Ontario reports over 650 COVID-19 cases, 13 more reported in Peel

Elias Hubbard
March 26, 2020

Nearly 140,000 Canadians have now been tested for COVID-19, said Dr. Howard Njoo, the country's deputy chief public health officer.

There are now no lab confirmed cases in Renfrew County, but the health unit is reminding residents social distancing will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Since Ontario has declared a state of emergency, many businesses and venues are closing their doors as residents start to practice social distancing.

A spokesperson for DRHP said 20 residents of Hillsdale Terraces are now in self-isolation due to COVID-19.

One is a woman in her 40s who was assessed in Timmins. She was a resident of Heritage Green Nursing Home in Stoney Creek.

That brings the provincial total to 588.

If you're wondering what country holds the second-highest travel-transmission rate, it's Iran with only 14 cases. Four of the five new cases in the KFL&A region were transmitted through close contact.

Ontario confirmed 100 new cases on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

There is one case in a 20-something male from Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit.

Two of the new patients remain in hospital receiving medical treatment.

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.

Ontario health officials said in an update Wednesday that 40 people total are hospitalized, with 17 in intensive care and 15 on ventilators.

The emergency assistance program will be administered through Ontario Works and will help individuals cover the costs of food, rent, medicine, transportation, and other services.

Quebec's move came after the province's two man construction unions last week asked Premier Francois Legault to shut down the industry because not enough was being done on job sites to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Eight cases have been resolved in the province.

There are no specific treatments for the virus and there is no vaccine that protects against it.

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