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres must close; Being less than two metres apart is prohibited. Masks will be mandatory during demonstrations; Houses of worship and venues for events like funerals and weddings will have a 25-person limit; Hair salons, hotels and other personal care businesses will stay open; All organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.
  • Schools will remain open, however, all students in high schools must wear a mask at all times on school grounds, including while in classrooms. And some secondary students will go to school every other day.
  • Canada now has seen 180,026+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,606+ deaths from the infection and 151,335+ recoveries.
  • While the Canada-U.S. land border is closed to non-essential traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians can still fly to the United States for leisure travel. CBC has more.
  • Globally, there have now been 37,019,381+ confirmed cases with 1,069,953+ deaths and 25,711,805+ recoveries.
  • Donald Trump appeared in public on the Truman Balcony of the White House where he addressed a crowd on the south lawn of the presidential residence. His appearance happened as cases of COVID-19 are surging again in the United States where there have been 7.708,766+ confirmed cases along with 214,302+ deaths. There were more than 57,000 confirmed cases reported in the past 24 hours.

Oct. 9

  • The Ontario cabinet has decided to send Toronto. Peel Region and Ottawa into a modified Stage 2 of opening beginning Saturday. This will mean that indoor dining will end, gym and fitness centres, bingo halls casinos, cinemas, performing arts centres and racetracks will shut. Bars and clubs will close. Meeting spaces can open to a maximum of 10 people, but may close. Schools will remain open. These restrictions will be in force for the next 28 days. The gathering limit is 10 people indoors and 25 outside.
  • Ontario’s daily case count was a record-setting 939 today. That raised the provincial total to 57,681. The death toll rose by five to 2,997. There are 225 people in hospital in the province, up nineteen, with 47 in intensive care, 29 on a ventilator. There are 5,652 actives cases. There there are 336 new cases in Toronto, 150 in Peel and 126 in Ottawa. There are 724 more resolved cases for a total of 49,032 recoveries.
  • Ontario completed 44,914 in the past 24 hours for a total of 4,306,025. Some 58,173 tests are pending.
  • There are 56 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, up four. There are 145 residents with an infection and 178 staff. One more residents has died. So far in the pandemic, 1,956 residents have died because of COVID-19 infection.
  • There are 429 schools with a reported case of COVID-19. In Ottawa three schools are closed because of an outbreak: St. Jerome Elementary School in Riverside South where two staff members at the school had tested positive is the latest. The other two are École Horizon-Jeunesse and École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité.
  • The City of Toronto has suspended some recreation programs affecting some 20,000 people effective Oct. 13, these programs and services are suspended: registered and instructional programs such as learn to skate and swim programs, dance, group fitness and wellness programs; hockey games and scrimmages; drop-in sports programs other than leisure and lane swim and leisure skate; table tennis, billiards, foosball; access to the city’s two conservatories and indoor permits for social gatherings and sport games/group fitness.
  • There have been 876 cases of infection in schools; 482 students, 149 staff and 245 not identified.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 126 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 5,279 cases since March. The death toll remained at 296. Thirty-four people are in hospital. Eight are in intensive care. There are 875 active cases and there have been 4,108 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 40 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 24 in schools and child-care centres. There are three other outbreaks.
  • A new daily increase in COVID-19 patients admitted into critical care this week is a spike not seen in Ontario since June, according to new data obtained by CBC News.
  • Quebec has now seen 84,094 confirmed cases, up by 1,102. The death toll rose by 21 to 5,936. The number of people admitted to hospital rose by eight to 433 with 67 in intensive care, down one. The province completed 29,387 tests on Oct. 7 for a total of 2,584,651. A website maintained by a citizen says that 928 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 1,016 schools are reporting a case and 2,542 students and 647 staff have now tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,692 cases, up by 31 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. The region is one of 10 regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. Nine regions are now in red alert and six are in yellow. No regions are in the green zone.
  • Three more Manitobans have died after COVID-19 outbreaks at two Winnipeg long-term care homes. Eighty-four new cases are being reported across the province with 64 in the provincial capital.
  • New Brunswick reported 13 more COVID cases today. There are 37 active cases in the province. According to Public Health, there are three people hospitalized. To date, 238 cases have been reported and New Brunswick has seen 199 recoveries.
  • Alberta’s premier says the province will not be following Ontario’s lead in imposing new restrictions because of a jump in cases of COVID-19. Numbers have jumped in Alberta, especially in Edmonton, but Jason Kenney says his government will continue to take a lighter approach when it comes to restrictions.
  • Alberta recorded 277 new cases of COVID-19 Friday and one additional death related to the disease. There were 80 cases of COVID-19 linked to the outbreak at the long-term care centre, according to an update Friday afternoon from Shepherd’s Care. Of the cases, 53 were in residents and 27 were in staff members. Seven of the 53 residents with COVID-19 have died. There were 2,225 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, 1,329 of which in the Edmonton zone. Of the 277 new cases reported Friday, 157 — or nearly 57 per cent — were in the Edmonton zone.
  • British Columbia has registered its 10,000th case of COVID-19. There were 110 new cases today. B.C. has a total of 10,066 cases of the virus to date. There are 1,394 active cases and 3,139 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. Seventy-six people are in hospital, 17 in critical care. There was one new death, bringing that total to 245.
  • Canada now has seen 178,018+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,588+ deaths from the infection and 149,244+ recoveries.
  • Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said there were 2,400 new cases recorded across the country on Thursday – the highest one-day increase in reported cases since the start of the pandemic. She said it’s vital that Canadians limit their contacts and deny the virus opportunities to spread.
  • Tam released projections showing that the national caseload could climb to 197,830 by Oct. 17, with up to 9,800 deaths. The virus is spreading most rapidly in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta, and each new case in Canada is spreading infection to more than one person. She urged Canadians to cut contacts by 25 per cent.
  • The public health official warned Canada could see 5,000 cases a day if the current spike cannot be flattened.
  • “We’re at a tipping point in this pandemic. Not only is the second wave underway, yesterday we hit the highest daily recorded cases, well above what saw this spring,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “We flattened the curve before, we can do it again.” 
  • Trudeau announced an overhauled rent relief program, which the government said will now allow businesses to apply directly for relief through the Canada Revenue Agency. The old program was criticized because it depended on buy-in from landlords, who were under no obligation to participate.
  • The federal government also says some targeted aid is coming for some businesses hit by closures as a second wave of COVID-19 hits parts of the country. The exact amount will be announced in subsequent days.
  • As well, the federal government will send $100 million more to food banks across the country.
  • Canada’s economy created 378,000 jobs in September, even as COVID-19 cases surged. Some 334,000 were full-time positions, according to Statistics Canada.
  • Health Canada will start a real-time review of Germany’s BioNTech SE and Pfizer Inc’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine, the companies said on Friday. The companies said they would submit safety and efficacy data from the trial of their COVID-19 vaccine to Canada’s health ministry under a rolling submission as and when it becomes available.
  • Globally, there have now been 36,542,723+ confirmed cases with 1,062,360+ deaths and 25,477,352+ recoveries.
  • Spain has declared a state of emergency in Madrid because of rising cases. Spain has seen 861,112+ cases overall along with 32,929+ deaths.

Oct. 8

  • Ontario’s daily case count was a record-setting 797 today. That raised the provincial total to 56,742. The death toll rose by four to 2,992. There are 206 people in hospital in the province, up nine, with 47 in intensive care, up four, 29 on a ventilator, up one. There are 5,442 active cases. There are 265 new cases in Toronto, 183 in Ottawa, 134 in Peel and 78 in York Region. There are 695 more resolved cases for a total of 48,308 recoveries.
  • Ontario completed 48,488 tests for a total of 4,261,111.
  • There are 57 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, up four. There are 153 residents with an infection and 172 staff. Three more residents have died.
  • There are 415 schools with a reported case of COVID-19. Two are closed at present. There have been 822 cases of infection in schools; 453 students, 139 staff and 203 not identified.
  • Ontario’s Patient Ombudsman says complaints about long-term care homes shot up by over 370 per cent from March 1 to June 30 — and is now issuing recommendations to help the sector manage rising case counts of COVID-19. As of Wednesday, the province was reporting 1,952 resident deaths in long-term care, representing just over 65 per cent of the province’s overall COVID-19 death rate.
  • Dr. David Williams, the province’s chief medical officer of health, told reporters Thursday there was growing cause for concern over the rise in novel coronavirus cases and to “stay tuned” about possible new public health measures as cases rise and positivity rates go up. 
  • Ottawa Public Health reported a shocking new record of 183 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 5,153 cases since March. The death toll rose one to 296. Thirty-two people are in hospital. Seven are in intensive care. There are 879 active cases and there have been 3,978 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 40 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 24 in schools and child-care centres.
  • One person who showed up at an indoor wedding in Ottawa with mild symptoms kicked off a chain reaction of transmission that saw 22 people infected and more than 200 people forced to self-isolate in just 15 days. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) shared a diagram on Twitter on Thursday morning to illustrate how quickly the the virus can spread in large group settings when precautions aren’t taken.
  • Quebec has now seen 82,992 confirmed cases, up by 1,078. The death toll rose by nine to 5,915. The number of people admitted to hospital rose by 16 to 425 with 68 in intensive care, up six. The province completed 29,949 tests on Oct. 6 for a total of 2,555,264. A website maintained by a citizen says that 904 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 975 schools are reporting a case and 2,378 students and 609 staff have now tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,661 cases, up by 32 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. The region is one of 10 regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. Nine regions are now in red alert and six are in yellow. No regions are in the green zone.
  • Trois-Rivieres, Portneuf, Becancourt, Nicolet-Yamaska and Drummond are entering the red zone. Most red zone measures will be in force as of Saturday, but those concerning schools will be applied a few days later. 
  • Ahead of Thanksgiving weekend, police checkpoints will be erected in certain areas across the province at the request of regional health — to remind people of government recommendations regarding travel between regions. 
  • School board elections have been delayed in Quebec’s English system because of the pandemic. Quebec Premier François Legault made the announcement during Wednesday’s news briefing, but could not say when the elections will instead be held. Elections were scheduled for Nov. 1, but the majority of candidates have already been acclaimed.
  • There are 67 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba on Thursday, 57 in the Winnipeg health region. Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin previously said a test positivity rate higher than three per cent would indicate significant community spread. That rate in Winnipeg is now 3.3 per cent.
  • Canada now has seen 174,998+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,554+ deaths from the infection and 147,211+ recoveries.
  • At least 10 per cent of Canadian parents have had a child sent home from school because of COVID-19-related symptoms since classes restarted, a new survey has found. Children First Canada and Abacus Data found that 13 per cent of parents in Canada have had a child sent home from school, leaving them to struggle with adjusting schedules while waiting for COVID-19 test results.
  • Dr. Theresa Tam says the second wave of COVID-19 is showing up in Canada as a series of regional epidemics. Ontario and Quebec account for 80 per cent of recent new cases, but British Columbia and Manitoba are seeing more daily diagnoses than they did in the spring.
  • The Public Health Agency of Canada says the country has had an average of 2,052 new cases a day for the past week, with 18 deaths a day and 673 people in hospital.
  • Canada’s Privacy Commissioner is urging the federal government to create better laws to protect Canadians’ privacy as the global pandemic has forced many to work from home and use more digital tools.
  • Statistics Canada reports that total investment in building construction increased 5.0 per cent to $16 billion in August. Residential sector investment increased 8.2 per cent to $10.8 billion, while non-residential investment decreased 1.2 per cent to $5.2 billion. As construction companies pushed to catch up on work delayed earlier in the spring, August saw construction investment reach a record high. However, on a year-to-date basis total investment was 3.7 per cent lower than for the same period in 2019.
  • Globally, there have now been 36,349,500+ confirmed cases with 1,058,698+ deaths and 25,292,503+ recoveries.
  • Federal agents and state officials say they have thwarted a plot by a far-right militia group to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and violently overthrow state governments. The FBI has arrested six men in connection with the alleged conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer. Seven other men were arrested on terror-related charges at the state level.
  • The suspects were allegedly plotting to grab Whitmer from her vacation home in northern Michigan before the U.S. presidential election.
  • Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says the seven terror suspects were linked to a militia group called the Wolverine Watchmen.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today, “of course what happens in the United States is going to be impacting Canada after the election. But our job is to be ready for all outcomes. … I think we’re certainly all hoping for a smooth transition or a clear result from the election. Like many people around the world, if it is less clear there may be some disruptions and we need to be ready for any outcomes and I think that’s what Canadians would expect from their governments and we’re certainly reflecting on that.”

Oct. 7

  • Ontario’s daily case count was 583 today. That raised the provincial total to 55,945. The death toll rose by one to 2,988. There are 195 people in hospital in the province, up three, with 43 in intensive care, up two, 28 on a ventilator, up two. There are 5,344 active cases. There are 173 new cases in Toronto, 117 in Ottawa, 75 in York Region and 70 in Peel. Sixty per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40, although case counts in other age cohorts are rising. There are 707 more resolved cases for a total of 47,613 recoveries.
  • Ontario completed 43,277 tests for a total of 4,212,623. Another 55,413 are in the backlog waiting to be completed.
  • There are 53 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak, up two. There are 154 residents with an infection and 165 staff. One more resident has died.
  • There are 379 schools with a reported case of COVID-19. Two are closed at present. There have been 722 cases of infection in schools; 402 students, 117 staff and 203 not identified.
  • Premier Doug Ford reiterated that he feels that “only a few bad actors” in the restaurant and bar sector are contributing to outbreaks in those industries. The premier again said he is reluctant to shut down those industries, even in hotspots like Toronto and Ottawa.
  • “We can’t paint them all with a broad brush, and we can’t just shut down people’s livelihoods with a broad brush,” Ford said.
  • New information reveals areas of Toronto, including Doug Ford’s own neighbourhood, are seeing positivity rates exceeding 10 per cent.
  • Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s associate chief medical officer of health, said this is “very concerning” information and these rates are “too high.” She also recommended that case follow-up be prioritized in these areas of Toronto.
  • Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, called this a “worrisome” trend and said positivity rates should be kept under five per cent. “It is an indication that more public health measures are needed and there is uncontained community spread,” federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said. 
  • Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said she wants to see more people who are positive keying in their unique code to better alert Canadians of possible exposures.
  • “That’s not happening sufficiently,” she said, admitting the app is not a “perfect system” but still a useful tool.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 117 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 4,970 cases since March. The death toll remains at 295. Twenty-eight people are in hospital. Six are in intensive care. There are 810 active cases and there have been 3,865 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 37 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 23 in schools and child-care centres.
  • OC Transpo is about the start handing out warnings to people who still aren’t following the masking rules. Operation Mask Up begins on Friday and will run for two weeks. After that? Fines are likely.
  • The transportation authority in charge of yellow buses for Ottawa’s English school boards is pleading with parents to notify them if their children don’t need a ride. The Ottawa Citizen has more.
  • The CEO of CHEO, Alex Munter, is calling on the province to close indoor dining in restaurants, bars and event centres with financial support as COVID spreads in the province.
  • Quebec has now seen 81,914 confirmed cases, up by 900. The death toll rose by seven to 5,906. The number of people admitted to hospital rose by 12 to 409 with 62 in intensive care, down five. The province completed 24,399 tests on Oct. 5 for a total of 2,525,315. A website maintained by a citizen says that 867 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 930 schools are reporting a case and 2,248 students and 584 staff have now tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,629 cases, up by 49 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. The region is one of 10 regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. Eight regions are now in red alert and six are in yellow. No regions are in the green zone.
  • The Aylmer Minor Hockey Association said it’s suspending all hockey operations Tuesday, after learning of an outbreak of COVID-19 among participants in a hockey league for adults. The association said the suspension is for activities scheduled until Oct. 20. Two volunteer coaches in the association have also tested positive, the league said. The suspension affects just under 1,000 young players who play for the Aylmer Mariniers.
  • New Brunswick is reporting 17 new cases of COVID-19 infection stemming from an outbreak at the Notre-Dame Manor, a special care home in Moncton. There are now 19 cases from this outbreak.
  • Canada now has seen 172,806+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,538+ deaths from the infection and 145,403+ recoveries.
  • A Business Development Bank of Canada survey says the top priority of business owners in Canada is getting their financial houses in order, including reducing operating costs and improving cash flow. Investing in technology along with remote work, online sales and reviving growth were other key areas.
  • The study found that small- and medium-sized businesses were hit hard by the crisis, with 76 per cent reporting a decline in revenues and profits during the pandemic. Nearly half ending up laying off staff, while about 39 per cent of entrepreneurs took on more debt.
  • Still, 87 per cent of entrepreneurs are confident they will make it through the crisis
  • The Globe and Mail reports that internal government e-mails show at least one senior manager at the Public Health Agency of Canada believed the decision that caused the country’s pandemic early warning system to go silent last year was a mistake.
  • Researchers in Canada are hoping a century-old vaccine designed to treat tuberculosis can become the key to fighting off a COVID-19 infection. The University Health Network in Toronto announced on Monday that it has begun the first Canadian trial of the Bacillus Calmette–Guerin (BCG) vaccine on more than 3,600 front-line workers in the area, including medical staff, paramedics, police officers and firefighters.
  • Globally, there have now been 35,970,265+ confirmed cases with 1,052,105+ deaths and 25,031,149+ recoveries.
  • Donald Trump‘s doctors say the U.S. President is now symptom-free. Meanwhile there are now 20 people in the White House infected including senior advisor Stephen Miller and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. The United States has seen 7,535,794+ cases along with 211,513+ deaths.

Oct. 6

  • Ontario’s daily case count was 548 today. That raised the provincial total to 55,362. The death toll rose by seven to 2,987. There are 192 people in hospital in the province with 41 in intensive care, 26 on a ventilator. There are 5,469 active cases. There are 201 new cases in Toronto, 90 in Peel, 63 in Ottawa and 56 in York Region. Sixty-one per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40, although case counts in other age cohorts are rising. There are 546 more resolved cases for a total of 46,906 recoveries.
  • Ontario completed 42,031 tests for a total of 4,169,346. As of Monday morning, Ontario recorded a testing backlog of approximately 68,000
  • There are 51 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 136 residents with an infection and 165 staff. Two more residents have died.
  • There are 347 schools with a reported case of COVID-19. Two are closed at present. There have been 611 cases of infection in schools; 333 students, 102 staff and 176 not identified.
  • In parts of Toronto, more than 10 per cent of COVID-19 tests are positive, the Toronto Star reports.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 63 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 4,853 cases since March. The death toll rose by one to 295. Twenty-seven people are in hospital. Five are in intensive care. There are 805 active cases and there have been 3,753 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 32 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 23 in schools and child-care centres.
  • The city’s Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCo) has unanimously approved raising the overall property tax rate by three per cent next year or a $115 increase for most urban residents and $88 for rural residents. Bus and LRT fares are to increase by 2.5 per cent and the transit levy will be increased by 4.6 per cent. Mayor Jim Watson has directed city staff to find a way to freeze transit fares for low-income residents.
  • Contact tracing for COVID-19 in Ottawa will no longer involve directly calling low-priority people who’ve tested positive, in order to manage a system the city’s medical of health says is “nearly broken.” OPH will now be restricting direct phone calls to those at high risk of spreading the virus to vulnerable communities like schools or long-term care facilities. The rest will now receive automated calls and online messages.  
  • Ottawa Public Health is advising people to only celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend with members of their immediate household, even if gatherings are held outside. 
  • Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu says Canadians should hold virtual Thanksgiving celebrations this year.
  • CHEO researchers have launched a study to understand how and why some family members develop immunity to COVID-19 when exposed to someone in the same household who has tested positive for the disease. The Ottawa Citizen has more.
  • The winner of Ottawa’s first pandemic era election is Catherine Kitts. She is the new councillor for Cumberland Ward on Ottawa City Council.
  • Quebec has now seen 81,014 confirmed cases, sharply up by 1,364. The death toll rose by 15 to 5,899. The number of people admitted to hospital rose by 36 to 397 with 67 in intensive care, up five. The province completed 20,339 tests on Oct. 4 for a total of 2,500,916. A website maintained by a citizen says that 844 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 822 schools are reporting a case and 1,896 students and 493 staff have now tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,580 cases, up by 66 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. The region is one of 10 regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. Eight regions are now in red alert and six are in yellow. No regions are in the green zone.
  • Health Minister Christian Dube denies that health officials were caught off guard by the second wave.
  • “The severity and the speed at which the second wave is hitting, I’m glad we were ready. But we cannot control the way people react to these measures,” said Dube. “So we need to repeat this message as many times as possible: ‘You can make a difference today.'”
  • New Brunswick health officials said on Tuesday that an outbreak has been declared at Notre-Dame Manor, a special care home in Moncton, after two residents tested positive. The care home has 112 residents and 56 employees.
  • Manitoba, meanwhile, is seeing 56 new cases, one more death and a record 27 people in hospital.
  • Canada now has seen 170,872+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,526+ deaths from the infection and 143,733+ recoveries.
  • Canada said on Tuesday that it had signed a deal with Abbott to purchase up to 20.5 million Panbio COVID-19 antigen tests as Health Canada approved the device, the first of its kind in Canada. The disposable swab test may help ease pressure on testing sites and labs in Ontario and Quebec, where cases are surging and some patients must wait a week or longer for results. It works in 15 minutes, and is similar to Abbot’s BinaxNOW, already on the market in the United States.
  • Health Canada is looking into reports that a number of for-profit health clinics are administering COVID-19 tests to Canadians looking to bypass long wait times.
  • The NHL is holding its amateur draft tonight. The New York Rangers will select first and are expected to take forward Alexis Lafreniere. The Ottawa Senators have the picks — Nos. 3, 5 and 28 — in the first round. The Sens took German star forward Tim Stutzle at No. 3, American defenceman Jake Sanderson at No. 5 and Brandon Wheat Kings winger Ridly Greig.
  • Globally, there have now been 35,511,291+ confirmed cases with 1,044,490+ deaths and 24,770,288+ recoveries.
  • Facebook removed a post by U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday after he falsely claimed COVID-19 can be less deadly than the seasonal flu. The post was also flagged by Twitter for “misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.” But the social media company left up the tweet saying it “may be in the public’s interest.”
  • In the United States there have now been 7,488,372+ confirmed cases of COVID-19 along with 210,637+ deaths.

Oct. 5

  • Ontario’s daily case count was 615 today. That raised the provincial total to 54,814. The death toll rose by five to 2,980. There are 176 people in hospital in the province, up seven, with 43 in intensive care, 26 on a ventilator. There are 5,474 active cases. there are 289 new cases in Toronto, 88 in Peel and 81 in Ottawa. Fifty-eight per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40, although cases in other age categories are rising. There are 541 more resolved cases for a total of 46,360 recoveries. Ontario completed 38,196 tests for a total of 4,127,315.
  • There are 50 long-term care homes reporting an outbreak. There are 124 residents with an infection and 158 staff. One resident has died.
  • There are 335 schools with a reported case of COVID-19. Three are closed. There have been 539 cases of infection in schools; 293 students, 92 staff and 154 not identified.
  • Ontario Premier Doug Ford is rejecting calls for indoor dining to be ordered closed at restaurants in some areas of the province amid rising COVID-19 cases, saying there isn’t enough evidence to make such a decision.
  • The Ontario government is investing $741 million to help clear the backlog of surgeries and build more capacity in the health care system to effectively manage surges and outbreaks in COVID-19 cases.
  • Ontario’s Ministry of Health is hoping to hire 600 additional contact tracers and case managers over five weeks to help hard hit local health units.
  • Premier Ford said maintaining staffing and procuring reagents — the ingredients for any chemical-based test — have both proven difficult in recent days. “Right now, we have an issue with getting enough diagnostic lab technicians,” Ford said.
  • Toronto Public Health is expected to get up to 200 more staff. Another 150 workers will be assigned to assist Ottawa Public Health. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s medical officer of health, said adding a modest number of contact tracers will do little to reduce the backlog in her city.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised more support for local public health units in emerging COVID-19 hotspots. The government has signed agreements with Alberta, Ontario and Quebec to supply federal bureaucrats to help those provinces with their contact tracing.
  • Trudeau also announced some federal laboratories will be re-purposed to help provinces ramp up testing. He said the labs will run 1,000 tests a day in Ontario, with more capacity to be brought online in the coming days.
  • The province will also spend $35 million to hire teachers for hard hit regions such as Peel, Ottawa, Toronto and York Region. to enhance public health measures and protection strategies as they confront higher rates of transmission in their communities.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 81 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 4,790 cases since March. The death toll rose by one to 294. Twenty-nine people are in hospital. Five are in intensive care. There are 847 active cases and there have been 3,649 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 29 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 19 in schools and child-care centres.
  • Quebec has now seen 79,650 confirmed cases, up by 1,191. The death toll rose by six to 5,884. The number of people admitted to hospital rose by 27 to 361 with 62 in intensive care, down two. The province completed 25,203 tests on Oct. 3 for a total of 2,480,577. A website maintained by a citizen says that 811 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 674 schools are reporting a case and 1,716 students and 425 staff have now tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,514 cases, up by 29 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. The region is one of 10 regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. Eight regions are now in red alert and six are in yellow. No regions are in the green zone.
  • High school students in Quebec’s red zones will have to wear a mask in class and on school grounds starting Thursday, as the Quebec government tightens health measures. Students in grade 10 and 11 will attend school every other day, and take part in online learning on the other days.
  • The province is also making masks mandatory in schoolyards for students in Grades 4 to 11.
  • All in-person courses in CEGEPs and universities are also expected to be officially suspended in red zones.
  • Meanwhile, all gyms and indoor sports facilities in red zones will be shutting because it was becoming difficult to trace people’s contacts in these areas. Team sports are also expected to be banned today, but individual or pair sports, such as running, will be maintained. 
  • Quebec will also join the list of provinces adopting the federal COVID-19 tracking app.
  • Manitoba public health officials announced 51 new cases of COVID-19. These new cases bring the total number of active cases in the province to 739 – the majority in the Winnipeg region. The province is introducing restrictions on restaurants and bars in the region to curb the growing number of cases, which includes a ban on liquor sale and service after 10 p.m. Winnipeg has a test positivity rate of three per cent.
  • Saskatchewan reported on Monday nine new cases of COVID-19. The province said 143 cases are considered active. Since the pandemic began, there have been 1,968 cases and 1,801 recoveries and 24 deaths.
  • Alberta reported eight more deaths over the past three days and an alarming 578 new cases — 97 cases Friday, 263 on Saturday and 218 on Sunday. Of particular concern is the rise in cases in Edmonton, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s medical officer of health.
  • On the other hand, two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in New Brunswick on Monday, raising the number of active cases in the province to five. There were 484 new tests done on Sunday bringing the total number of tests done for COVID-19 to 80,455. There have been 203 confirmed cases in the province. To date, 196 have recovered and there have been two deaths. 
  • Canada now has seen 168,432+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,500+ deaths from the infection and 142,032+ recoveries.
  • Canadians can now apply for a new federal caregiver benefit. Canadian households will be able to apply for $500 per week for up to 26 weeks when one person misses more than half a week of work because they have to care for a child because of the illness. That includes children whose schools or daycares are closed, and children who are forced to miss school or daycare because they have contracted the virus or may have been exposed. The benefit, through the Canada Revenue Agency, also covers people forced to miss work to care for family members whose specialized care is unavailable. The federal government expects 700,000 Canadians will apply.
  • Canadians will also be able to access a new sick-leave benefit that pays up to $1,000 over two weeks for those unable to work because they have COVID-19 or are forced to self-isolate because of the virus. About 4.4 million Canadians are expected to apply for sick leave.
  • Canada put health-care workers at risk of contracting COVID-19 and taking it home to their families because it failed to learn lessons from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2003, a new report says. The report, titled “A Time of Fear: How Canada Failed Our Health-Care Workers and Mismanaged COVID-19,” that the safety of workers, from those in long-term care homes to respiratory technicians and nurses and doctors in hospitals, has been ignored. Canada’s infection rate among health-care workers is four times that of China, the report says.
  • Globally, there have now been 35,339,125+ confirmed cases with 1,039,120+ deaths and 24,571,309+ recoveries.
  • Donald Trump has been discharged from hospital. He headed back to the White House chomping at the bit to get back to the election campaign. This morning he tweeted: “I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!” What the…
  • The United States has now seen 7,445,897+ confirmed cases and 210,013+ deaths.

Oct. 4

  • Ontario’s daily case count was 566 today. That raised the provincial total to 54,199. The death toll rose by seven to 2,975. There are 169 people in hospital in the province, up 14, with 41 in intensive care, 23 on a ventilator. There are 5,405 active cases. There are 196 new cases in Toronto, 123 in Peel and 81 in Ottawa. Sixty-two per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40. There are 534 more resolved cases for a total of 45,819 recoveries. Ontario completed 45,285 tests for a total of 4,049,458.
  • The provincial government now says getting a COVID-19 test will be done by appointment only starting Oct. 6. Assessment centres were to stop offering walk-in tests today to allow Ontario’s network of labs to work through a backlog of tests that was more than 90,500 Friday.
  • Residents of Ontario’s long-term care homes described the emotional devastation caused by the COVID-19 lockdown to an independent inquiry — and implored governments to address isolation before the second wave of COVID-19 crashes down. Lonely, depressed, muzzled and trapped are some of the words the residents used to describe the pandemic to the Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission by video conference. The Canadian Press has more.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 96 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 4,708 cases since March. The death toll remained at 293. Twenty-seven people are in hospital. Five are in intensive care. There are 810 active cases and there have been 3,605 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 27 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 20 in schools and child-care centres.
  • The Ottawa Boys and Girls club has closed the Ron Kolbus clubhouse because six people who were recently in the space have tested positive. 
  • Quebec has now seen 78,459 confirmed cases, up by 1,079. The death toll rose by 11 to 5,878. The number of people admitted to hospital rose by eight to 334 with 64 in intensive care, up four. The province completed 27,453 tests on Oct. 2 for a total of 2,455,374. A website maintained by a citizen says that 760 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 674 schools are reporting a case and 1,716 students and 425 staff have now tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,485 cases, up by 39 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. The region is one of ten regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. Eight regions are now in red alert and six are in yellow. No regions are in the green zone.
  • Canada now has seen 166,156+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,481+ deaths from the infection and 140,243+ recoveries.
  • Globally, there have now been 35,011,322+ confirmed cases with 1,034,865+ deaths and 24,364,562+ recoveries.
  • Donald Trump‘s doctors say he could be discharged from Walter Reed Hospital as early as Monday. But questions persist about his condition and about when and how he was infected with COVID-19. Meanwhile, the United States has seen 7,418,596+ cases. There have been 209,807+ deaths.

Oct. 3

  • Ontario’s daily case count was 653 today. That raised the provincial total to 53,633. The death toll rose by 41 to 2,968. There are 155 people in hospital in the province, with 41 in intensive care, 23 on a ventilator. There are 5,380 active cases. There are 284 new cases in Toronto, 104 in Peel and 97 in Ottawa. Sixty-four per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40, although case counts are growing in other age groups. There are 435 more resolved cases for a total of 45,285 recoveries. Ontario completed 45,285 tests for a total of 4,049,458.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 96 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 4,626 cases since March. The death toll rose by two to 293. Twenty-five people are in hospital. Four are in intensive care. There are 786 active cases and there have been 3,547 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 24 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 18 in schools and child-care centres.
  • Quebec has now seen 77,380 confirmed cases, up by 1,107. The death toll rose by 10 to 5,867. The number of people admitted to hospital rose by 24 to 326 with 60 in intensive care, up 11. The province completed 28,778 tests on Oct. 1 for a total of 2,427,921. A website maintained by a citizen says that 733 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 674 schools are reporting a case and 1,716 students and 425 staff have now tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,446 cases, up by 23 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. The region is one of ten regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. Seven regions are now in red alert and six are in yellow. No regions are in the green zone.
  • Canada now has seen 164,456+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,461+ deaths from the infection and 138,854+ recoveries.
  • Globally, there have now been 34,666,560+ confirmed cases with 1,029,394+ deaths and 24,089,748+ recoveries.
  • Donald Trump‘s doctor says the U.S. President is doing well as he is being treated with a cocktail of experimental drugs for COVID-19 in the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington. But questions are swirling about how sick he actually is, when he actually tested positive and whether he was given oxygen on Friday because of breathing difficulties. Trump will remain in hospital for the forseeable future.

Oct. 2

  • Ontario’s daily case count spiked to 732 today. That raised the provincial total to 52,980. The death toll rose by 76 to 2,927. There are 167 people in hospital in the province, up five, with 38 in intensive care, up two, 21 on a ventilator, up four. There are 5,203 active cases. there are 323 new cases in Toronto, 141 in Ottawa and 111 in Peel. Fifty-eight per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40, although case counts are growing in other age groups. There are 428 more resolved cases for a total of 44,850 recoveries. Ontario completed 40,093 tests for a total of 4,003,204.
  • There are more than 82,000 backlogged tests in Ontario. CTV News reports that some people are waiting for more than a week for test results.
  • There are 44 long term care homes in Ontario with an outbreak, down four. There are 96 residents with active cases and 137 staff. There has been one new resident death. There are 318 schools with a COVID-19 case and one is closed.
  • Ontario is putting a pause on social circles, asking people across the province to now only come in close contact with those inside their household.
  • Premier Doug Ford also declared new restrictions for certain businesses in three COVID-19 hotspots including Ottawa. As of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Ottawa and Peel Region must limit capacity to 100. Toronto Public Health has already decided to limit capacity to 75.
  • There is now a maximum of six people allowed per table and each customer’s contact information must be collected for contact tracing. Group exercise classes in gyms and fitness centres will now be limited to 10 and the facility must limit its capacity to 50 people.
  • Banquet halls and event spaces must limit six people per table and have no more than 50 people in the facility at a time.
  • Ontario has also paused any further reopening for the next 28 days.
  • The government has also implemented a province-wide mandatory mask order for indoor public settings, including businesses, facilities and workplaces.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported a record 142 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 4,530 cases since March. The death toll rose by two to 291. Twenty-four people are in hospital. Four are in intensive care. There are 767 active cases and there have been 3,472 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 23 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 22 in schools and child-care centres.
  • Ottawa’s medical officer of health says the city’s entire health-care system is on the verge of collapse if individuals don’t take personal responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • “Our health system is in crisis because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Vera Etches said during a video teleconference Friday morning. 
  • Residents of Ottawa’s West End Villa and their families have launched a $16-million class-action suit against Extendicare, the owner of the long-term care home where 19 people have died in a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Quebec has now seen 75,221 confirmed cases, up by 1,052. The death toll rose by seven to 5,857. The number of people admitted to hospital rose by 27 to 302 with 49 in intensive care, up three. The province completed 30,948 tests on Sept. 30 for a total of 2,399,143. A website maintained by a citizen says that 697 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 631 schools are reporting a case and 1,572 students and 387 staff have now tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,423 cases, up by 32 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. The region is one of ten regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. Seven regions are now in red alert and six are in yellow. No regions are in the green zone.
  • Quebec Premier Francois Legault said on Friday that the current COVID-19 case numbers in the province show that the “situation is really critical,” adding that it is “urgent to reduce our social contacts.”
  • Canada now has seen 162,659+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,409+ deaths from the infection and 137,614+ recoveries.
  • Health Canada is reviewing AstraZeneca‘s application for regulatory approval for its experimental coronavirus vaccine
  • The federal government is giving $600 million to help small- and medium-sized businesses deal with possible lockdowns during a second wave of the pandemic. The funding — aimed at such sectors as tourism, manufacturing and technology — will be added to the $962 million already invested in the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. About $456 million of the new money will help businesses bridge their finances through another lockdown. It will be distributed through regional development agencies. Another $144 million will help provide capital and technical support to rural businesses and communities through the offices of Community Futures Canada, which provides small business services to rural communities. 
  • The Canadian Federation of Independent Business estimates that 14 per cent of small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada — roughly 160,000 — are at risk of closing. The tourism, hotel and catering sectors are particularly threatened.
  • The federal government says that starting Oct. 20, international students will be allowed to return if they will be attending a designated learning institution that has a strict COVID-19 safety plan in place.
  • The government said it will also extend visits to family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents, including those in an exclusive dating relationship that has lasted for at least one year and their dependent children, as well as adult children, grandchildren, siblings and grandparents. It will allow people to come across the border on compassionate reasons in specific circumstances, such as life-threatening illness, critical injury or death.
  • Mandatory measures, which require travellers to quarantine for 14 days upon entry to Canada, will remain. The federal government says 190 federal public health officers will be sent to cover 36 ports of entry as part of plan to enhance safety measures.
  • Canada could see 16,214 deaths by Jan. 1 if current public safety measures don’t change, according to new modelling from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. If public safety mandates are loosened, the death toll could be 16,743 lives lost. If universal mask mandates are imposed the death toll would be 12,053 by year end.
  • Globally, there have now been 34,450,697+ confirmed cases with 1,025,354+ deaths and 23,914,523+ recoveries.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement made early this morning followed the revelation that close Trump aide Hope Hicks has COVID-19. Trump has been moved into the Walter Reed Hospital where ihe is said to be having trouble breathing and is very fatigued. He is said to be working.
  • Vice-President Mike Pence and his partner have tested negative for the virus.
  • Trump is one of 7,361,455+ confirmed cases in the United States. There have been 210,874+ deaths along with 3,930,203+ recoveries.

Oct. 1

  • The federal government has announced a $10 billion three year plan to provide new infrastructure through the Canada Infrastructure Bank which the government estimates will create 60,000 jobs. The plan will invest in clean technologies, building retrofits, electrifying transit, high speed broadband, farm irrigation and other community improvements.
  • Ontario’s daily case count was 538 today. That raised the provincial total to 52,248. The death toll rose by three to 2,851. There are 162 people in hospital in the province, up 12, with 36 in intensive care, up one, 17 on a ventilator. There are 229 new cases in Toronto, 101 in Peel, 66 in Ottawa and 43 in York Region. Sixty per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40, although case counts are growing in other age groups. There have been 44,422 recoveries, up 415. Ontario completed 39,646 tests for a total of 3,963,111.
  • There are 48 long term care homes in Ontario with an outbreak. There are 104 residents with active cases and 133 staff. Two deaths were added to the toll today. There are 282 schools with a COVID-19 case and three are closed.
  • The province will give pay raises to personal support workers throughout the health-care system in a bid to recruit and retain them during the pandemic. About 147,000 workers in long-term care, hospitals, and community care are eligible for the increase. Personal support workers in long-term care and community care will be eligible for a $3 an hour pay increase, while hospital PSWs will see a $2 an hour pay hike. The temporary increase will cost the government $461 million, begins today and will expire in March 2021. Ford says he has not ruled out continuing the pay raise next year.
  • New COVID-19 screening guidance released by the Ontario Government says children who only have a runny nose, headache or sore throat can now return to school or daycare after 24 hours without a negative COVID-19 test result, as long as the symptoms are improving. Ontario has also removed abdominal pain and pink eye from its list of COVID-19 symptoms in the screening tool.
  • A house party in Kingston, ON, has led to at least five new cases of COVID-19, and officials have yet to track down everyone who attended the “large party” on Sept. 18.
  • People who were at a wedding in Oshawa, ON, earlier this month are being urged to contact public health officials after eight people tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Four major home-care providers — Bayshore HealthCare, Closing the Gap Healthcare, VON Canada, and SE Health — are asking the Ontario government to increase support for their sector, saying it would reduce pressure on a health-care system burdened by COVID-19.
  • Toronto city council has imposed measures aimed at curbing a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. These are on top of moves by the province which moving last call at bars and restaurants to 11 p.m. They now must close at midnight, except for takeout and delivery, and businesses must screen anyone who wishes to enter the premises. Strip clubs have been closed.
  • Restaurants and bars will now have to reduce the number of patrons from 100 to 75, reduce the number of people at a table from 10 to six, collect contact information from each patron at a table and lower background music to the level of conversation.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 66 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 4,388 cases since March. The death toll rose by two to 289. Seventeen people are in hospital. Three are in intensive care. There are 677 active cases and there have been 3,422 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 23 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 25 in schools and child-care centres.
  • Indoor sports and recreation activities back to the sidelines in Ottawa this fall and winter because of the second wave, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches told CTV. She has said that the number of cases in Ottawa is doubling every 10 to 12 days and could reach 200 cases a day by mid-October.
  • Starbucks Canada is moving to a grab and go model in Ottawa and across Quebec as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
  • Ottawa Public Health says one in four residents who tested positive for COVID-19 during the first two weeks of September were exposed to the virus at social gatherings in indoor and outdoor settings. One in two cases of COVID-19 through the first two weeks of September were linked to household contacts with confirmed cases of COVID-19. CTV has more.
  • A Brockville, Ont., family court judge has denied a father’s bid to stop in-person classes for his three children in joint custody. CBC has more.
  • Quebec has now seen 75,221 confirmed cases, up by 933. The death toll rose by 16 to 5,850. The number of people admitted to hospital rose by 13 to 275 with 46 in intensive care, up three. The province completed 33,510 tests on Sept. 29 for a total of 2,368,195. A website maintained by a citizen says that 643 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 673 schools have reported a case and 1,474 students and 359 staff have tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,391 cases, up by 36 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. The region is one of nine regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. Seven regions are now in red alert and six are in yellow. No regions are in the green zone.
  • People living in greater Montreal, Quebec City and the Chaudiere-Appalaches region south of the provincial capital are under tight new restrictions for at least 28 days.
  • Quebec police will be able to obtain telewarrants permitting them to enter people’s homes to enforce lockdown orders on gatherings. Anyone in red zone regions caught hosting a private gathering of people from different addresses faces a $1,000 fine. People who travel from a red zone to another zone face a ticket as well.
  • Bars, casinos, concert halls, cinemas, museums and libraries are closed in those regions and restaurants are limited to takeout.
  • Canada now has seen 160,280+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,316+ deaths from the infection and 136,089+ recoveries.
  • The federal government is offering to send the Canadian Red Cross into COVID-19 hotspots as case numbers rise and parts of the country slip into a second wave. The provinces will have to make a request for the help. CBC has more.
  • Globally, there have now been 34,080,123+ confirmed cases with 1,015,815+ deaths and 23,688,865+ recoveries.
  • According to a new study from Cornell University, U.S. President Donald Trump is the world’s biggest spreader of coronavirus misinformation. Nearly 38 per cent of the “misinformation conversation” began with Trump doing things such as promoting unproven “miracle cures” for Covid-19 or claiming with zero evidence that the pandemic was a “Democratic Party hoax” aimed at derailing his presidency, the researchers from the Cornell Alliance for Science found.
  • The United States has now seen 7,266,942+ cases of COVID19 and 207,550+ deaths.

Sept. 30

  • Just as Ontario Premier Doug Ford called for Health Canada to hasten approval of rapid tests, the department gave a thumbs up to the ID NOW rapid COVID-19 testing device for use in this country.
  • The Abbott Laboratories-backed point-of-care devices can be administered by trained professionals at places like pharmacies, walk-in clinics and doctors’ offices without the need for a laboratory to determine if someone is infected with the virus. The approval comes a day after the federal government announced that it would buy some 7.9 million ID NOW tests Abbott.
  • In the test a nasal or throat specimen is collected from a patient on a swab and plugged into the ID NOW’s analyzer, which can detect the coronavirus. A result is produced in 15 minutes.
  • Ontario’s daily case count was 625. That raised the provincial total to 51,710. The death toll rose by four to 2,848. There are 150 people in hospital in the province, up 13, with 35 in intensive care, up five, 17 on a ventilator, up one. There are 4,791 active cases in the province. There are 288 new cases in Toronto with 64 in Ottawa, 97 in Peel. Some 62 per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40, although case counts are growing in other age groups. There have been 43,907 recoveries, up 457. Ontario completed 38,375 tests for a total of 3,887,712.
  • Ontario released new modelling today that shows the province could see 1,000 new cases a day in the first half of October. It also suggests cases will double every 10-12 days and predicts a range of ICU patients from a manageable 150 to more unmanageable 250.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 64 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 4,322 cases since March. The death toll rose by two to 287. Nineteen people are in hospital. Three are in intensive care. There are 685 active cases and there have been 3,350 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 24 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 25 in schools and child-care centres.
  • Two more West End Villa residents have died of COVID-related illness, according to a memo to families of residents. So far, 15 residents who have tested positive have died during this outbreak, said the memo from Extendicare, which operates the home.
  • There have been 68 confirmed resident cases with 22 cases remaining in the home, 28 cases resolved and three in hospital. Forty-two staff members have also tested positive. Of these, 37 are self-isolated at home and five cases have been resolved. There are also pending test results for 121 residents and 149 staff members. The Ottawa Hospital has taken over management of West End Villa and another Extendicare home, Laurier Manor.
  • The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group is cutting 40 per cent of its staff at TD Place, as COVID-19 and the limits on gatherings continue to hammer the entertainment and sports industries.
  • The National Capital Commission is cancelling its free shuttle bus to Gatineau Park for the remainder of its Fall Rhapsody season because of the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Quebec.
  • Quebec has now seen 74,288 confirmed cases, up by 838. The death toll rose by one to 5,834. The number of people admitted to hospital rose by 15 to 262 with 43 in intensive care. The province completed 25,298 tests on Sept. 28 for a total of 2,334,685. A website maintained by a citizen says that 622 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 618 schools have reported a case and 1,319 students and 321 staff have tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,355 cases, up by 27 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. The region is one of nine regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. Seven regions are now in red alert and six are in yellow. No regions are in the green zone.
  • Canada now has seen 158,424+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,296+ deaths from the infection and 134,194+ recoveries.
  • The Newfoundland and Labrador government has tabled a pandemic-focused budget with no financial projections beyond the next six months, and decisions on potentially painful structural changes to address a deteriorating financial situation punted to next year.
  • The 2020-21 provincial deficit is projected to be slightly better than previous estimates, at $1.84 billion. The most recent update two months ago had pegged that number more than $300 million higher.
  • Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says Indigenous communities have been facing an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases during the last few weeks. Miller says 673 COVID-19 cases have been reported in First Nations communities in all, and about 130 are active. Indigenous communities limited spread successfully during the first wave of COVID-19 by closing communities to outsiders, imposing local restrictions on gatherings and making sure that people were observing basic health and hygiene protocols. Reopening schools and businesses and places where physical distancing is not possible are all factors in the rise.
  • Legislation to replace the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and other supports passed the House of Commons today, where Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, now recovered from COVID-19, was in attendance.
  • Statistics Canada says real gross domestic product grew 3.0 per cent in July, following a 6.5 per cent increase in June. The third consecutive monthly gain continued to offset the steepest drops experienced by Canadian economic activity in March and April, however overall economic activity was still about six per cent below February’s pre-pandemic level.
  • The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program — a federal program designed to ease the pressure on pandemic-damaged businesses by covering a portion of their rent — expires at midnight tonight. CECRA covered up to six months of rent by extending forgivable loans for up to half the value of the monthly rent, in exchange for the landlord cutting rent.
  • Tenants participating in the program would still have to chip in 25 per cent of their pre-pandemic rent, while their landlords were expected to accept a 25 per cent loss on total rent paid.
  • In its latest Canadian Outlook, The Conference Board of Canada says the pace of economic recovery will flatten, if not stall, between now and mid-2021 with the arrival of colder weather, coupled with a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, further disrupts Canada’s economic activity.
  • Globally, there have now been 33,692,221+ confirmed cases with 1,008,842+ deaths and 23,423,454+ recoveries.

Sept. 29

  • Ontario’s daily case count was 554, down from Monday’s report. That raised the provincial total to 51,085. The death toll rose by four to 2,844. There are 137 people in hospital in the province, up nine, with 30 in intensive care, 16 on a ventilator. There are 4,791 active cases in the province. There are 251 new cases in Toronto with 105 in Ottawa, 79 in Peel and 43 in York Region. Some 62 per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40, Health Minister Christine Elliott said on twitter. There have been 43,450 recoveries, up 323. Ontario completed 38,375 tests for a total of 3,887,712.
  • Premier Doug Ford says that as of Oct. 5, Ford said, visits to long-term care homes in certain areas with community transmission will be restricted to staff, essential visitors and essential caregivers only. Up to two individuals can be essential caregivers, the province says.
  • Ford also announced $540 million in additional funding to help long-term care homes fight the second wave of the virus. The funding will be used to provide support to staff, pay for renovations and to bolster infection control. Ford is also promising that every home in the province will have a two-month supply of personal protective equipment.
  • The Ottawa Citizen reports that as daily COVID-19 cases have hit new highs in Ontario, the provincial government has ordered some testing centres in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario to cut back on testing because provincial labs can’t keep up.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 105 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 4,250 cases since March. The death toll rose by three to 285. Seventeen people are in hospital. Two are in intensive care. There are 682 active cases and there have been 3,240 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 19 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 21 in schools and child-care centres.
  • Ottawa Public Health has created a form letter families can fill out to help children with a chronic illness or who have recovered from COVID-19 or another illness return to school without a medical certificate or proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The Attestation for Return to School for Students Following Illness, is available on the OPH website.
  • A new, interactive neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood map produced by Ottawa Public Health and the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study shows a breakdown of COVID-19 infections in the city. The top five neighbourhoods are: Ledbury—Heron Gate—Ridgemont with 123 cases; Overbrook—McArthur, 73 cases; Old Barrhaven East, 54 cases; Bayshore—Belltown, 48 cases and Portobello South, 42 cases.
  • Quebec has now seen 73,450 confirmed cases, up by 799. The death toll rose by seven to 5,833. The number of people admitted to hospital rose by 35 to 247 with 41 in intensive care. The province completed 26,366 tests on Sept. 27 for a total of 2,309,387. A website maintained by a citizen says that 589 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 475 schools have reported a case and 1,066 students and 268 staff have tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,328 cases, up by 36 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. The region is one of nine regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. Six regions are now in red alert and six are in yellow. No regions are in the green zone.
  • The third provincial election under the pandemic started today in Saskatchewan. The province was the only one with a fixed election date that lands during the pandemic. Election day, after a short 28 day campaign, will be Oct. 26. The Saskatchewan Party had 46 seats in the legislature at dissolution and the Opposition NDP had 13.
  • Canada now has seen 156,654+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,289+ deaths from the infection and 132,930+ recoveries.
  • Canada’s population was estimated at 38,005,238 on July 1, up 411,854 from July 1, 2019. Following two years of population growth exceeding 500,000, growth in 2019-20 returned to levels last seen in 2015-16 (406,579). The lower growth was mainly attributable to the border restrictions enacted in mid-March, which resulted in fewer immigrants and non-permanent residents entering Canada and, to a lesser extent, more deaths, Statistics Canada reports.
  • StatsCan also says the aging of Canada’s population continues and the average age was 41.4 years on July 1, up slightly from the same day a year earlier (41.3 years). This average has risen every year since comparable record keeping began in 1971. The share of seniors aged 65 years and older continued to grow, reaching 18.0 per cent on July 1. The number of centenarians (11,517)—first counted in 2001—was the highest on record.
  • The parliamentary budget office says the federal deficit for the year will hit $328.5 billion this year. The amount includes an estimated $225.9 billion in emergency aid in response to the pandemic. Relative to the size of the economy, the deficit amounts to 15 per cent of gross domestic product, making it the largest over 50-plus years of comparable data. Budget officer Yves Giroux says the budget deficit will fall to about $73.8 billion next year and continue to fall in ensuing fiscal years.
  • Health Canada expects to authorize new antigen tests for COVID-19 soon, a senior government official said on Tuesday, in an effort to provide additional testing as a second wave of novel coronavirus infections overwhelms laboratories. Antigen tests can provide rapid results outside of a lab, but may be less accurate than some lab-based diagnostic tests. They are already widely used in the United States and elsewhere.
  • “We have a number of them under review at the moment — it is our priority,” Supriya Sharma, senior medical advisor for Health Canada, said during a media briefing. “For some of them we are, I think, very close to having a final decision.” Sharma said the tests under review could be used outside of healthcare settings.
  • The federal government has signed an agreement with Abbott Rapid Diagnostics ULC to purchase up to 7.9 million ID NOW rapid point-of-care tests, pending Health Canada authorization of the tests. If authorized, these tests would be deployed to provinces and territories to support them in ramping up surge capacity for COVID-19 testing.
  • Canada will commit an extra $400 million in development and humanitarian measures to combat the pandemic, the prime minister says.
  • Canada’s ‘me first’ COVID-19 vaccine strategy may come at the cost of global health, says an opinion article written by a trio of experts including Ronald Labonté, the former Canada research chair in globalization and health equity at the University of Ottawa. 
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning won the first ever COVID-19 Stanley Cup with a 2-0 won over the Dallas Stars in Edmonton Monday night. Whether there will be a second COVID Cup remains to be seen.
  • Globally, there have now been 33,378,462+ confirmed cases with 1,002,296+ deaths and 23,167,288+ recoveries.

Sept. 28

  • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit ends today. A bill that would replace the CERB with the Canada Recovery Benefit, among other measures, is before the House of Commons. It is expected to pass with support from the NDP.
  • Ontario’s daily case count spiked to 700, the highest since the pandemic started. That raised the provincial total to 50,531. The death toll rose by one to 2,840. There are 128 people in hospital in the province, up 16, with 29 in intensive care, 17 on a ventilator. There are 4,564 active cases in the province. There are 344 new cases in Toronto with 104 in Peel, 89 in Ottawa and 56 in York Region. Sixty per cent of today’s cases are in people under 40, Health Minister Christine Elliott said on twitter. There have been 43,127 recoveries, up 331. Ontario completed 41,111 tests for a total of 3,849,337.
  • The Ontario Hospital Association is calling for a return to Stage 2 — with restrictions placed on bars, indoor dining and other congregate settings or non-essential businesses — is needed to keep schools open and prevent “a further acceleration of infections.”
  • Health Minister Christine Elliot said “we don’t want to turn back a stage unless we absolutely have to.”
  • Premier Doug Ford, who said the province has entered a second wave of the pandemic, announced the government is investing $52.5 million to recruit, retain, and support over 3,700 more frontline health care workers to ensure the healthcare system can meet any surge in demand. The province said $26.3 million will go towards supporting personal support workers (PSWs) and supportive care workers, and $26 million will go towards supporting nurses.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 89 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 4,153 cases since March. The death toll rose by one to 282. Eighteen people are in hospital. Three are in intensive care. There are 631 active cases and there have been 3,240 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 19 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 21 in schools and child-care centres.
  • The City of Ottawa’s first COVID-19 election is underway in Cumberland ward where candidates are vying to replace Stephen Blais who is now the Liberal MPP for the area. Advance polls are open today and Tuesday. Ten people are on the ballot. Voting day is Oct. 5. There was a special mail-in ballot but the time to file that was Sept. 13.
  • A 13th resident at Extendicare’s West End Villa has died of complications due to COVID-19, the long-term care home announced Sunday evening.
  • The overwhelming demand for COVID-19 tests has resulted in a backlog at labs in Ontario. On Sunday, the province reported a backlog of more than 65,000 tests. CTV reports the Queensway Carleton Hospital said on Twitter last week that some people are waiting up to seven days for test results.
  • A forecast from the COVID-19 Modelling Collaborative, a joint effort of scientists and physicians from the University of Toronto, University Health Network and Sunnybrook Hospital, says that Ontario’s second wave of COVID-19 will peak in mid- to late October and will likely send enough patients to intensive care that hospitals will need to scale back non-emergency surgeries.
  • Quebec has now seen 72,651 confirmed cases, up by 750. The death toll rose by one to 5,826. The number of people in hospital fell by four to 237 with 37 in intensive care. The province completed 17,310 tests on Sept. 26 for a total of 2,278,145. A website maintained by a citizen says that 543 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 427 schools have reported a case and 931 students and 232 staff have tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,292 cases, up by 27 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. The region is one of eight regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. Six regions are now in yellow alert. Ten regions are in the green zone.
  • The regions in the province —Montreal, Quebec City and Chaudiere-Appalache, east of Quebec City — have been upgraded to the red alert zone and as a result they have been locked down for 28 days starting Oct. 1. This means restaurants, bars, theatres, museums and casinos will be closed. Social gatherings are banned. Montreal had 245 new cases today and Quebec City had 125 cases.
  • Residents at the CHSLD Herron, a long-term care home in Montreal, where 38 people died in the spring, are once again in preventive isolation after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. A recently released report found the home suffered from An investigation has concluded the home suffered from “organizational negligence” in the spring hen so many died.
  • As the country enters a second wave of COVID-19, Canada’s top public official is warning Canadians about an “infodemic” of rumours and misinformation. Dr. Theresa Tam issued a statement today saying: “As I have discussed previously, the ongoing increase in Canada’s daily case count is an indicator of accelerated epidemic growth in some regions of this country. While Canadians and public health authorities alike are rapidly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to be mindful that we are doing so in the midst of an “infodemic.” That is an overabundance of information about COVID-19, including rumours and misinformation, sometimes deliberately spread. During any public health crisis, access to reliable, accurate and timely information is essential to protect our health. This is being recognized today by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI).”
  • Canada now has seen 155,287+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,273+ deaths from the infection and 131,429+ recoveries.
  • British Columbia reports 267 new cases since Friday along with three deaths.
  • Meanwhile Alberta has seen 406 cases since Friday. The province’s chief medical officer reported the numbers from home where she is recovering from a sore throat. She was tested for COVID and the test was negative.
  • Manitoba reported 39 new cases of COVID-19 today and announced restrictions for Winnipeg and 17 surrounding regions. There will be a 10-person limit on indoor gatherings in this Code Orange alert.
  • Globally, there have now been 33,236,052+ confirmed cases with 999,629+ deaths and 22,940,351+ recoveries.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump, on the eve of his first debate with Joe Biden, reiterated an announcement from last month of a plan by the federal government to distribute millions of rapid coronavirus diagnostic tests to states. A shipment of 6.5 million tests is expected to go out this week to states as part of a $760 million contract the administration announced last month. The United States has seen 7,142,076+ cases and 204,995+ deaths.

Sept. 27

  • Ontario’s daily case count surged to 491, raising the total to 49,831. The death toll rose by two to 2,839. There are 112 people in hospital in the province, up 12, with 28 in intensive care, 16 on a ventilator. There are 4,196 active cases in the province. There are 137 new cases in Toronto with 131 in Peel, 58 in Ottawa and 58 in York Region. Some 63 per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40, Health Minister Christine Elliott said on twitter. There have been 42,796 recoveries, up 289. Ontario completed 42,509 tests for a total of 3,808,226.
  • The town of Wasaga Beach, ON, has been closed to visitors after Ontario Provincial Police said large crowds at an unsanctioned car rally on Saturday broke COVID-19 gathering rules.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 58 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 4,063 cases since March. The death toll rose by one to 281. Sixteen people are in hospital. Three are in intensive care. There are 575 active cases and there have been 3,207 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 20 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 19 in schools.
  • The Ottawa Hospital has been given oversight of West End Villa and Laurier Manor. As of Saturday, there had been 85 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at West End Villa since Aug. 30, with 11 deaths. Laurier Manor only has had 19 confirmed cases, but in the spring it saw more than 100 cases and 25 deaths.
  • Quebec has now seen 71,901 confirmed cases, up by 896. The death toll rose by four to 5,825. The number of people in hospital fell by one to 216 with 41 in intensive care. The province completed 27,380 tests on Sept. 25 for a total of 2,260,835. A website maintained by a citizen says that 463 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 359 schools have reported a case and 839 students and 208 staff have tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,265 cases, up by 14 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. The region is one of eight regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. Six regions are now in yellow alert. Ten regions are in the green zone.
  • Canada now has seen 151,843+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,261+ deaths from the infection and 129,862+ recoveries.
  • Correctional Service Canada (CSC) announced Saturday evening that it was suspending “visits to all its operational units located in (Quebec), as well as temporary absences and placements outside establishments.”
  • COVID consequences: Five employees and two patrons linked to the Yonge Street Warehouse at 336 Yonge St. have tested positive for COVID-19. Toronto Public Health (TPH) said in a Sept. 26 news release that anyone who worked at or visited this establishment between Sept. 10 and 17 may have been exposed to the respiratory illness. Toronto’s public health agency estimates this could be approximately 1,700 people.
  • Globally, there have now been 32,886,465+ confirmed cases with 994,940+ deaths and 22,759,961+ recoveries.

Sept. 26

  • Ontario’s daily case count surged to 435, raising the total to 49,340. The death toll remained at 2,837. There are 100 people in hospital in the province, with 28 in intensive care, 15 on a ventilator. There are 3,996 active cases in the province. There are 131 new cases in Toronto with 110 in Peel and 45 in Ottawa. Sixty-four per cent of today’s cases are in people 40, Health Minister Christine Elliott said on twitter. There have been 42,507 recoveries, up 338. Ontario completed 43,238 tests for a total of 3,765,717.
  • So far 198 schools in Ontario have reported a case of COVID-19, 53 in the Ottawa region. There have been 238 people with confirmed infections including at least 110 students. There are 109 cases of COVID-19 in child care centres; 54 in children and 55 staff. Thirty-six centres have a case and 10 are closed, the province says.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 41 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 4,005 cases since March. The death toll remains at 280. Sixteen people are in hospital. Three are in intensive care. There are 567 active cases and there have been 3,158 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 19 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals and 19 in schools.
  • In a memo to Council Friday evening, staff said an employee at the Plant Recreation Centre tested positive for novel coronavirus and is now self-isolating at home. The Plant Recreation Centre is located at 930 Somerset. St. W. 
  • Nine patients and five staff members have now tested positive for COVID-19 at Saint-Vincent Hospital. Ottawa Public Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the hospital on Wednesday.
  • Quebec has now seen 71,005 confirmed cases, up by 698. The death toll rose by seven to 5,821. The number of people in hospital rose by 18 to 217 with 33 in intensive care. The province completed 33,148 tests on Sept. 24 for a total of 2,233,455. A website maintained by a citizen says that 463 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 359 schools have reported a case and 839 students and 208 staff have tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,251 cases, up by 21 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. The region is one of eight regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. Six regions are now in yellow alert. Ten regions are in the green zone.
  • Canada now has seen 150,456+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,255+ deaths from the infection and 129,573+ recoveries.
  • Globally, there have now been 32,586,171+ confirmed cases with 989,380+ deaths and 22,501,182+ recoveries.

Sept. 25

  • Ontario’s daily case count surged to 409, raising the total to 48,905. The death toll rose by one to 2,837. There are 87 people in hospital in the province, with 25 in intensive care, 13 on a ventilator. There are 3,899 active cases in the province. There are 204 new cases in Toronto with 66 in Peel and 40 in Ottawa, Health minister Christine Elliott said on twitter, with 65 per cent of today’s cases in people under 40. There have been 42,169 recoveries. Ontario completed 41,865 tests for a total of 3,722,479.
  • So far 198 schools in Ontario have reported a case of COVID-19, 53 in the Ottawa region. There have been 238 people with confirmed infections including at least 110 students. There are 109 cases of COVID-19 in child care centres; 54 in children and 55 staff. Thirty-six centres have a case and 10 are closed, the province says.
  • The province has ordered restaurants and bars to stop selling alcohol after 11 p.m. and the consumption of alcohol on these premises will be prohibited after 12 a.m. Under the stricter measures, these establishments will have to close by midnight and remain closed until 5 a.m., except for takeout and delivery. The province has also orderd the closing of all strip clubs.
  • The Ontario Hospital Association has released a letter signed by 38 health professionals which calls for immediate restrictions to be re-imposed on non-essential businesses, such as gyms, dine-in restaurants and bars, nightclubs, and theatres. It also calls on restrictions on other places where people can gather, such as places of worship.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 41 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 3,960 cases since March. The death toll remains at 280. Thirteen people are in hospital. Three are in intensive care. There are 551 active cases and there have been 3,129 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 18 institutions in Ottawa institutions, including long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals.
  • The majority of Ottawa pharmacies selected to offer free COVID-19 tests are ready to start swabbing patients today, the companies say. CBC has a list. Asymptomatic residents in high risk groups only can head to the drugstores for a swab test. This detail emerged Friday.
  • Ottawa Bylaw and Regulatory Services says a charge that carries with it a fine of $880 under Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act was issued for a gathering of more than 25 people in Gloucester-South Nepean on Sept. 19.
  • The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board says hundreds of students are now trying to switch to remote learning.
  • Classes will resume on Monday at Fellowes High School in Pembroke following a COVID-19 outbreak. The Renfrew County and District Health Unit has declared the COVID-19 outbreak at the school over after no additional positive cases among students, staff, or close contacts.
  • Quebec has now seen 70,307 confirmed cases, up by 637. The death toll rose by four to 5,814. The number of people in hospital rose by 15 to 195 with 33 in intensive care, up three. The province completed 36,060 tests on Sept. 23 for a total of 2,200,307. A website maintained by a citizen says that 463 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 359 schools have reported a case and 839 students and 208 staff have tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,230 cases, up by 20 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. The region is one of five regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. The other regions in orange are Chaudieres-Appalache, Montreal, Laval and parts of Quebec City. Eight regions are now in yellow alert. Nine regions are in the green zone.
  • Montreal public health reported 229 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the city since the start of the pandemic to 32,292. 
  • Canada now has seen 150,300+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,254+ deaths from the infection and 128,990+ recoveries.
  • The New Democrats have reached a deal with the Liberal government over support for the government’s throne speech. The key to the deal was the government’s agreement to expand who is eligible for the expanded sick leave benefit announced on Thursday. Details TBA.
  • The federal government has signed a deal with AstraZeneca to get up to 20 million doses of its experimental vaccine for COVID-19.
  • Canada is committing approximately $220 million to the COVAX Facility to procure up to 15 million vaccine doses for Canadians. An additional $220 million is being earmarked to purchase doses for low- and middle-income countries, the government said, noting that Canada cannot beat COVID-19 unless it is tackled everywhere.
  • Health Canada has granted approval for the Hyris bCUBE to be used as a medical device for COVID-19 human testing. As a portable device, the Hyris bCUBE provides onsite and accurate results in minutes. This timely approval arrives as Canadians face rising COVID-19 cases and it supports the testing capabilities of provincial programs to meet demand.
  • Globally, there have now been 32,386,999+ confirmed cases with 985,404+ deaths and 22,273,789+ recoveries.
  • The United States now has seen 7,019,232+ confirmed cases of COVID-19 along with 203,429+ deaths from the infection.

Sept. 24

  • The Liberals are proposing to increase the value of EI benefits to $500 a week under newly tabled legislation that was tabled today just before aid runs out for millions. It follows a demand from the New Democratic Party, whose leader Jagmeet Singh condemned the Liberals for planning to reduce benefits to $400 a week. The proposal would bring the value of payments to the same level as under the soon-to-disappear Canada Emergency Response Benefit. The same $500-a-week floor would be placed under EI.
  • Bill C2, the Canada Recovery Benefits Act, includes the Canada Recovery Benefit, the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit.
  • The Canada Recovery Benefit will deliver $500 a week for up to 26 weeks, to workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for employment insurance
  • The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit offers $500 a week for up to two weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19
  • The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit of C$500 a week for up to 26 weeks per household, for eligible Canadians unable to work because they must care for a young child or family member because schools or day-cares are closed due to COVID-19.
  • The bill also includes $1.5 billion to send to provinces for training programs.
  • It also asks Parliament to give the government emergency spending powers until the end of the year to combat the pandemic with, for example, vaccines.
  • The CERB has paid out some $78 billion to nearly 8.8 million people. The government estimates about 2.8 million people receiving CERB payments will move to EI.
  • Ontario’s daily case count surged to 409, raising the total to 48,496. The death toll rose by one to 2,836. There are 88 people in hospital in the province, with 24 in intensive care, nine on a ventilator. There are 3,774 active cases in the province. There are 151 new cases in Toronto with 82 in Ottawa and 46 in Peel, Health minister Christine Elliott said on twitter, with 63 per cent of today’s cases in people under 40. Thirty-one are classified as school-related, including 24 students, three staff and four categorized as “individuals not identified.”
  • The province also reported two new outbreaks in long-term care facilities, bringing the current total to 33. 
  • There have been 41,600 recoveries, up 258. Ontario completed 30,634 tests for a total of 3,680,614.
  • The province’s top health officials say testing for COVID-19 will shift back toward symptomatic people and those in high-risk groups. Testing of asymptomatic people will be limited to pharmacies.
  • Ontario Premier Doug Ford said his government will invest $1 billion to expand contact tracing capacity heading into flu season. 
  • Ford’s office said that he did not have “close contact or prolonged exposure” to the staffer who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • “All staff that had contact with their teammate will self-isolate and monitor for symptoms,” wrote Ivana Yelich, spokesperson for the premier’s office, in an email to media. “The premier will closely monitor for symptoms and take appropriate next step
  • Ontario wants to avoid imposing lockdown-style measures to combat a second wave of COVID-19, but is prepared to take “targeted action” such as closing certain higher-risk businesses, CBC News has learned
  • So far 178 schools in Ontario have reported a case of COVID-19, 58 in the Ottawa region including Pembroke and Kemptville. There have been 210 people with confirmed infections including at least 101 students. There are 107 cases of COVID-19 in child care centres; 52 in children and 55 staff. Thirty-seven centres have reported a case and 11 more are closed, the province says.
  • The Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) warns there is a shortage of certified teachers in the province and is asking retired teachers to reinstate their memberships and return to work if they can.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 82 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 3,919 cases since March. The death toll remains at 280. Fourteen people are in hospital. Three people are in intensive care. There are 587 active cases and there have been 3,052 recoveries. Ottawa Public Health is reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at 33 institutions in Ottawa, including long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals and schools.
  • The parking lot at Calypso Waterpark in Limoges is being turned into a drive-thru COVID-19 testing centre. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is teaming up with Ontario Health East and paramedics from both Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and Prescott-Russell to open a temporary COVID-19 testing centre in the parking lot at Calypso.
  • The drive-thru testing site, located off Highway 417 at 2015 Calypso Street, will open on Thursday, Sept. 24. It will be open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • People with no symptoms of COVID-19 are being told not to go to COVID-19 assessment centres for testing. Instead they are directed to designated pharmacies starting Friday.
  • A modified version of the annual Festival of Small Halls will featuring socially distanced shows with limited crowds to towns across Eastern Ontario. Performers such as Hawksley Workman, Tom Wilson, Kelly Prescott, Hannah Georgas and Ben Caplan will perform before 50 people in Almonte, Seeley’s Bay, Brockville and Manotick.
  • Quebec has now seen 69,670 confirmed cases, up by 582. The death toll rose by one to 5,810. The number of people in hospital rose by six to 184 with 31 in intensive care, up one. The province completed 27,303 tests on Sept. 22 for a total of 2,164,247. A website maintained by a citizen says that 440 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 325 schools have reported a case and 750 students and 185 staff have tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,210 cases, up by a record 36 confirmed cases. The region’s death toll remains at 34. The region is one of five regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. The other regions in orange are Chaudieres-Appalache, Montreal, Laval and parts of Quebec City. Eight regions are now in yellow alert. Nine regions are in the green zone.
  • Canada now has seen 148,783+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,246+ deaths from the infection and 128,231+ recoveries.
  • Globally, there have now been 32,062,182+ confirmed cases with 979,701+ deaths and 22,057,268+ recoveries.

Sept. 23

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the nation in a rare address that the country is in the midst of second wave of COVID-19 infection that could be worse than the first. He said don’t count on a family get-together at Thanksgiving.
  • Earlier in the day Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette read the Liberal government’s Speech from the Throne which was dominated by proposed measures to combat the impact of the pandemic.
  • Pandemic promises: Support provinces to increase COVID-19 testing capacities, so Canadians won’t have to keep waiting in lines for hours. A federal testing assistance response team will be created to quickly meet surging testing needs, including providing tests in remote and isolated communities.
  • Continue providing personal protective equipment by building domestic production capacity and securing supply chains internationally.
  • Additional financial support for businesses that will have to temporarily shut down as a result of a local public health decision. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will be extended through the next summer to help business keep staff employed.
  • A transitional Canada Recovery Benefit for those who won’t qualify for benefits under the new expanded employment-insurance system that is to replace Canada Emergency Response Benefit by the end of this month.
  • A new Canadian Disability Benefit, an employment strategy for Canadians with disabilities and a better process to determine eligibility for government disability programs and benefits.
  • New national standards for long-term care.
  • Ottawa Public Health reported 65 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. The city has seen 3,830 cases since March. The death toll rose by one to 280. Eleven people are in hospital. Two people are in intensive care. There are 587 active cases and there have been 2,906 recoveries. There are 13 outbreaks in care homes.
  • Ontario’s daily case count surged to 335, raising the total to 48,087. The death toll rose by three to 2,835. There are 88 people in hospital in the province, up six, with 24 in intensive care, 11 on a ventilator. There are 3,652 active cases in the province. There are 102 new cases in Toronto with 79 in Peel and 65 in Ottawa, Health minister Christine Elliott said on twitter, with 69 per cent of today’s cases in people under 40. There have been 41,342 recoveries. Ontario completed 35,436 tests for a total of 3,649,980.
  • So far 153 schools in Ontario have reported a case of COVID-19, 41 in the Ottawa region including Pembroke and Kemptville. There have been 180 people with confirmed infections including at least 77 students. Two schools have been closed. There have been 108 cases of COVID-19 in child care centres; 54 in children and 54 staff. Thirty-seven centres have reported a case and nine are closed, the province says. There are 10 outbreaks in child-care centres in Ottawa, OPH says.
  • Quebec has now seen 69,088 confirmed cases, up by 471. The death toll rose by four to 5,809. The number of people in hospital rose by 10 to 178 with 30 in intensive care, up two. The province completed 21,736 tests on Sept. 21 for a total of 2,136,944. A website maintained by a citizen says that 409 schools in the province have now seen at least one case of COVID-19. The province says 392 schools have reported a case and 651 students and 166 staff have tested positive.
  • The Outaouais has seen 1,174 cases, up 17. The death toll remains at 34. The region is one of five regions in the province in the orange alert zone for COVID-19 infection. The other regions in orange are Chaudieres-Appalache, Montreal, Laval and parts of Quebec City. Seven regions are now in yellow alert.
  • Canada now has seen 147,753+ confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 9,243+ deaths from the infection and 127,788+ recoveries.
  • Canada’s first known case of COVID-19 was detected eight months ago this week. As of Sept. 22, the coronavirus has been confirmed in 146,663+ Canadians. CBC News analyzed data on all confirmed cases of COVID-19 collected by Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • The chief provincial health officer in B.C. has received death threats during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Bonnie Henry says she has also received abusive letters and her staff has been harassed, all of which has caused concern for her personal safety. 
  • Globally, there have now been 31,759,233+ confirmed cases with 973,904+ deaths and 21,811,742+ recoveries.

Earlier instalments of the Capital Current COVID-19 tracker can be found here.