Ontario reports 9th death, 100 new COVID-19 cases

James Marshall
March 26, 2020

All are self-isolating, except for one woman in her 20s who has been hospitalized.

In Northern Ontario, another confirmed positive COVID-19 case was reported yesterday - a man in his 30s in the district of Timiskaming - bringing the total confirmed cases in the north to 10.

Dr. Williams was asked about reports of some long-term care homes not enforcing social distancing between long-term care residents. Nineteen of the individuals are confirmed to have contracted the virus while on overseas travel to places like the U.K., Singapore, Italy, Dubai, Austria, Brazil and the USA, while five were infected from close contact with existing cases.

Public Health Units data shows that there are now 46 confirmed cases of people who contracted the virus after returning from our southern neighbours.

"Today I'm ordering the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces in the province of Ontario", said Premier Doug Ford.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday afternoon, Ford said the list was adjustable and meant to provide Ontarians with the necessities of life. Items can be taken off or added. The World Health Organization says widespread testing is needed to curb the pandemic, but global demand has outpaced the supply of the specific chemicals needed.

Businesses that support IT infrastructure service providers, power generation, natural gas distribution and clean drinking water will also stay open.

Child-care services for essential workers, home daycares with fewer than six children, veterinary and animal health services, and funeral services are also exempted from closure, along with dry cleaners, laundromats and some other industries.

More than half who said they had lost work said their employers were not compensating them and as many said trying to get employment insurance had proven hard. "And our officials are working with businesses across the province to give clarity", he said.

The province's decision is in contrast to Quebec, which on Monday suspended all construction activity except for emergency or security services.

Given Ontario's population was about 14.7 million at the end of 2019, that works out to about 12 ventilators per 100,000 people.

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