Ottawa, eastern Ontario businesses targets in COVID-19 inspection blitzes

Henrietta Brewer
November 20, 2020

Lecce said the main focus of the government is protecting the progress that he believes has been made in schools this fall and that planning for the new year is underway so that students can go to school every day.

Premier Doug Ford is scheduled to hold a news conference beginning at 1 Queen's Park.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 361cases are in Peel Region, 346 are in Toronto, and 143 are in York Region.

"As it's looking, these measures, they will have to be tough in the hardest-hit areas", said Mr. Ford, who also announced a COVID-19 enforcement blitz aimed at workplaces on Thursday.

Ford specifically praised Ottawa, saying, "You folks are champions out there".

The province says 103 of its 626 long-term care homes are experiencing an outbreak.

Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton said Wednesday that the science keeps evolving, and there's evidence showing that a weekly test will detect cases that may not have been picked up with testing every two weeks.

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

Dr. Barbara Yaffe also says keeping schools open remains a priority.

The exception is Public Health Sudbury and District, which is in the yellow (protect) restriction level.

Ontario reported 1,417 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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

Of the new patients logged on Friday, 400 are in Peel Region, 393 are in Toronto and 168 are in York Region.

According to the province's data released on Friday, there are 518 COVID-19 patients receiving treatment in Ontario hospitals. Those bring the number of schools with a reported case to 680 out of Ontario's 4,828 publicly funded schools.

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

Where are the new COVID-19 cases? There are now 43 Ottawans hospitalized with the disease (down from 47 Tuesday), including four in ICU.

The number of Ontarians in hospital intensive care units and on ventilators with COVID-19 took a sharp jump Thursday, reaching the level where non-emergency surgeries begin facing cancellations.

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