Province encourages more downloads of COVID Alert app

Henrietta Strickland
October 17, 2020

Those restrictions turned out to be the very same as the ones in place for Toronto, Peel and Ottawa, all of which were pushed back to a modified version of Stage 2 last Friday due to spiking rates of transmission. "And I know this will be very, very hard for many people to hear".

More than 1,900 nursing home residents and eight staff have died from COVID-19, a lot of them last winter and spring as the virus raced through the close confines of long-term care with shortages of personal protective equipment for nurses, personal support workers and other employees.

The province says it is has hired 100 new contact tracers to help track and isolate new cases of COVID-19.

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Public Health Measures Table, local medical officers of health and other health experts, the Ontario government is introducing additional health measures for York Region. We need to protect our schools and our communities.

"You may be winning for the next few days because you're allowing those customers to come in but in the long term we're all going to get hurt".

Of the 783 cases reported, 239 are from Toronto, 136 are from Peel, 127 are from York, and 89 are from Ottawa.

Meanwhile, Quebec reported 969 cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths in the past 24 hours. "So, it's not necessarily what the numbers are from one day to the next but the trend that we are seeing and we are seeing an alarming upward trend". "These new restrictions bring about more uncertainty and additional challenges", Scarpitti said in a statement.

The FAO report make it clear that the province's books, as well as the household budgets of its residents, would be in far poorer shape without the pandemic financial supports provided by the Justin Trudeau government.

STATEMENT - York Region to move to modified Stage 2 on Monday at 12:01AM.

Ontario has a total of 62,196 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 53,291 resolved cases and 3,022 deaths. Before-school and after-school programs will also continue to be exempt from these new restrictions and will remain open.

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