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Province lifts short-term rental restrictions- June 5 10:50

The province continues to slowly reopen. The Ontario government has now lifted restrictions on short-term rentals as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, so now you can rent a lodge, cabin, cottage, home, condo or go to a bed-and-breakfast. Tourism Minister Lisa MacLeod says the sector has been hit hard by the pandemic and tourism levels in Ontario may not be back to 2019 levels until 2024. She's encouraging people to support local businesses and vacation within the province. She did promise more government support for the sector is coming.

Province reports 344 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths on Friday - June 5 10:49

On Friday, the province confirmed 344 new COVID-19 cases. That's a 1.2 per cent increase over the previous day. Another 15 deaths were announced bringing the province's death toll to 2,372. Since the start of the pandemic 29,747 cases have been reported in Ontario. Of those, 23,583 are listed as resolved which is a little more than 79 per cent of all cases. The number of tests done the previous day was 20,730.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to June 4, 2020
Severity Number Percentage
Number of cases footnote 1 29,747 N/A
Change from previous report (new cases) 344 1.2% increase
Resolved footnote 2 23,583 79.3
Change from previous report 375 1.6% increase
Subset of all cases that are reported to be long-term care residents footnote 3 footnote 4 footnote 5 5,222 17.6
Subset of all cases that are reported as a health care worker footnote 4 footnote 5 footnote 6 associated with long-term care outbreaks 1,883 6.3
Total number of deaths footnote 7 2,372 8.0
Deaths footnote 7 reported for residents in long-term care homes footnote 4 footnote 5 footnote 6 1,519 64.0
Deaths footnote 7 reported for health care workers footnote 5 footnote 6 footnote 2 in long-term care homes 5 0.2
Demographics - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to June 4, 2020
Case characteristics Number Percentage
Male 13,197 44.4
Female 16,302 54.8
19 and under 1,123 3.8
20-39 7,987 26.8
40-59 9,151 30.8
60-79 5,907 19.9
80 and over 5,563 18.7
Testing - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to June 4, 2020
Testing Number Percentage
Total tests completed footnote 8 809,053 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day footnote 9 20,730 N/A
Currently under investigation footnote 10 12,247 N/A
Hospitalizations - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to June 4, 2020
Hospitalizations Number Percentage
Number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 footnote 11 749 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU footnote 12 with COVID-19 118 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU footnote 12 on a ventilator with COVID-19 94 N/A
Long-Term Care footnote 13 footnote 14 footnote 15 footnote 16
Indicator Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 85 166
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 969 5,222
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 732 1,883
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1,692 1,519
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths 7 5

Province reports 356 new COVID-19 cases and 45 more deaths on Thursday - June 4 10:41

On Thursday, the province confirmed 356 new COVID-19 cases. That's a 1.2 per cent increase over the previous day. Another 45 deaths were also announced bringing the death toll to 2,357. To date 29,403 cases have been reported in Ontario. Of those 23,208 are listed as resolved, which is nearly 79 per cent of all cases. The province exceeded it's testing capacity the previous day before this report with 20,822 tests completed, the most in a single day in the province.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to June 3, 2020
Severity Number Percentage
Number of cases footnote 1 29,403 N/A
Change from previous report (new cases) 356 1.2% increase
Resolved footnote 2 23,208 78.9
Change from previous report 397 1.7% increase
Subset of all cases that are reported to be long-term care residents footnote 3 footnote 4 footnote 5 5,202 17.7
Subset of all cases that are reported as a health care worker footnote 4 footnote 5 footnote 6 associated with long-term care outbreaks 1,865 6.3
Total number of deaths footnote 7 2,357 8.0
Deaths footnote 7 reported for residents in long-term care homes footnote 4 footnote 5 footnote 6 1,509 64.0
Deaths footnote 7 reported for health care workers footnote 5 footnote 6 footnote 2 in long-term care homes 5 0.2
Demographics - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to June 3, 2020
Case characteristics Number Percentage
Male 13,021 44.3
Female 16,139 54.9
19 and under 1,096 3.7
20-39 7,841 26.7
40-59 9,040 30.7
60-79 5,871 20.0
80 and over 5,538 18.8
Testing - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to June 3, 2020
Testing Number Percentage
Total tests completed footnote 8 786,323 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day footnote 9 20,822 N/A
Currently under investigation footnote 10 12,760 N/A
Hospitalizations - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to June 3, 2020
Hospitalizations Number Percentage
Number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 footnote 11 776 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU footnote 12 with COVID-19 121 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU footnote 12 on a ventilator with COVID-19 94 N/A
Long-Term Care footnote 13 footnote 14 footnote 15 footnote 16
Indicator Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 89 166
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 970 5,202
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 805 1,865
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1,679 1,509
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths 7 5

Province reports 338 new COVID-19 cases and 19 more deaths on Wednesday - June 3 10:37 a.m.

On Wednesday, the province confirmed 338 new COVID-19 cases. That's a 1.2 per cent increase over the previous day. Another 19 deaths were announced bringing the death toll to 2,312. To date 29,047 cases have been reported in Ontario. Of those cases, 22,811 are listed as resolved which is a little more than 78 per cent. It means there are 3,924 active cases in the province. There were 17,537 tests completed in the 24-hours prior to the report which is above the government's goal of 16,000 tests per day.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to June 2, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases[1] 29,047 N/A
Change from previous report (new cases) 338 1.2% increase
Resolved[2] 22,811 78.5
Change from previous report 327 1.5% increase
Subset of all cases that are reported to be long-term care residents[3] [4] [5] 5,172 17.8
Subset of all cases that are reported as a health care worker[4] [5] [6] associated with long-term care outbreaks 1,843 6.3
Total number of deaths[7] 2,312 8.0
Deaths[7] reported for residents in long-term care homes[4] [5] [6] 1,472 63.7
Deaths[7] reported for health care workers[5] [6] [2] in long-term care homes 5 0.3
Demographics - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to June 2, 2020
Number Percentage
Male 12,851 44.2
Female 15,956 54.9
19 and under 1,068 3.7
20-39 7,728 26.6
40-59 8,912 30.7
60-79 5,816 20.0
80 and over 5,506 19.0
Testing - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to June 2, 2020
Number Percentage
Total tests completed[8] 765,501 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day[9] 17,537 N/A
Currently under investigation[10] 11,636 N/A
Hospitalizations - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to June 2, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19[11] 791 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU[12] with COVID-19 127 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU[12] on a ventilator with COVID-19 92 N/A
Long-Term Care[13] [14] [15] [16]
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 94 169
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 986 5172
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 866 1843
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1661 1472
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths 7 5

Province reports 446 new COVID-19 cases and 17 more deaths on Tuesday - June 2 10:49 a.m.

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario stayed in the 400s on Tuesday. The province confirmed 446 new cases. That's an increase of 1.6 per cent over the previous day. Reports say some of these new cases may be from positive tests that weren't previously reported to local health units. Another 17 deaths were reported bringing the death toll to 2,293. To date 28,709 cases have been reported. Of those 22,484 or 78 per cent are listed as resolved. There were 15, 244 tests done the day before the latest report was compiled.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to June 1, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases[1] 28,709 N/A
Change from previous report (new cases) 446 1.6% increase
Resolved[2] 22,484 78.3
Subset of all cases that are reported to be long-term care residents[3] [4] [5] 5,158 18.0
Subset of all cases that are reported as a health care worker[4] [5] [6] associated with long-term care outbreaks 1,825 6.4
Total number of deaths[7] 2,293 8.0
Deaths[7] reported for residents in long-term care homes[4] [5] [6] 1,465 63.9
Deaths[7] reported for health care workers[5] [6] [2] in long-term care homes 5 0.3
Demographics - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to June 1, 2020
Number Percentage
Male 12,658 44.1
Female 15,811 55.1
19 and under 1,047 3.6
20-39 7,601 26.5
40-59 8,789 30.6
60-79 5,766 20.1
80 and over 5,488 19.1
Testing - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to June 1, 2020
Number Percentage
Total tests completed[8] 747,964 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day[9] 15,244 N/A
Currently under investigation[10] 10,622 N/A
Hospitalizations - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to June 1, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19[11] 801 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU[12] with COVID-19 125 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU[12] on a ventilator with COVID-19 87 N/A
Long-Term Care[13] [14] [15] [16]
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 105 176
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 1081 5158
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 925 1825
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1652 1465
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths 7 5
 

Haldimand-Norfolk heath unit says 120 workers tested positive for COVID-19 - June 1 12:48 p.m.

The mayor of Norfolk County says 120 workers at a local farm have tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement, Kristal Chopp says seven of the workers have been admitted to hospital. The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit said over the weekend that 85 migrant workers were affected and the Mexican government liaison had been notified. The health unit says it is working with the farm, Scotlynn Group, and its clinical staff are developing a plan to evaluate and monitor symptomatic workers. The company says in a statement that it has executed an isolation plan to stop the spread of the virus. It also says with a large number workers not available, it is looking for additional help with an asparagus harvest. These new cases bring the total number of cases in the two counties to 338. Of those 136 people have recovered and 31 have died.

Province reports 404 new COVID-19 cases and 10 more deaths on Monday - June 1 12:45 p.m.

On Monday, the province confirmed 404 new COVID-19 cases. They also reported 10 more deaths bringing the death toll to 2,276. To date 28,263 cases have been reported in the province. Of those 22,153 are listed as resolved which is a little more than 78 per cent of all cases. Testing numbers have dipped back below the province's goal with 14, 379 done in the 24-hours before the report was compiled.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 31, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases[1] 28,263 N/A
Change from previous report (new cases) 404 1.5% increase
Resolved[2] 22,153 78.4
Subset of all cases that are reported to be long-term care residents[3] [4] [5] 5,097 18.0
Subset of all cases that are reported as a health care worker[4] [5] [6] associated with long-term care outbreaks 1,814 6.4
Total number of deaths[7] 2,276 8.1
Deaths[7] reported for residents in long-term care homes[4] [5] [6] 1,445 63.5
Deaths[7] reported for health care workers[5] [6] [2] in long-term care homes 6 0.3
Demographics - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 31, 2020
Number Percentage
Male 12,386 43.8
Female 15,638 55.3
19 and under 1,013 3.6
20-39 7,406 26.2
40-59 8,651 30.6
60-79 5,705 20.2
80 and over 5,471 19.4
Testing - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 31, 2020
Number Percentage
Total tests completed[8] 732,720 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day[9] 14,379 N/A
Currently under investigation[10] 6,427 N/A
Hospitalizations - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 31, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19[11] 781 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU[12] with COVID-19 125 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU[12] on a ventilator with COVID-19 89 N/A
Long-Term Care[13] [14] [15] [16]
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 112 181
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 1154 5097
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 978 1814
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1648 1445
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths 7 6

Province reports 344 new COVID-19 cases and 41 more deaths on Friday - May 29 11:24 a.m.

Ontario's testing numbers are continuing to climb closer to the province's capacity. In the 24-hours prior to Friday's report was compiled, 18,525 tests were completed. There has only be one time during the pandemic testing numbers were higher, May 9 when the 19,227 tests were done. The province is set to lay out a new testing protocol Friday. On Friday, the province reported 344 new cases, down from Thursday and an overall increase of 1.3 per cent. The number of deaths rose by 41 to 2,230. The report also appears to show 34 of those deaths were in long-term care homes. To date 27, 210 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Ontario. Of those cases 20,983 are listed as resolved which is just over 77 per cent.  
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 28, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 27,210 N/A
Change from previous report (new cases) 344 1.3% increase
Resolved2 20,983 77.1
Subset of all cases that are reported to be long-term care residents3,4,5 4,989 18.3
Subset of all cases that are reported as a health care worker4,5,6 associated with long-term care outbreaks 1,775 6.5
Total number of deaths7 2,230 8.2
Deaths7 reported for residents in long-term care homes4,5,6 1,412 63.3
Deaths7 reported for health care workers5,6,2 in long-term care homes 5 0.2
Demographics - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 28, 2020
Number Percentage
Male 11,818 43.4
Female 15,162 55.7
19 and under 948 3.5
20-39 6,992 25.7
40-59 8,310 30.5
60-79 5,551 19.8
80 and over 5,394 19.8
Testing - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 28, 2020
Number Percentage
Total tests completed8 680,687 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day9 18,525 N/A
Currently under investigation10 13,351 N/A
Hospitalizations - Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 27, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-1911 826 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 with COVID-19 129 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 on a ventilator with COVID-19 100 N/A
Long-Term Care 13, 14, 15, 16
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 123 190
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 1476 4989
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1113 1775
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1625 1412
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths 6 5
Summary of long-term care cases of COVID-19 in Ontario from January 15, 2020 to May 28, 202013
Report Number Previous Day Number Percent Change
LTC homes with an outbreak 123 129 -4.65
LTC homes with resolved outbreaks 172 N/A N/A
Confirmed active cases of positive residents 1476 1655 -10.82
Confirmed active cases of positive staff 1113 1160 -4.05
Resident deaths in LTC homes 1625 1591 2.14
Staff deaths associated with LTC homes 6 6 N/A

Province reports 383 new COVID-19 cases and 34 more deaths on Thursday - May 28 10:52 a.m.

The number of new daily COVID-19 cases is back in the 300s. On Thursday, the province reported 383 new cases. That's an increase of 1.4 per cent over the previous day. The number of deaths rose by 34 to 2,189. To date 26,866 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Ontario. Of those cases 20,673 are listed as resolved which is about 77 per cent. The number of tests completed in the previous day before this report was 17,615.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 27, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 26,866 N/A
Change from previous report (new cases) 383 1.4% increase
Resolved2 20,673 76.9
Subset of all cases that are reported to be long-term care residents3,4,5 4,964 18.5
Subset of all cases that are reported as a health care worker4,5,6 associated with long-term care outbreaks 1,745 6.5
Total number of deaths7 2,189 8.1
Deaths7 reported for residents in long-term care homes4,5,6 1,377 62.9
Deaths7 reported for health care workers5,6,2 in long-term care homes 5 0.2
Demographics
Male 11,637 43.3
Female 15,005 55.9
19 and under 922 3.4
20-39 6,870 25.6
40-59 8,208 30.6
60-79 5,493 20.4
80 and over 5,359 19.9
Testing
Total tests completed8 662,162 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day9 17,615 N/A
Currently under investigation10 11,868 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-1911 833 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 with COVID-19 137 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 on a ventilator with COVID-19 94 N/A
Long-Term Care 13, 14, 15, 16
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 129 191
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 1655 4964
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1160 1745
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1591 1377
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths 6 5

Province reports 292 new COVID-19 cases and 32 more deaths on Wednesday - May 27 10:51 a.m.

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario was in the 200s for the second day in a row on Wednesday. The province confirmed 292 new cases. That's a 1.1 per cent increase over the previous day. Another 32 deaths were announced bringing the death toll to 2,155. To date 26,483 cases have been reported in Ontario. Of those 20,372 are listed as resolved which is about 77 per cent of all cases. There are currently 3,956 active cases in Ontario. The number of tests completed in the day before this report rose to 15,133.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 26, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 26,483 N/A
Change from previous report (new cases) 292 1.1% increase
Resolved2 20,372 76.9
Subset of all cases that are reported to be long-term care residents3,4,5 4,936 18.6
Subset of all cases that are reported as a health care worker4,5,6 associated with long-term care outbreaks 1,721 6.5
Total number of deaths7 2,155 8.1
Deaths7 reported for residents in long-term care homes4,5,6 1,352 62.7
Deaths7 reported for health care workers5,6,2 in long-term care homes 4 0.2
Demographics
Male 11,433 43.2
Female 14,827 56.0
19 and under 888 3.4
20-39 6,737 25.4
40-59 8,101 30.6
60-79 5,421 20.5
80 and over 5,321 20.1
Testing
Total tests completed8 644,547 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day9 15,133 N/A
Currently under investigation10 11,817 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-1911 847 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 with COVID-19 150 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 on a ventilator with COVID-19 117 N/A
Long-Term Care 13, 14, 15, 16
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 135 199
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 1765 4936
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1216 1721
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1587 1352
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths 6 <5

Ontario extends COVID-19 emergency orders to June 9 - May 27 10:48 a.m.

It means outdoor playgrounds, public pools, bars and restaurants and more are still closed. The restrictions of just five people in a social gathering also continues. "We are extending these emergency orders to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families as we begin to gradually and safely reopen our province," said Premier Doug Ford. "To build on the progress we have made to contain COVID-19, people should continue to follow these simple public health guidelines, practise physical distancing, wear a mask when it is a challenge to physical distance, and wash their hands regularly. If you think you have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to the virus, go to an assessment centre and get tested. Please stay safe." The following emergency orders have been extended until June 9, 2020: The following orders have also been extended:

Province reports 287 new COVID-19 cases and 21 more deaths on Tuesday - May 26 10:51 a.m.

On Tuesday, the province reported 287 new COVID-19 cases. That's a 1.1 per cent increase over the previous day. They also announced 21 more deaths bringing the total number of deaths to 2,123. To date there have been 26,191 cases reported in Ontario. Of those 19,958 are listed as a resolved which is about 76 per cent of all cases. There are 4,110 active cases in the province.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 25, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 26,191 N/A
Change from previous report (new cases) 287 1.1% increase
Resolved2 19,958 76.2
Subset of all cases that are reported to be long-term care residents3,4,5 4,892 18.7
Subset of all cases that are reported as a health care worker4,5,6 associated with long-term care outbreaks 1,703 6.5
Total number of deaths7 2,123 8.1
Deaths7 reported for residents in long-term care homes4,5,6 1,335 62.9
Deaths7 reported for health care workers5,6,2 in long-term care homes 4 0.2
Demographics
Male 11,286 43.1
Female 14,679 56.0
19 and under 866 3.3
20-39 6,651 25.4
40-59 8,002 30.6
60-79 5,371 20.5
80 and over 5,285 20.2
Testing
Total tests completed8 629,414 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day9 9,875 N/A
Currently under investigation10 6,961 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-1911 848 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 with COVID-19 143 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 on a ventilator with COVID-19 113 N/A
Long-Term Care 13, 14, 15, 16
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 150 201
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 1855 4892
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1335 1703
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1538 1335
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths 6 <5

Province reports 404 new COVID-19 cases and 29 more deaths on Monday - May 25 10:52 a.m.

On Monday, the province confirmed 404 new COVID-19 cases. That's 1.6 per cent increase over the previous day. The number of deaths rose by 29 to 2,102. To date there have been 25,904 cases reported in Ontario. However, 19,698 of those are now listed as resolved. There are 4,104 active cases in the province. There were 8,170 tests conducted the previous day before this report.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 24, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 25,904 N/A
Change from previous report (new cases) 404 1.6% increase
Resolved2 19,698 76.0
Subset of all cases that are reported to be long-term care residents3,4,5 4,862 18.8
Subset of all cases that are reported as a health care worker4,5,6 associated with long-term care outbreaks 1,678 6.5
Total number of deaths7 2,102 8.1
Deaths7 reported for residents in long-term care homes4,5,6 1,323 62.9
Deaths7 reported for health care workers5,6,2 in long-term care homes 4 0.2
Demographics
Male 11,149 43.0
Female 14,526 56.1
19 and under 845 3.3
20-39 6,565 25.3
40-59 7,906 30.5
60-79 5,313 20.3
80 and over 5,260 20.3
Testing
Total tests completed8 619,539 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day9 8,170 N/A
Currently under investigation10 3,883 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-1911 859 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 with COVID-19 148 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 on a ventilator with COVID-19 114 N/A
Long-Term Care 13, 14, 15, 16
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 159 203
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 1926 4862
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1395 1678
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1531 1323
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths 6 <5

Province confirms 441 new COVID-19 cases and 28 more deaths on Friday - May 22 10:42 a.m.

Ontario's death toll from COVID-19 has now surpassed 2,000. On Friday, the province announced 28 more deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,021. There were also another 441 new cases announced, the highest daily increase in two weeks. It also represents an increase of 1.8 per cent from the day before. To date, 24,628 cases have been reported in Ontario. However, with 18,767 of those resolved there are only 3,840 active cases. On the previous day before this report 11,276 tests were conducted, marking five straight days of testing below the province's goal. Of the new tests, approximately 3.91 per cent of them came back positive, but there are still 5,516 tests under investigation.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 21, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 24,628 N/A
Change from previous report (new cases) 441 1.8% increase
Resolved2 18,767 76.2
Subset of all cases that are reported to be long-term care residents3,4,5 4,711 19.1
Subset of all cases that are reported as a health care worker4,5,6 associated with long-term care outbreaks 1,623 6.6
Total number of deaths7 2,021 8.2
Deaths7 reported for residents in long-term care homes4,5,6 1,262 62.4
Deaths7 reported for health care workers5,6,2 in long-term care homes 4 0.2
Demographics
Male 10,506 42.7
Female 13,935 56.6
19 and under 742 3.0
20-39 6,099 24.8
40-59 7,496 30.4
60-79 5,143 20.9
80 and over 5,132 20.8
Testing
Total tests completed8 588,958 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day9 11,276 N/A
Currently under investigation10 5,516 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-1911 961 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 with COVID-19 153 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 on a ventilator with COVID-19 120 N/A
Long-Term Care 13, 14, 15, 16
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 171 211
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2252 4711
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1523 1623
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1486 1262
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths 6 <5

Province confirms 413 new COVID-19 cases and 31 more deaths on Thursday - May 21 11:01 a.m.

The daily number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario is back in the 400s. On Thursday, 413 new cases were announced which is 1.7 increase over the previous day. Another 31 deaths were also confirmed bringing that total to 1,993. To date 24,187 cases have been reported in Ontario. However, with 18,509 of those resolved there are only 3,685 active cases. On the previous day before this report 10,506 tests were conducted.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 20, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 24,187 N/A
Change from previous report (new cases) 413 1.7% increase
Resolved2 18,509 76.5
Subset of all cases that are reported to be long-term care residents3,4,5 4,656 19.3
Subset of all cases that are reported as a health care worker4,5,6 associated with long-term care outbreaks 1,601 6.6
Total number of deaths7 1,993 8.2
Deaths7 reported for residents in long-term care homes4,5,6 1,242 62.3
Deaths7 reported for health care workers5,6,2 in long-term care homes 4 0.2
Demographics
Male 10,279 42.5
Female 13,735 56.8
19 and under 713 2.9
20-39 5,951 24.6
40-59 7,355 30.4
60-79 5,075 21.0
80 and over 5,080 21.0
Testing
Total tests completed8 577,682 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day9 10,506 N/A
Currently under investigation10 5,051 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-1911 984 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 with COVID-19 155 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 on a ventilator with COVID-19 117 N/A
Long-Term Care 13, 14, 15, 16
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 175 216
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2458 4656
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1564 1601
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1452 1242
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths 6 <5

Province reports 390 new COVID-19 cases and 43 more deaths on Wednesday - May 20 11:00 a.m.

On Wednesday, the province confirmed 390 new COVID-19 cases. That's a 1.7 per cent increase over the previous day. They also reported 43 more deaths bringing the total number of deaths in Ontario to 1,962. To date there have been 23,774 cases on the virus. However, 18,190 of those are now resolved. There are currently 3,622 active cases in the province. There were also only 7,382 tests done in the 24-hours prior to the report.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 19, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 23,774 N/A
Change from previous report (new cases) 390 1.7% increase
Resolved6 18,190 76.5
Subset of all cases that are reported to be long-term care residents2,3,4 4,518 19.0
Subset of all cases that are reported as a health care worker3,4,5 associated with long-term care outbreaks 1,573 6.6
Total number of deaths7 1,962 8.3
Deaths7 reported for residents in long-term care homes3,4,5 1,224 62.4
Deaths7 reported for health care workers4,5,6 in long-term care homes 4 0.2
Demographics
Male 10,095 42.5
Female 13,507 56.8
19 and under 686 2.9
20-39 5,840 24.6
40-59 7,258 30.5
60-79 4,997 21.0
80 and over 4,981 21.0
Testing
Total tests completed8 567,176 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day9 7,382 N/A
Currently under investigation10 4,444 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-1911 991 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 with COVID-19 160 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 on a ventilator with COVID-19 120 N/A
Long-Term Care 13, 14, 15, 16
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 183 219
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2563 4518
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1611 1573
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1427 1224
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths 5 <5

Emergency orders in Ontario extended until May 29 - May 19 11:14 a.m.

Just as businesses are reopening, the province has decided to extend all emergency orders until May 29. However it's not all bad news, as the government also says certain outdoor amenities will be allowed to open before that. You still won't be able to let your kids use the playground, but as of Tuesday, you can bring your pets to off-leash dog parks. According to the province, outdoor picnic sites, park benches, shelters, outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, and some recreational areas are allowed to reopen starting Tuesday. Playgrounds, play structures and public swimming pools are some of the things that won't be opening for the time being. Splash pads or similar water facilities will also stay closed, along with any outdoor fitness equipment. The province hasn't specifically said when you'll be able to use those things again. They only say that will happen in a later stage of the province's reopening plan. "Although we are entering the first stage of our framework to reopen the economy, it's critical that we continue to do so in a safe and responsible manner," said Premier Doug Ford. "The people of Ontario have been doing a fantastic job to help flatten the curve and stop the spread of this terrible virus. With warmer weather beginning, individuals and families will now be able to enjoy many outdoor amenities, but everyone must continue to maintain physical distancing from those outside of their household." There's also an exemption to the emergency order allowing 'drive-in' religious gatherings. That means churches, mosques and temples can allow gatherings, but probably not what you're used to. You'll have to stay inside your vehicle and there are other conditions, like only allowing people from one household in a single vehicle and keeping those vehicles two metres apart. A maximum of five people can conduct a 'drive-in' service from outside and they too must stay two metres away from each other. "Our government recognizes the importance that Ontarians place on participating in religious services," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. "We continue to take a measured approach to reopening our province and this exemption is another important step forward in that process." Despite some easing of restrictions, the rest of the province's emergency orders will be in effect until at least May 29.

Province reports 427 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths on Tuesday - May 19 11:03 a.m.

The province is reporting 427 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. That's an increase of 1.9 per cent. Another 15 deaths were confirmed bringing the death toll to 1,919. To date there have been 23,384 cases in Ontario. Of those 17,898 are listed as resolved. There are currently 3,567 active cases. There were only 5,813 tests done in the 24-hour period prior to the report.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 18, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 23,384 N/A
Change from previous report 427 1.9% increase
Subset of cases that are reported to be long-term care residents2,3,4 4,235 18.1
Change from previous report N/A N/A
Subset of cases that are reported as a health care worker3,4,5 associated with long-term care outbreaks 1,456 6.2
Change from previous report N/A N/A
Resolved6 17,898 76.5
Total number of deaths7 1,919 8.2
Deaths7 reported for residents in long-term care homes3,4,5 1,115 58.1
Deaths7 reported for health care workers4,5,6 in long-term care homes 3 0.2
Demographics
Male 9,919 42.4
Female 13,294 56.9
19 and under 668 2.9
20-39 5,707 24.4
40-59 7,155 30.6
60-79 4,923 21.1
80 and over 4,916 21.0
Testing
Total tests completed8 559,794 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day9 5,813 N/A
Currently under investigation10 2,294 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-1911 987 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 with COVID-19 167 N/A
Number of patients currently in ICU12 on a ventilator with COVID-19 123 N/A
Long-Term Care 13, 14, 15, 16
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 190 220
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2538 4235
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1615 1456
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1408 1115
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths 5 <5

Province confirms 341 new COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths on Friday - May 15 11:08 a.m.

The daily number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario jumped back into the 300S on Friday. The province reported 341 new cases. The province also says that due to a glitch, Thursday's numbers were under-reported, so there were actually 345 new cases that day, instead of the reported 258. The new total of cases in the province is 21,922, including 1,825 deaths and 16,641 cases that have been resolved. The adjusted numbers mean that the growth rate of new cases has been a steady 1.6 per cent over the past three days. To date there have been 21,922 cases in Ontario, but not all of those cases are active. There are only 3,456 active cases in the province. The number of resolved cases rose by 437 to 16,641 which represents nearly 76 per cent of all cases. The number of deaths increased by 27 to 1,825. During the previous day before the latest report 18,354 tested were conducted with a 2.3 per cent positivity rate.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 14, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 21,922 N/A
Change from previous report 428 2.0% increase
Resolved2 16,641 75.9
Deceased3 1,825 8.3
Demographics
Male 9,225 42.1
Female 12,533 57.2
19 and under 601 2.7
20-39 5,251 24.0
40-59 6,693 30.5
60-79 4,659 21.3
80 and over 4,702 21.4
Testing
Total tests completed4 510,841 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 18,354 N/A
Currently under investigation6 14,373 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 986 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 179 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 135 N/A
Long-Term Care 9, 10, 11, 12
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 186 263
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2429 2953
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1647 1580
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1320 823
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths 5 <5

Province says stage one of reopening starts Tuesday, some things such as golf courses to open Saturday - May 14 2:08 p.m.

The province is announcing more details of their reopening plan and says stage one will begin on Tuesday, while a few things will be allowed to open as early as Saturday, in time for the long weekend. As early as Saturday, golf courses and driving ranges will be able to open, however, clubhouses can only open for washroom access or for take-out service at restaurants. Private parks and campgrounds will also be allowed to open, in order to start prepping for the season, as well as to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract. Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches may open for recreational use and businesses that board animals, like stables, will be allowed to accept visitors again. On Tuesday, stage one begins as many retail stores will be allowed to reopen, as long as they have separate street-front entrances and can implement measures to enable physical distancing. This means shopping malls will stay shut down for the time being. Also on Tuesday, pet groomers will be allowed to start up, along with other animal services like training and regular vet appointments. Indoor and outdoor household services will be allowed to get going as long as they follow all public health guidelines. This includes things like housekeepers, cooks, painters, cleaning or repair services and pool maintenance. Construction will be able to start up on Tuesday, as the essential workplace limits are lifted for that industry. In addition, seasonal businesses and recreational activities for individual or single competitors will be allowed to start up. That means things like training and sport competitions conducted by a recognized national or provincial sport organization. This also includes indoor and outdoor non-team sport competitions that can be played while maintaining physical distancing and without spectators, such as tennis, track and field, gymnastics, figure skating and horse racing. Some medical services will be allowed to start again, including in-person counselling and scheduled surgeries. This includes psychology or addictions counselling. Despite the easing of restrictions, the province is encouraging people to continue working from home as much as possible. "During the last several weeks, the people of Ontario have been called on to make incredible sacrifices to help us stop the spread of COVID-19, including staying home from work, closing down businesses and going without a regular paycheque," said Premier Doug Ford. "However, we are reopening even more of our businesses beginning this long weekend. We are taking a cautious, balanced approach to our economic reopening, to protect the health and safety of everyone." The province also says it will be providing an update on school closures and child care early next week. If you have questions about what will be open or how this impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. "We are taking a cautious, practical and reasonable approach to restarting the economy, while maintaining the health and safety of the people of Ontario as our top priority," said Finance Minister Rod Phillips. "This will allow Ontario to emerge from this outbreak with a clear path to economic recovery that keeps people safe and healthy."

Province reports 258 new COVID-19 cases and 33 more deaths Thursday - May 14 11:08 a.m.

On Thursday, 258 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Ontario. That is the lowest number of new daily cases since the end of March. To date there have been 21,494 cases in the province. However, not all of those cases are active. The number of resolved cases is 16,204 which is more than 75 per cent of all cases. The number of deaths rose by 33 to 1,798. There are currently 3,492 active cases in Ontario. In day before Thursday's report 17,429 tests were conducted and only about 1.5 per cent of those came back positive. There are more tests still under investigation, with 17,578 yet to render results.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 13, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 21,494 N/A
Change from previous report 258 1.2% increase
Resolved2 16,204 75.4
Deceased3 1,798 8.4
Demographics
Male 9,037 42.0
Female 12,297 57.2
19 and under 592 2.8
20-39 5,118 23.8
40-59 6,548 30.5
60-79 4,589 21.4
80 and over 4,632 21.6
Testing
Total tests completed4 492,487 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 17,429 N/A
Currently under investigation6 17,578 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 1,026 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 184 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 141 N/A
Long-Term Care 9, 10, 11, 12
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 185 254
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2501 2879
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1668 1564
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1308 814
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths 5 <5
 

Province reports 329 new COVID-19 cases and 40 more deaths on Wednesday - May 13 10:57 a.m.

The daily number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario remained in the 300s on Wednesday. The province confirmed 329 new cases. They also announced 40 more deaths bringing the death toll in Ontario to 1,765. To date there have been 21,236 cases in the province, but not all of those cases are still active. The number of resolved cases rose by 454 to 15,845. That means nearly 75 per cent of the province's cases are resolved. There are currently 3,626 active cases in Ontario. During the previous day 15,137 tests were conducted and approximately 2.1 per cent of those came back positive. There are still 13,395 tests under investigation.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 12, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 21,236 N/A
Change from previous report 329 1.6% increase
Resolved2 15,845 74.6
Deceased3 1,765 8.3
Demographics
Male 8,923 42.0
Female 12,155 57.2
19 and under 571 2.7
20-39 5,045 23.8
40-59 6,481 30.5
60-79 4,544 21.4
80 and over 4,581 21.6
Testing
Total tests completed4 475,058 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 15,137 N/A
Currently under investigation6 13,395 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 1,018 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 189 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 144 N/A
Long-Term Care 9, 10, 11, 12
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 180 256
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2690 2982
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1672 1561
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1269 814
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths <5 <5

Norfolk CAO pushing back against social media posts accusing health officials of racism - May 12 11:05 a.m.

Norfolk County CAO Jason Burgess is speaking out after seeing some misleading social media posts, accusing local health officials of racism toward migrant workers. Burgess says the posts are leading some people to believe the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is making ID cards "mandatory" for incoming migrant workers this season. Although the Health Unit did provide migrant workers with blank cards, the workers aren't required to carry or even fill out the cards. He says the blank IDs are meant to help farmers and workers keep critical information handy, especially since some could be quarantined away from the farm. ​Some farmers don't know the names of specific workers who are coming to work for them, Burgess adds. Far from racism, Burgess says the cards only have spaces for the worker's name, arrival date and the contact information for their temporary employer. He also says the hateful language on display in these posts cross the line. According to Burgess, these posts even go as far as comparing local health officials to the Nazi regime. He says these kind of baseless accusations are "completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated." Burgess suspects farmers themselves could be behind the posts. Specifically, he thinks they could've been written by someone who isn't happy with the Health Unit's recent limits around the number of migrant workers self-isolating in one place. He says farmers can no longer make full use of 'bunkhouses' that are designed to house large groups of workers at one time and some people have called to complain. Although anyone has the right to appeal a Health Unit decision, Burgess says calling Medical Officer of Health Dr. Shanker Nesathurai 'racist' goes "beyond the pale."​ He adds that all the complaints he's received about the migrant worker limits are about money, not the health and safety of workers or farmers.

Province confirms 361 new COVID-19 cases and 56 more deaths on Tuesday - May 12 10:43 a.m.

The number of new COVID-19 cases rose by 361 in Ontario on Tuesday. The province also reported 56 more deaths bringing the total number of deaths to 1,725. There are 20,907 confirmed cases in Ontario to date, but not all of those are active. The number of resolved cases rose by 260 to 15,391. There are 3,791 active cases in Ontario. Testing was down in the newest report with only 11,957 tests done in the 24-hours prior to the release of the latest numbers. It means the positivity rate was approximately 3.02 per cent, but there are also 10,811 still under investigation. It's the first time in five days the rate has been above three per cent.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 11, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 20,907 N/A
Change from previous report 361 1.8% increase
Resolved2 15,391 73.6
Deceased3 1,725 8.3
Demographics
Male 8,776 42.0
Female 11,971 57.3
19 and under 552 2.6
20-39 4,952 23.7
40-59 6,392 30.6
60-79 4,489 21.5
80 and over 4,508 21.6
Testing
Total tests completed4 459,921 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 11,957 N/A
Currently under investigation6 10,811 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 1,025 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 192 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 146 N/A
Long-Term Care 9, 10, 11, 12
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 180 249
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2703 2972
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1677 1558
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1239 812
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths <5 <5

Province reports 308 new COVID-19 cases and 35 more deaths Monday - May 11 10:49 a.m.

On Monday, the province confirmed 308 new COVID-19 cases. That brings the total number of cases in Ontario to 20,546. However, not all of those cases are active. About 73 per cent or 15,131 cases are listed as resolved. Another 35 people have died bringing the death toll to 1,669. There are currently 3,746 active cases in the province. The previous day before Monday's report 13,970 tests were conducted. The positivity rate of those tests was approximately 2.2 per cent, but there are still 9,018 tests still under investigation.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 10, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 20,546 N/A
Change from previous report 308 1.5% increase
Resolved2 15,131 73.6
Deceased3 1,669 8.1
Demographics
Male 8,615 41.9
Female 11,768 57.3
19 and under 538 2.6
20-39 4,857 23.6
40-59 6,287 30.6
60-79 4,411 21.5
80 and over 4,439 21.6
Testing
Total tests completed4 447,964 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 13,970 N/A
Currently under investigation6 9,018 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 1027 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 194 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 147 N/A
Long-Term Care 9, 10, 11, 12
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 174 245
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2725 2895
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1691 1530
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1235 796
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths <5 <5
   

Province reports 477 new COVID-19 cases and 63 more deaths - May 8 11:04 a.m.

On Friday, the province confirmed 477 new COVID-19 cases. They also announced 63 more deaths brining the death toll in Ontario from the virus to 1,540. The total number of cases reported in the province is 19,598, but 71 per cent of those cases are now resolved. There were 16,295 new tests in the latest report which makes the positivity rate (new cases/new tests) around 2.93 per cent.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 7, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 19,598 N/A
Change from previous report 477 2.5% increase
Resolved2 13,990 71.4
Deceased3 1,540 7.9
Demographics
Male 8,213 41.9
Female 11,222 57.3
19 and under 504 2.6
20-39 4,602 23.5
40-59 5,972 30.5
60-79 4,254 21.7
80 and over 4,254 21.7
Testing
Total tests completed4 397,149 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 16,295 N/A
Currently under investigation6 14,641 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 1028 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 213 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 166 N/A
Long-Term Care 9, 10, 11, 12
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 175 234
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2782 2783
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1707 1398
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1150 720
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths <5 <5

Province confirms 412 new COVID-19 cases and 68 more deaths on Wednesday - May 6 10:53 a.m.

On Wednesday, the province reported 412 new COVID-19 cases. They also reported 68 more deaths bringing the total in Ontario to 1,429. As of Wednesday, 18, 722 cases have been reported, but 13,222 or 70.6 per cent of those are now resolved. There were also 12,961 new tests done in the 24-hours before the latest update which means about 3.18 per cent of the tests came back positive. The province has been calling on 16,000 tests to be done each day which hasn't been the case since Sunday's report.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 5, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 18,722 N/A
Change from previous report 412 2.3% increase
Resolved2 13,222 70.6
Deceased3 1,429 7.6
Demographics
Male 7,824 41.8
Female 10,732 57.3
19 and under 473 2.5
20-39 4,379 23.4
40-59 5,652 30.2
60-79 4,089 21.8
80 and over 4,116 22.0
Testing
Total tests completed4 365,675 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 12,961 N/A
Currently under investigation6 8,790 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 1032 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 219 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 174 N/A
Long-Term Care 9, 10, 11, 12
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 174 223
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2819 2576
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1621 1293
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1074 653
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths <5 <5

Province confirms 387 new COVID-19 cases and 61 more deaths on Tuesday - May 5 10:44 a.m.

The province reported new 387 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. This is the second day in a row that the number of new cases has been in the 300s. Another 61 deaths were announced bringing the death toll to 1,361. The total number of cases in Ontario is 18,310, but 12,779 of those cases are resolved. The province also announced 10,654 new tests in the report. It means about 3.63 per cent of the tests came back positive.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 4, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 18,310 N/A
Change from previous report 387 2.2% increase
Resolved2 12,779 69.8
Deceased3 1,361 7.4
Demographics
Male 7,629 41.7
Female 10,521 57.5
19 and under 451 2.5
20-39 4,257 23.2
40-59 5,528 30.2
60-79 4,012 22.1
80 and over 4,051 22.2
Testing
Total tests completed4 352,714 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 10,654 N/A
Currently under investigation6 6,023 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 1 043 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 223 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 166 N/A
Long-Term Care 9, 10, 11, 12
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 175 218
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2740 2707
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1613 1340
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 1003 697
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths <5 <5
   

Province reports 370 new COVID-19 cases and 84 more deaths on Monday - May 4 10:43 a.m.

On Monday, the province confirmed new 370 COVID-19 cases. That brings the total in Ontario to 17, 923. The number of deaths from the virus rose by 84 to 1,300. Another 500 cases are listed as resolved bringing that total to 12,505. That means 69 per cent of all of the cases in Ontario are now resolved. There were 14,555 new tests performed in the report which means about 2.54 per cent of the new tests were positive.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to May 3, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 17,923 N/A
Change from previous report 370 2.1% increase
Resolved2 12,505 69.8
Deceased3 1,300 7.3
Demographics
Male 7,453 41.6
Female 10,312 57.5
19 and under 431 2.4
20-39 4,156 23.2
40-59 5,403 30.1
60-79 3,939 22.0
80 and over 3,984 22.2
Testing
Total tests completed4 342,060 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 14,555 N/A
Currently under investigation6 6,265 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 984 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 225 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 175 N/A
Long-Term Care 9, 10, 11, 12
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 175 212
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2751 2564
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1619 1274
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 972 626
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths <5 <5

Province reports 421 new COVID-19 cases and 39 more deaths on Friday - May 1 11:03 a.m.

On Friday, the province confirmed 421 new COVID-19 cases. That brings the total in the province to 16,608. Another 39 deaths were announced bringing the death toll to 1,121. The number of resolved cases rose by 620 to 10,825. That means more than 65 per cent of people with the virus have recovered. The number of tests conducted in the 24-hours prior to the report hit an all time record high. The province did 16,532 tests. It means just 2.55 per cent of these test came back positive.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 30, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 16,608 N/A
Change from previous report 421 2.6% increase
Resolved2 10,825 65.2
Deceased3 1,121 6.7
Demographics
Male 6,917 41.6
Female 9,538 57.4
19 and under 384 2.3
20-39 3,786 22.8
40-59 5,004 30.1
60-79 3,673 22.1
80 and over 3,753 22.6
Testing
Total tests completed4 294,054 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 16,532 N/A
Currently under investigation6 11,975 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 1017 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 225 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 175 N/A
Long-Term Care 9, 10, 11, 12
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 166 198
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2722 2455
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1482 1187
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 861 541
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths <5 <5
 

Province reports 459 new COVID-19 cases and 86 more deaths on Thursday - April 11:53 a.m.

A new grim record was set in Ontario on Thursday. The province announced another 86 COVID-19 related deaths which is the highest one-day increase since the outbreak began. There have now been 1,082 deaths related to the virus in Ontario. There were 459 new cases reported for a total of 16,187. These new numbers were from a record high number of tests in one day. There were 12,928 tests done in the 24-hours prior to the results being tallied. The number of resolved cases rose by 593 to 10,205.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 29, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 16,187 N/A
Change from previous report 459 2.9% increase
Resolved2 10,205 63.0
Deceased3 1,082 6.3
Demographics
Male 6,754 41.7
Female 9,280 57.3
19 and under 371 2.3
20-39 3,693 22.8
40-59 4,871 30.1
60-79 3,581 22.1
80 and over 3,664 22.6
Testing
Total tests completed4 277,522 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 12,928 N/A
Currently under investigation6 11,859 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 999 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 233 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 181 N/A
Long-Term Care 9, 10, 11, 12
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 163 190
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2614 2385
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1430 1148
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 835 530
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths <5 <5

Statement from Haldimand's Mayor and Council - April 29 3.02 p.m.

Over the past few weeks you have heard about all the things you can’t do and when you turn on the news it’s either been about some new government funding plan or as just recently been told that there is a roadmap, not a timetable, but a roadmap. Like you, I wanted to hear more positive news. We all want to feel validated for our efforts to date. I know that it is frustrating as we have been at this now for just over 6 weeks and it likely seems like a lot longer than that. I too, was hoping to hear more as we all see other parts of the world starting to open and it is hard to hear that we are not there yet. I do however appreciate that we must get it right, while we cannot afford to prolong this phase we are in with no one working; getting hit with a second wave would be much more catastrophic. I do believe that the approach taken will be more lasting and will get us stronger and better results than some of the other areas North and South. We all want the same things, to get back to daily work, be with our families, be with our friends, and to enjoy what many of us love to do, take the best of our summers. I know that you want to get out and fish, get out on a trail, get out just for the sake of getting out. Remember the initial directive by both the PM and the Premier. STAY HOME. That directive has not changed. Over the past several weeks there has been plenty of debate on what we can and cannot do. I agree with every argument that has been put forth that supports why you should be able to get out of your house for whatever the reason may be. I also know that from the historical statistics from our CMO and what he has been able to share with us. The more you go out into the public, the more likelihood that the pandemic is prolonged. It’s our call. Actually its not, its our obligation to be considerate and respect the orders from both the Province and the CMO. The philosophy behind trails and fishing. Both very good conversations and with nothing being normal today, the views on them are just the same. What led to the closure of boat ramps? I have a letter from Premier Ford that specifically states that boat ramps and marinas are to be closed except for commercial fishing and for those requiring access to private residence. Specifically says that they are not to be open for recreational fishing. When asked when we will the ramps open, it will be when the Province says to open them. I can assure you that both Mayor Chopp and I believe that they should be open in a safe manner so that boaters can get out on the water. We will await for the Province. Why can we not simply fish on the banks of the river or a the dam? The Chief Medical Officer made the call to close the public spaces and trails which went beyond what the Provincial order stated and this was the Public Health decision to do so. While I struggled at the time with this decision I do appreciate his reasons for the decision because he did not want people coming to H-N for non-essential reasons. Yes that means no fishing at the dam, that means no hiking down the trails. Unfortunately in an effort to prevent those from outside coming here, it catches those that are living within the community as well. So the reasons for not fishing or walking on a trail are not some well thought up conspiracy but were an effort to protect the community from our public health perspective. Every other argument you can make is a moot point. It does not matter if you believe you have the right to fish or not, or to hike or not. Hang in there as I am confident that ramps will be open soon. In a pandemic the public health directives far outweigh what any one person thinks or believes what their rights are. Asking everyone to make some small sacrifices so that not just a few can enjoy their vices but everyone can reap the rewards of our collective efforts is the goal of the public health and ours as a County. Please understand that this information is difficult to report. There is nothing political about it. Telling people what they cannot or can do is not easy, all politicians are listening to our medial officers giving us the best advice to fight this virus. We are used to telling people why coming to H-N is so great and today we are telling them to stay away. Goes against everything we normally stand for. It is our duty to protect those that cannot protect themselves and it our responsibility as citizens to honour and respect those that are fighting on the frontlines for the lives of our neighbours. We need to continue to do our part. With the encouragement of both myself and Mayor Chopp, H-N staff and the public heath unit are working together to begin the process on how to open the trails in an effective and protective way so that our, (particularly our residents), can get out and enjoy the trails and gain that much needed physical and mental exercise and also some of that vitamin C that we all so long for. The weather is breaking and we are hoping that we can all work together to practice social distancing, respect each other and be sure that we are all doing our part to flatten and kill this virus. We are working together to do this and our hope is that those from outside of the communities will stay there and that they will not come and invade the space that right now is for the benefit of us locals. With the possibility of trails and parks opening, it is still with the intent that you remain local. We will be asking residents to not travel to their favourite location or park, but to simply stay within their jurisdiction and be sure that there is plenty of distancing where they choose to go. It will be monitored that these places are not met for congregation or picnics but for walking and exercise. I know that I should not state the obvious but believe it or not we actually have had a few attempt at family picnics in the parks. Car washes? As a local businessman, I see every business as essential. Essential in providing an income for that family, essential for employing one or more employees. Today that is never more important. As a municipality we should have never been put in the position of choosing winners and losers in this and that is what has happened. While it is important that we follow the Provincial orders, there are certain instances where the order is not very clear. Car washes are one of them. With no assistance from our local MPP and direction, both Mayor Chopp and I have been working with staff and the health unit in an effort to help these car washes open rather than be closed. I know that it is has caused some confusion, and I have asked for some patience. If the orders from the PROVINCE were clearer we would not be wasting time trying to determine for our valued businesses what fits and what does not. In the end, if we can help save some businesses in all of this, I would rather do that than simply be taking the easy route and leaving them to flounder. Farmers markets are another example where we have asked for the operators to put forth a safety plan to the public health unit whereby they can open and operate with the public’s protection in mind. It is our goal to support their efforts with the health unit and our hope that they will be open shortly. Haldimand County is currently developing an economic recovery response plan to help our local economy. Any assistance we can provide our business to hit the ground running is crucial. When the Ford government puts dates on the roadmap, we know that how business is run will be very different. The communities that are best prepared are the ones that will recover the quickest and Haldimand is and will be poised to be there. Currently we are prioritizing and working hard to get our capital projects ready for tendering/ construction in recognition that the construction sector will be a primary economic driver. The 2020 capital budget was set at $37.1 million. We are also preparing ourselves to respond to the stimulus packages that will be coming from the Province and the Federal government. These infrastructure programs will be significant to stimulate the economy but also hello us achieve the funding for the many projects that will enhance and strengthen our County for future growth. In this time we are working with both private and public sectors in getting planning approvals, site plans, getting key infrastructure installed in the least disruptive way to the local community. Staff are working with key stakeholders in defining a strategy that will help businesses recover. As Mayor, and through our business development committee, I will be reaching out to them as well for further input and advise on key practices and steps to recovery. Again, I cannot reiterate more how important it is that we all work together to achieve success and ask that you appreciate that we are all trying to find our way through this and along the way there will be bumps in the road and lessons learned, but every decision is done with the best of interests in mind. “This journey, just like the one you’re on, is all trial and error. We learn as we go, make mistakes along the way and pray we learn form them.“ —Humble the Poet Stay Safe

Haldimand paramedics remind public about COVID-19 protocols - April 29 11:05 a.m.

Most people expect instantaneous entry into the home when they call 911. However, Haldimand's Manager of Emergency Services, says COVID-19 protocol adds an extra two to four minutes. Jason Gallagher says paramedics conduct two metre assessments of patients first. They may also wear personal protective equipment and possibly a respirator. They'll also place a surgical mask on the patient.

Province confirms 347 new COVID-19 cases and 45 more deaths on Wednesday - April 29 11:02 a.m.

On Wednesday, the province reported 347 new COVID-19 cases. A sharp decline from the 525 new cases confirmed on Tuesday. This is the first time the number of daily cases has been in the 300s since April 7. The total number of cases in Ontario is now 15, 728. Forty-five more deaths were also reported Wednesday for a total of 996. The number of resolved cases jumped by 702 to 9,612. That means more than 60 per cent of people who had the virus have now recovered. There were 11,554 tests performed in the 24-hours prior to the latest numbers which means just three per cent came back positive.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 28, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 15,728 N/A
Change from previous report 347 2.3% increase
Resolved2 9,612 61.1
Deceased3 996 6.3
Demographics
Male 6,546 41.6
Female 9,041 57.5
19 and under 363 2.3
20-39 3,583 22.8
40-59 4,725 30.0
60-79 3,486 22.2
80 and over 3,564 22.7
Testing
Total tests completed4 264,594 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 11,554 N/A
Currently under investigation6 9,530 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 977 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 235 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 186 N/A
Long-Term Care 9, 10, 11, 12
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 159 181
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2632 2352
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1361 1108
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 775 521
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths <5 <5

Internal error shows wrong number of COVID-19 deaths in Haldimand-Norfolk - April 28

Thanks to an internal coding error, fewer people are actually listed as having died of COVID-19 in Haldimand Norfolk, than on Monday. The number has been revised to 30, down from 33. Most of the 27 who died were at Anson Place Long Term Care in Hagersville. That's unchanged since last week.

Province records 525 new COVID-19 cases and 59 more deaths on Tuesday - April 28

On Tuesday, the province confirmed 525 new COVID-19 cases. That brings the total in Ontario to 15,381. Another 59 more deaths were reported for a total of 951. The number of resolved cases rose by 439 to 8,964. That means more than 58 per cent of people who have had the virus have now recovered.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 27, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 15,381 N/A
Change from previous report 525 3.5% increase
Resolved2 8,964 58.3
Deceased3 951 6.2
Demographics
Male 6,392 41.6
Female 8,848 57.5
19 and under 346 2.2
20-39 3,521 22.9
40-59 4,644 30.2
60-79 3,420 22.2
80 and over 3,443 22.4
Testing
Total tests completed4 253,040 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 10,852 N/A
Currently under investigation6 6,282 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 957 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 239 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 187 N/A
Long-Term Care 9, 10, 11, 12
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 154 176
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2491 2240
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1205 1033
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 705 476
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths <5 <5

Province reports 424 new COVID-19 cases and 57 more deaths Monday - April 27 10:47 a.m.

On Monday, the province confirmed 424 new COVID-19 cases. This is the lowest single day increase since Easter Monday. The total number of cases in Ontario is now 14,856. Another 57 deaths were announced bringing the total to 892. The number of resolved cases continues to jump up as well. There are 525 new cases listed as resolved for a total of 8,525. Of those infected 57.4 per cent have recovered. There were 12,550 new tests performed in the 24-hour period before this report which means 3.38 per cent of those tests came back positive.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 26, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 14,856 N/A
Change from previous report 424 2.9% increase
Resolved2 8,525 57.4
Deceased3 892 6.0
Demographics
Male 6,168 41.5
Female 8,548 57.5
19 and under 326 2.2
20-39 3,398 22.9
40-59 4,504 30.3
60-79 3,302 22.2
80 and over 3,318 22.3
Testing
Total tests completed4 242,188 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 12,550 N/A
Currently under investigation6 5,001 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 945 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 241 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 191 N/A
Long-Term Care 9, 10, 11, 12
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 150 170
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2523 2346
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1187 1101
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 671 497
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths <5 <5

Six Nations sees new cases even as it appears the curve is flattening - April 24 10:54 a.m.

They're hoping it's just a small blip. Six Nations Health Services says their COVID-19 curve was flattening, but two new cases have been confirmed. As of Friday, 282 have been tested and one person has died of the virus in the territory Health Services Director, Lori Davis Hill, says the 11 confirmed cases, are not an accurate snapshot and more people should be tested.

COVID-19 death toll in Haldimand-Norfolk rises to 32 - April 24 10:52 a.m.

Public health says 32 people have died of COVID-19 in Haldimand-Norfolk as of Friday. We know at least 27 were at Anson Place long term care in Hagersville. The virus also left them severely short staffed. But the home's, Lisa Roth says an extra eight staffers from the local health integrated network were slated to arrive soon.

Province reports 640 new COVID-19 cases and 50 more deaths on Friday - April 24 10:49 a.m.

On Friday, the province reported 640 new COVID-19 cases. This again set a new record for increases in one day. The total number of cases in Ontario now stands at 13,519. Another 50 deaths were confirmed bringing that total to 763. The number of people who have recovered from the virus rose by 407 to 7,087.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 23, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 13,519 N/A
Change from previous report 640 5.0% increase
Resolved2 7,087 52.4
Deceased3 763 5.6
Demographics
Male 5,640 41.7
Female 7,737 57.2
19 and under 292 2.2
20-39 3,052 22.6
40-59 4,108 30.4
60-79 3,029 22.4
80 and over 3,029 22.4
Testing
Total tests completed4 207,040 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 12,295 N/A
Currently under investigation6 5,414 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 910 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 243 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 193 N/A
Long-Term Care 9, 10, 11, 12
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 131 143
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2287 2166
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1089 915
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 573 463
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths <5 <5

Haldimand collecting iPad to connect seniors with their loved ones - April 23 2:30 p.m.

Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt has an exciting idea to replace his charity gala, that was cancelled because of COVID -19. It's a drive to collect IPads for area seniors homes, so loved ones can communicate. He's gathered 50 so far and he's reached out to Apple Canada for more. Hewitt says his gala sponsors stepped up to help.

Survey shows 40 per cent of Grand Erie workers out of work - April 23 2:28 p.m.

A new survey shows COVID-19 has thrown 40 percent of Grand Erie workers out of a job. Five percent of the jobs are gone for good. The biggest hits came in sectors including food, accommodation and retail. The survey by he Workforce planning board of Grand Erie is aimed at gauging where support is needed most.

Province confirms 634 new COVID-19 cases and 54 more deaths on Thursday - April 23 10:51 a.m

The province announced another 634 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. That brings the provincial total to 12,879. Another 54 deaths were also confirmed which means 713 people in Ontario have died of the virus. The number of resolved cases rose by 459 to 6,680.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 22, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 12,879 N/A
Change from previous report 634 5.2% increase
Resolved2 6,680 51.9
Deceased3 713 5.5
Demographics
Male 5,408 42.0
Female 7,342 57.0
19 and under 284 2.2
20-39 2,914 22.6
40-59 3,945 30.6
60-79 2,909 22.6
80 and over 2,816 21.9
Testing
Total tests completed4 194,745 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 10,214 N/A
Currently under investigation6 6,757 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 887 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 233 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 185 N/A
Long-Term Care 9, 10, 11, 12
Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS)
Outbreaks in LTC Homes 132 135
Confirmed Cases for LTC Residents 2,189 1,933
Confirmed Cases for LTC Staff 1,058 889
Total confirmed LTC resident deaths 516 358
Total confirmed LTC staff deaths <5 <5

Statement from Haldimand-Norfolk Medical Officer of Health on latest COVID-19 modelling numbers - April 22 12:36 a.m.

The Haldimand-Norfolk Medical Officer of Health has a warning, after provincial modelling suggested we might have reached the peak of COVID-19 cases. Shankar Nesathurai says it doesn't mean the battle is over. He says we still need to remember; no non-essential travel outside the home, no gathering in groups, don't visit seniors and wash your hands often with soap and water.

More COVID-19 deaths reported at Anson Place - April 22 10:52 a.m.

The number of deaths at Anson Place long term care in Hagersville has risen to 25. Executive Director Lisa Roth says public health hasn't clarified if the latest death is due to COVID-19, but the other 24 are. Meantime, there are 167 positive cases in Haldimand and Norfolk, 36 people have recovered and 686 people have tested negative.

Province reports 510 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and 37 more deaths - April 22 10:41 a.m.

On, Wednesday the province announced 510 new COVID-19 cases. That brings the total in Ontario to 12,245. Another 37 deaths were reported for a total of 659. They say 295 deaths of those deaths were reported among residents/patients in long-term care homes. The number of resolved cases rose by 415 for a total of 6,221. Those new numbers mean more than 50 per cent of people with the virus have recovered. The latest numbers also added more than 10,000 tests done in the 24-hour span prior to the report.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 21, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 12,245 N/A
Change from previous report 510 4.3% increase
Resolved2 6,221 50.8
Deceased3 659 5.4
Demographics
Male 5,169 42.2
Female 6,952 56.8
19 and under 270 2.2
20-39 2,781 22.7
40-59 3,798 31.0
60-79 2,778 22.7
80 and over 2,609 21.3
Testing
Total tests completed4 184,531 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 10,361 N/A
Currently under investigation6 6,845 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 878 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 243 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 192 N/A

Sidewalks on Argyle bridge are now one way only - April 21 12:47 p.m.

Social distancing rules are now in effect on Caledonia's Argyle bridge . Signs are in place to indicate sidewalks on each side of the bridge, are now one way only. Meantime, Haldimand Councillor Dan Lawrence says preliminary work to make way for a much needed new bridge, is still slated for August.

Anson Place in Hagersville is hiring - April 21 12:45 p.m.

If you're under 50 and healthy, Anson Place in Hagersville wants your help. A number of staff have tested positive at the home, where 24 people have died of COVID -19. An urgent plea is out for workers. Its a community service opportunity, but a paid one. Click here to find out more.

Province confirms 551 new COVID-19 cases and 38 more deaths on Tuesday - April 21 12:40 p.m.

Another 551 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Ontario on Tuesday. The total number of cases in the province is now 11,735. Along with the new cases they also reported 38 more deaths for a total of 622. The number of resolved cases rose by 291 to 5,806.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 20, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 11,735 N/A
Change from previous report 551 4.9% increase
Resolved2 5,806 49.5
Deceased3 622 5.3
Demographics
Male 4,955 42.2
Female 6,663 56.8
19 and under 260 2.2
20-39 2,657 22.6
40-59 3,665 31.2
60-79 2,687 22.9
80 and over 2,457 20.9
Testing
Total tests completed4 174,170 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 9,330 N/A
Currently under investigation6 5,546 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 859 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 250 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 194 N/A

Province reports 606 new cases of COVID-19 and 31 more deaths on Monday - April 20 10:40 a.m.

On Monday, the province reported 606 new COVID-19 cases. That's the highest single day increase since the outbreak began in Ontario. It brings the total number of cases in the province to 11,184. Another 31 deaths were also announced for a new total of 584. The number of people listed as recovered rose by 306 to 5,515. There were 8,743 tests conducted on Sunday.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 19, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 11,184 N/A
Change from previous report 606 5.7% increase
Resolved2 5,515 49.3
Deceased3 584 5.2
Demographics
Male 4,728 42.3
Female 6,354 56.8
19 and under 248 2.2
20-39 2,525 22.6
40-59 3,502 31.3
60-79 2,580 23.1
80 and over 2,312 20.7
Testing
Total tests completed4 164,840 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 8,743 N/A
Currently under investigation6 3,799 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 802 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 247 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 193 N/A

Province reports 564 new COVID-19 cases and 55 more deaths on Friday - April 17 11:07 a.m.

The number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths hit a grim record in Ontario on Friday. The province is reporting 564 new cases which is the highest single day increase. The total number of cases in Ontario is 9,525. The number of deaths rose by 55 which is also the highest single day increases. There have now been 478 deaths linked to the virus in the province. The new numbers are the results of another 8,899 tests. On a positive note the number of resolved cases increased by 362 to 4,556.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 16, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 9,525 N/A
Change from previous report 564 6.3% increase
Resolved2 4,556 47.8
Deceased3 478 5.0
Demographics
Male 4,074 42.8
Female 5,380 56.5
19 and under 210 2.2
20-39 2,164 22.7
40-59 3,067 32.2
60-79 2,214 23.2
80 and over 1,864 19.6
Testing
Total tests completed4 136,992 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day5 8,899 N/A
Currently under investigation6 5,993 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-197 829 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 with COVID-19 245 N/A
Number of patients in ICU8 on a ventilator with COVID-19 200 N/A

There are 151 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Haldimand-Norfolk - April 15 12:43 p.m.

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has reported 151 cases of COVID-19. Sixteen of those people who tested positive have now recovered. Twenty-two people have died of the virus, including 19 at the Anson Place long-term care home in Hagersville. More than 73 patients and 31 staff members there have also tested positive.

Haldimand county urging fire safety during COVID-19 outbreak - April 15 12:10 p.m.

Along with hand washing and social distancing, Haldimand's Fire Chief wants you to remember fire safety at home. Chief Jason Gallagher says, make sure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working. He says if you do need to call them, you'll be asked mandatory screening questions first and they're only responding to critical calls.

Province confirms 494 new COVID-19 cases and 51 more deaths on Wednesday - April 15 11:03 a.m.

On Wednesday, the province reported 494 new COVID-19 cases. That brings the total in the province to 8,447. They also announced 51 more deaths which is the highest amount in one day. To date 385 people have died of the virus in Ontario. The number of resolved cases rose by 334 to 3,902.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 14, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 8,447 N/A
Change from previous report 494 6.2% increase
Resolved2 3,902 46.2
Deceased3 385 4.6
Demographics
Male 3,679 43.6
Female 4,720 55.9
19 and under 192 2.3
20-39 1,997 23.6
40-59 2,794 33.1
60-79 1,989 23.5
80 and over 1,470 17.4
Testing
Total tests completed4 119,092 N/A
Total tests completed in the previous day 6,010 N/A
Currently under investigation5 4,429 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-196 795 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 with COVID-19 254 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 on a ventilator with COVID-19 188 N/A

Province reports 483 new COVID-19 cases and 43 more deaths on Tuesday - April 14 10:43 a.m.

The province confirmed 483 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. That brings the total in Ontario to 7,953. Another 43 deaths were reported bringing that total to 334. The number of resolved cases also rose by 211 to 3,568. So far the province has tested 113,082 people with 2,107 still under investigation.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 13, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 7,953 N/A
Change from previous report 483 6.5% increase
Resolved2 3,568 44.9
Deceased3 334 4.2
Demographics
Male 3,511 44.1
Female 4,393 55.2
19 and under 182 2.3
20-39 1,912 24.0
40-59 2,676 33.6
60-79 1,890 23.8
80 and over 1,287 16.2
Testing
Total Tested4 113,082 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 2,107 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-196 769 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 with COVID-19 255 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 on a ventilator with COVID-19 199 N/A
 

Feds giving farmers and food processors $50,000 to cover mandatory quarantine costs for foreign workers - April 13 2:47 p.m.

The federal government is providing $50-million to help farmers and food processors cover the costs of mandatory quarantine rules for foreign workers.
Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says the labour shortage on farms depends on foreign temporary workers.
"The production of food, particularly fresh fruits and vegetables relies on the contribution of experienced temporary foreign workers, right from planting season to harvest," shared Bibeau. "We count on them to fill our shelves."
However, rules designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 mean this year's incoming workers must quarantine for 14 days. Bibeau says employers will be given $1,500 per worker to help put quarantine measures in place.

Province confirms 421 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 more deaths on Monday - April 13 10:46 a.m.

The province reported 421 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. That brings the total in the province to 7,470. They also confirmed 17 more deaths bringing the total number of deaths in Ontario to 291. The number of resolved cases rose by 236 to 3,357. The province is reporting 108,230 tests have been done to date, 5,065 more than on Sunday.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 12, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 7,470 N/A
Change from previous report 421 6.0% increase
Resolved2 3,357 44.9
Deceased3 291 3.9
Demographics
Male 3,318 44.4
Female 4,109 55.0
19 and under 175 2.3
20-39 1,817 24.3
40-59 2,521 33.7
60-79 1,797 24.1
80 and over 1,154 15.4
Testing
Total Tested4 108,230 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 1,534 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-196 760 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 with COVID-19 263 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 on a ventilator with COVID-19 203 N/A
 

Province confirms 483 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and 26 more deaths - April 9 10:56 a.m.

The province reported 483 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday morning. The total number of cases in Ontario is now 5,759. The number of deaths also went up by 26 to 200.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 8, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 5,759 N/A
Change from previous report 483 9.2% increase
Resolved2 2,305 40.0
Deceased3 200 3.5
Demographics
Male 2,623 45.5
Female 3,101 53.8
19 and under 141 2.4
20-39 1,464 25.4
40-59 1,996 34.7
60-79 1,412 24.5
80 and over 740 12.8
Testing
Total Tested4 88,698 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 1,208 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-196 632 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 with COVID-19 264 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 on a ventilator with COVID-19 214 N/A

Six Nations reports first COVID-19 death

Six Nations Chief Mark Hill says the community is grieving after reporting it's first death due to COVID-19. The loss comes less than two weeks after the first positive case was confirmed there, on March 28. There are currently eight positive cases in the territory . The community is restricting access with barricades.

Haldimand Mayor's Charity Gala put on hold

The COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for putting another community event on hold in Haldimand. The Mayor's Ninth Annual Charity Gala set for May 22nd, has been postponed until November 6. The gala featuring David Wilcox, is to take place at Caledonia's Monthill Golf Club.

Province confirms 550 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and 21 more deaths - April 8 10:43 a.m.

The province hit a new dubious record for COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. They reported 550 new cases, which is the highest one-day jump since the outbreak began. There are now 5,276 cases in Ontario. They also confirmed 21 new deaths bringing that total to 174. The province says 84,601 tests have been done, up 5,805 tests from Tuesday. The number of resolved cases also jumped by 450 to 2,074.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 7, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 5,276 N/A
Change from previous report 550 11.6% increase
Resolved2 2,074 39.3
Deceased3 174 3.3
Demographics
Male 2,433 46.1
Female 2,810 53.3
19 and under 129 2.4
20-39 1,369 25.9
40-59 1,851 35.1
60-79 1,300 24.6
80 and over 624 11.8
Testing
Total Tested4 84,601 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 1,102 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-196 605 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 with COVID-19 246 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 on a ventilator with COVID-19 195 N/A

Statement from Haldimand Mayor and Council - April 7 3:46 p.m.

I continue to be asked why the CMO does not release the numbers within the communities. Interesting enough someone said they were a Norfolk tax payer and deserve to know how many and where in Norfolk. I cannot stress this point enough. The numbers you see today truly does not matter, the virus is here, it is already among us all. It’s in your community and so wondering if that positive test is there today or not is academic. Your daily behaviours should not be any different today, tomorrow or next week. What you are doing today is not going to change the number of already projected deaths, and projected positive cases. It is going to give our health care a fighting chance to save some lives and get this under control. I saw a clip on CTV the other day, a Toronto Dr. Samir Sinha said. “Right now, this is really the calm before the storm. If people think that what we’ve been doing so far is painful, and the deaths we’ve seen so far are really it, NO!” He wants the public to know that “this is not a drill. “We know that the numbers are showing that in two weeks, our hospitals will be full,” he said. “We know that thousands of Canadians will die. And I’m not saying could die, I’m saying will die. “And all of us as health-care professionals, we know that us at the frontlines are putting our lives at risk. We are prepared to do so, and I don’t say that lightly.” “Are we scared? Absolutely,” he said. “Is this stressful? Oh my god, I have never felt this level of stress in my life. And we’re willing to do this and we’re willing to stand strong, but it’s harder to stand strong when you don’t know that every other Canadian has your back. It’s time that we all take heed and stand behind these great people. To provide some clarity on things and please understand are very fluid and can change before I post this update. As of this moment, cottage owners, those that pay the property taxes may use their cottages as we legally cannot stop them from doing so. It would require a provincial order and that has not happened yet. It is my suggestion to those people that while we prefer them to stay at their main home, that they pick a place and stay at one or the other. We would like to minimize the amount of back and forth as each time that increases the risk of contamination. As for renting your cottage, it is my understanding that there may be some direction coming, but at this time we are saying no to rentals, especially daily, weekend or weekly. I have been asked many times from those using the trailer parks to try to fit their situation into getting into the park. Let me very clear, all parks and marinas are ordered by the Province to be closed, unless and only if you don’t have any other residence in Canada for snowbirds. Absolutely no exceptions. The trailer park owner along with yourself will be fined if found to be in contravention. I cannot stress this enough and it will be heavily enforced. I have been told by some that there are plans or postings for garage sales in the next few weeks. I can’t believe that I am having to say this but if you are planning on a garage sale, please use your head. You will be fined much higher than what the treasure will bring you in sales. If you witness something that is in contravention to any of these new orders as set out it is your duty to protect your community and contact the following with names and/or license plates etc any information that would be helpful. You are not in the wrong and you are not to feel guilty. The guilty party is the one that is disrespecting you and everyone else and there is no patience left for those people. 1. OPP Hotline 1-888-310-1122 2. H-N Hotline 519-428-8019 Please do not call or send me or council members the information, as we are simply passing the information across to the hotlines as well and it would be more efficient for everyone to use the hotline. Furthermore it tracks all calls and cases which is important for enforcement. Anson Place update……the health unit continues to work with the home. Because it is a private entity, it is not simple to just backfill their short staff with those that work for the counties. Many efforts are being made to help them through this very difficult time. As part of the ongoing investigation that the HU is doing to try to determine the sources and there could be many for quarantine purposes. One theory is that the funeral that many attended could have been a source. People, please remember that all the people involved are local friends and neighbours and when pointing fingers, have some restraint in that no one would intentionally put people in harms way. We are fighting this together and we must stand together to be strong. Anyone of us can and will inadvertently pass this virus off to someone else. Casting judgement is unfair and inhumane. Every time you go on a trail or through the park or argue about your rights to go fishing, ride your ATV through public property, and/or snub every other order that leads you to stay home, take a hard look the attached picture. Remind yourself every time that you think it is OK to risk yourself, your families, your neighbours, think of those that are fighting for you…..maybe just maybe you can have the decency to fight for them and STAY HOME…….. Today, I know that you’re scared. So many unanswered questions. So much happening, so fast. I have always been the preacher of change and how hard it is for people to adapt to change, but even this is extraordinary. You are not alone in this, everyone is scared, everyone has fear, everyone thinking about the next days to come, no matter whether you are deemed essential or non-essential in the work force. How do we protect ourselves, financially, mentally, physically? Never before have any of us face such a mountain and all I can do is ask you to embrace the challenge and with the might of us all we will overcome and we will be sure to climb it and leave no one behind. What makes being Canadian, that pride runs strong here in Haldimand-Norfolk. I pose a challenge to you all today, our food banks, your friends, our vulnerable, are all in the toughest of positions as many continue to keep the shelves stocked with the basic needs. Each time you go out for your own needs, think of one person or a food bank that you can help. Instead of doing something just for yourself, do something for someone else. If we do this, even has simple as getting some coffees for those that are working, such as the people collecting our garbage, that fear within us will become the strength that make us all better in the end. We don’t have much control over the world’s state of affairs, and that can be frustrating, but we do have some control in deciding what elements of our lives we can influence. We can choose certain things to focus on in life and have a stake in the outcome. Be a part of the solution. Stay Safe……

Province reports 379 new cases of COVID-19 and 21 more deaths on Tuesday - April 7 10:47 a.m.

There are another 379 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario were confirmed on Tuesday. That brings the total in the province to 4,726. The number of deaths also increased by 21 to 153. Tuesday's number is up from Monday's increase of 308.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 6, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 4,726 N/A
Change from previous report 379 8.7% increase
Resolved2 1,802 38.1
Deceased3 153 3.2
Demographics
Male 2,211 46.8
Female 2,489 52.7
19 and under 120 2.5
20-39 1,263 26.7
40-59 1,663 35.2
60-79 1,168 24.7
80 and over 509 10.9
Testing
Total Tested4 81,364 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 691 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-196 614 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 with COVID-19 233 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 on a ventilator with COVID-19 187 N/A

Halidmand-Norfolk enforcement hotline receives more than 300 calls - April 7 10:45 a.m.

Over the past week, more than 300 calls have come into the Haldimand Norfolk hotline, to report COVID-19 bylaw abusers The Health unit says education will be used as a first enforcement tactic and most are getting the message and staying home. Norfolk has added bylaw officers, while Haldimand has deployed building inspectors to help bylaw officers across the County. Hotline number: 519-428-8019

Parents can now apply for a one-time payment from the province for financial assistance - April 6 2:04 p.m.

The province's 'Support for Families initiative' is now accepting applications. It's a one-time payment of $200 per child 12 and under, and $250 for those 21 and under with special needs. "This one-time funding will allow parents to access additional tools for our kids to use while at home and studying remotely," said Premier Doug Ford. "Our aim during these extraordinarily challenging times is to continue supporting those impacted hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario families," said Education Minister Stephen Lecce. Parents already receiving Support for Parents payments through direct deposit will be automatically eligible for this financial support and do not need to submit a new application. Click here to submit an application.

Province reports 309 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and 13 new deaths - April 6 10:40 a.m.

On Monday, 309 new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the province. That brings the total number of cases in Ontario to 4,347. Thirteen more deaths were announced bringing that total to 132.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 5, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 4,347 N/A
Change from previous report 309 7.7% increase
Resolved2 1,624 37.4
Deceased3 132 3.0
Demographics
Male 2,054 47.3
Female 2,269 52.2
19 and under 107 2.5
20-39 1,167 26.8
40-59 1,537 35.4
60-79 1,077 24.8
80 and over 455 10.5
Testing
Total Tested4 78,796 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 329 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-196 589 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 with COVID-19 216 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 on a ventilator with COVID-19
 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit applications now open - April 6 10:21 a.m.

If you lost your job or can't work, you can now apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. It will give those eligible up to $2,000 a month during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order not to crash the website, the government is asking you to apply based on the month you were born. Canadians born in January, February and March can apply Monday. If you were born in April, May or June you can apply Tuesday. If you were born in July, August or September you can apply Wednesday. If you were born in October, November or December you can apply Thursday. If you select direct deposit, you could see the money before the end of the week. More than two-million Canadians lost their jobs in the second half of March when businesses were either closed or forced to reduce their operations to help slow the spread of the virus. You can apply here.

Province projects up to 15,000 Ontarians could die from COVID-19 over course of pandemic - April 3 1:36 p.m.

Between 3,000 and 15,000 people could die from COVID-19 by the time the pandemic is over, even with protective measures in place, according to newly released provincial models. Projections released by Public Health Ontario on Friday suggest that, with no public health measures in place, that number would be as high as 100,000. However, Dr. Peter Donnelly, President and CEO of Public Health Ontario says several strong measures have already been taken by the province, including closing non-essential businesses, limiting social gatherings and limiting visitors at long-term care homes. He says the steps that have already been taken must stay in place to halt the spread of the virus, adding that additional measures could drive those numbers down further. He says the numbers are only projections and could change based on a number of factors. Donnelly expects the pandemic to last between 18 and 24 months.

Province reports 462 new COVID-19 cases on Friday - April 3 10:39 a.m.

On Friday, the province announced another 462 new cases of COVID-19. This brings the total in the province to 3,255. Of those cases 67 people have now died which is 14 more deaths than Thursday. The number of resolved cases also rose by 192 to 1,023.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 2, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 3,255 N/A
Change from previous report 462 16.5% increase
Resolved2 1,023 31.4
Deceased3 67 2.1
Demographics
Male 1,579 48.5
Female 1,657 50.9
19 and under 82 2.5
20-39 945 29.0
40-59 1,178 36.2
60-79 821 25.2
80 and over 226 6.9
Testing
Total Tested4 66,753 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 1,245 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-196 462 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 with COVID-19 194 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 on a ventilator with COVID-19 140 N/A

Statement from Haldimand County Mayor and Council - April 2 2:39 p.m.

This will be the last time that I update the numbers here as they are changing every hour, if you would like to know you can go to the following link and it will be updated every morning at 10am. I must remind you that the numbers are not as important as the work we individually do reduce them. It is our duty to step up our game and ensure we are following the safest protocols to protect yourself, your family and your neighbourhood.

Positive Cases……34

Deaths…… 4

I keep getting asked the following questions. Can I go for drive or walk? If you are under quarantine, NO, if you are told to self isolate, NO, if you do not fall under those circumstances then yes but still practice social distancing. Can I walk on the trails/parks? If not under the above, yes but maintain social distancing and do your best to not congregate or socialize in large groups. Can I go to my girl/boy friends house? NO…..if you are not living with them and are currently maintaining separate residences than you must keep it that way. For split families…..As parents you need to come together on what is best for your children, not for yourselves and that means some tough decisions but the best one is the one that protects your kids and we cannot make that decision but only you in that situation will be guided by what’s right in this time. We are seeing people still shopping in groups; it is a suggestion today but may change that only one of you from your household should be picking up those needs. It is imperative that you protect your family and there is no need for you to bring your spouse or kids unless there simply is no other option to leave the kids at home. I have had many concerned about those shoppers coming in from out of town looking for those items that they cannot find in the city. It is frustrating I know, but the same can be said for many Haldimand residents who are heading into the city as well. It is my suggestion that you stay within the boundaries of Haldimand to fulfill your needs and yes I know that sometimes that there is no toilet paper, or ground beef. If we all simply take what is needed and not what is wanted then there will be enough for everyone. The only reason for leaving the County is because your work requires it. Leaving the County for any other reason is a risk that is unnecessary and we strongly advise to stay home and stay in Haldimand County. If you witness something that is in contravention to the NEW Ontario laws as set out it is your duty to protect your community and contact the following with names and/or license plates etc any information that would be helpful. You are not in the wrong and you are not to feel guilty. The guilty party is the one that is disrespecting you and everyone else and there is no patience left for those people. If you are found in contravention it comes with a min. of $750 fine. 1. OPP Hotline 1-888-310-1122 2. H-N Hotline 519-428-8019 Update on Trailer Parks…… The Ford government has responded with the same order we passed a week ago allowing parks to open only for permanent residences in the park. Ultimately as owners they have the option to open their park to snowbirds or not, it is their choice. There is NO daily or weekend/weekly camping and that will be strictly enforced by both the County and the Province. While it is scheduled that they open May 1st, I can say with certainty that that day will not happen and that the parks will be hopefully opening this year but the date is undetermined at this time. We are currently working on an order that will address cottage rentals etc. It is our intent to completely stop rentals for daily and weekend or weekly purposes until further notice. We are asking those that own cottages and live outside of the county to stay at their home as we do not have the resources to support them. If you are renting your property out on a daily or weekly basis, we ask that you cancel them now until June 1st and we will re- evaluate as that date approaches. The West Haldimand Memorial Hospital is not set to open a COVID Assessment Center as a drive thru at 420 Locke St in the parking lot. They are working through some processes with the Health Unit to ensure that the protocols meet the necessary requirements to protect the public and those working so STAY TUNED. It is by appointment only. You must still follow the process, contact your local physician, or through the Heath Unit. I Folks, if you are not picking up on the increased rhetoric from both the PM and the Premier, you are missing it, the rights we enjoy because of our forefathers fighting for us to have these privileges today will be taken away. Those of you in the minority continue to thumb your nose to everyone else will be the ones that turn things into a socialist state and it will be your fault that our mobility is completely restricted. Not the majority who is making the simple sacrifices of staying at home. There is group out in Dunnville that is going around and helping those celebrate birthdays, bringing a convoy of cars. Wonderful idea and just one way to bring a smile to a child who is not able to celebrate the same as we normally would. “Extraordinary outcomes require extraordinary efforts, extraordinary determination, and an extraordinary mindset”. Together we can achieve this and everyone together has to step up and do their part, please no more excuses, solve the problem and be a part of the solution. Don’t be the problem that robs us all of our well deserved summer. Stay safe…..

Province reports 401 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday - April 2 10:46 a.m.

Another 401 new cases were reported in Ontario on Thursday. The total number of cases in the province is now 2,793. The number of deaths reported also rose by 16 to 53. The number of resolved cases also increased to 831 from 689 on Wednesday.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to April 1, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 2,793 N/A
Change from previous report 401 16.8% increase
Resolved2 831 29.8
Deceased3 53 1.9
Demographics
Male 1,355 48.5
Female 1,421 50.9
19 and under 68 2.4
20-39 826 29.6
40-59 995 35.6
60-79 716 25.6
80 and over 186 6.7
Testing
Total Tested4 62,733 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 2,052 N/A
Hospitalizations
Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-196 405 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 with COVID-19 167 N/A
Number of patients in ICU7 on a ventilator with COVID-19 112 N/A
 

Another 426 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Ontario Wednesday - April 1 11:16 a.m.

The province confirmed another 426 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning. The total number of cases in the province is now 2,392. Of those cases, 689 are listed as resolved. Four new deaths were announced on Wednesday, bringing the total in the province to 37.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to March 31, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 2,392 N/A
Change from previous report 426 21.7% increase
Resolved2 689 28.8
Deceased3 37 1.5
Demographics
Male 1,189 49.7
Female 1,189 49.7
19 and under 55 2.3
20-39 724 30.3
40-59 850 35.5
60-79 608 25.4
80 and over 152 6.4
Testing
Total Tested4 57,874 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 3,135 N/A

More positive COVID-19 cases in Haldimand-Norfolk, three deaths at LTC home - April 1 9:54 a.m.

There are now at 27 people in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties who have tested positive for COVID-19. That’s according to the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, who say at least 11 of those positive cases are in Anson Place, a long-term care facility and retirement home in Hagersville. The health unit says three of the Anson Place patients have died, however only two deaths have been linked to COVID-19. The facility is working with the health unit and has instituted new measures to decrease the spread of the virus. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Shanker Nesathurai gave condolences to the families adding, “I am always saddened by a loss of life.”

Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit launches COVID-19 enforcement hotline - March 31 3:13 p.m.

You can now report people and businesses who aren’t following the rules during the provincial state of emergency by calling a new COVID-19 enforcement hotline. “Despite repeated requests from elected officials – and orders issued by the Medical Officer of Health – people continue to gather in groups in public places,” says Kristal Chopp, Chair of the Haldimand-Norfolk Board of Health and Mayor of Norfolk County. “These and other actions put all of us at risk, and will not be tolerated.” You can call the hotline at 519-428-8019.
The health unit is asking you to report a variety of issues including:
  • Non-essential businesses that are still open
  • Essential businesses that aren’t complying with necessary restrictions
  • Gatherings of five or more people
  • People using playgrounds, parks, piers or beaches
  • Any other violations of public health orders issued by the Medical Officer of Health or the province
The health unit is also reminding you that these kinds of situations should not be reported using 911.
You’re also reminded to stay home as much as possible and avoid non-essential trips through the community, per the joint emergency declaration issued by Haldimand and Norfolk Counties on March 26. “I’m saying this in no uncertain terms: It is imperative that you stay home as much as possible,” says Chopp. “Doing so will save lives.”

Statement from Haldimand County Mayor and Council - March 31 3:12 p.m.

Positive Cases……29

Deaths………2

Many of you have asked for these updates and so for those that do not wish to read them, I am sorry but getting information out to the public is limited and if you feel that you are being directed or dictated too, it is unfortunate but there are the few that are taking the resources from many of us and they are the ones that put us all at higher risk. Whether it is from the PM or the Premiere or the local Mayors, the message is the same, STAY HOME, only go out for basic needs. The cases are doubling every couple of days and according to our Medical officer and we should not be surprised by those numbers. What we are experiencing today are numbers based on the number of delayed tests and further resulting from activities prior to schools closing and self isolation principles were applied. Do not focus too much on today’s numbers as they are tracking the national average and consistent, your attention should be on the numbers over the next couple of weeks as those will be the numbers that reflect all of our efforts this past couple of weeks. What does self isolation mean? Self-isolation is when you have been instructed to separate yourself from others, with the purpose of preventing the spread of the virus, including those within your home. If you are ill, you should be separated from others in your household to the greatest extent possible. What does quarantine mean? Quarantine Act is a bid to stop Canadians returning from foreign travel from flouting coronavirus isolation orders. That move made it against the law for returning travellers to defy the order to quarantine themselves for 14 days, full stop — no going for walks, no getting groceries, no checking in on friends to say hi. Skate parks, tennis courts etc are strictly OFF LIMITS. If anyone fails to with respect to the above and you witness such you have a duty to protect your community and contact the following with names and/or license plates etc any information that would be helpful. If you are found in contravention of any of the above it comes with a min. of $750 fine. 1. OPP Hotline 1-888-310-1122 2. H-N Hotline 519-428-8019 Update on Trailer Parks…… The trailer parks are non essential service and are subject to the same closure orders as everyone else. Let me be very clear that the our order specifically states that ONLY those that call their trailer their home and have no other place registered in Canada as their home are allowed entry to the parks. We have some of the best park operators around and I have spoken to many of the park owners and they share the same concerns as we all do and will be managing themselves accordingly. Ultimately as owners they have the option to open their park to snowbirds or not, it is their choice. There is no daily or weekend camping and that will be strictly enforced by both the County and the Province. If you own a cottage in Haldimand, we ask that you not use it. If you rent it we will be reviewing our legal options as a county on rentals. If you are renting your property out on a daily or weekly basis, we ask that you cancel them now until further notice. As mentioned yesterday by the Premier, if you are 70 or older, STAY HOME, that is the safest place for you, ask or help, there are plenty of volunteers out there that will pick up your groceries etc. The Haldimand War Memorial Hospital will be operating a COVID Assessment Center as a drive thru at 420 Locke St in the parking lot. It is by appointment only. You must still follow the process, contact your local physician, or through the Heath Unit if you are showing symptoms and through them they will book you an appointment starting Thursday April 2. I want to take this time to highlight some extraordinary people in your community. There are so many more selfless acts out there and they are all inspiring, Donna Pitcher making home made face masks for the taxi cab drivers in Haldimand. If you are a tax cab operator in need of a mask, contact Donna, or myself and we will get you one. Toni Hayes Powell who is taking the time tor recognize all those wonderful people out on the front lines, putting faces to names and allowing ourselves to learn a little about the great people who put themselves out there risking everything. Steve Fenton, of Battlefield International volunteering his staff and is currently working with our Chief Medical Officer on recreating a ventilator to help save those precious lives. I came across this quote that I would like to leave you with, “ sometimes we get so caught up in feeling misunderstood that we lose sight of the fact that we may be the ones who are misunderstanding what’s being told to us”. In these times words and comments can be so easily misunderstood and I apologize to those that have demonstrated their passions and their frustrations and their fears. Stay safe…..

Province reports 260 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday - March 31 10:59 a.m.

On Tuesday, the province confirmed 260 new cases of COVID-19. That brings the total in the province to 1,966. The numbers also showed 10 new deaths in Ontario bringing the total to 33. Those deaths were announced Monday by the Ontario Medical Officer of Health and the Associate Medical Officer of Health. The number of resolved cases also increased by 103 on Tuesday to 534.
Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, January 15, 2020 to March 30, 2020
Number Percentage
Number of cases1 1,966 N/A
Change from previous report 260 15.2% increase
Resolved2 534 27.2
Deceased3 33 1.7
Demographics
Male 980 49.8
Female 974 49.5
19 and under 46 2.3
20-64 1,496 76.1
65 and over 421 21.4
Testing
Total Tested4 51,629 N/A
Currently Under Investigation5 4,280 N/A

Haldimand County records first COVID-19 death - March 30 3:31 p.m.

On Monday, the province's Associate Minister of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe confirmed that someone in Haldimand County has died of COVID-19. Yaffe didn't provide details about the person such as age or gender. The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has confirmed a total of 23 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. There were seven positive tests at Anson Place, which is a retirement home and long-term care facility in Hagersville. The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has worked with Anson Place staff and leadership to initiate a public health management plan. The plan has been developed to reduce the risk of transmission among residents and staff.

Province confirms 351 new COVID-19 cases on Monday - March 30 10:58 a.m.

The province confirmed another 351 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday morning. The website that updates the provincial numbers everyday also underwent a change. Previously, the site would provide details for each individual case. Now the province is posting a summary of all the cases in Ontario. There are 1,705 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. Of those cases, 23 people have died and 431 people have recovered which was a big jump from Sunday's number of eight. The province is also showing a breakdown of the age and genders of the cases.
Demographics # %
Male 857 50.2
Female 837 49.1
19 and under 42 2.5
20-64 1,319 77.3
65 and over 343 20.1

Six Nations building barricades to protect community from COVID-19 - March 27 6:48 p.m.

Six Nations Elected Council is taking a drastic step to protect the community. The plan, called "Project Protect Our Elders," will restrict outside visitors from visiting the territory. They will begin building barricades on Monday and on Tuesday they will be in full implementation. Below is a link to the video of Chief Mark Hill's address on Friday.
https://www.facebook.com/Six.Nations.Grand.River/videos/264431961224557/

Statement from Haldimand Mayor and Council - March 27 4:31 p.m.

As you probably already have heard our H-N health unit has had its first reported case in Norfolk yesterday. While we are not surprised, it does bring the reality and the seriousness of the situation closer to home. People have asked me where?, we need to know so we can change our behaviours. My comment back to them is that we should be behaving like it already is next door with your neighbour. It should not matter what town is hit first, we should all be following the very strict rules that are set out for us and as mentioned so many times, do it for your friends and family, don’t be selfish. On that note, I am still getting reports of kids on the park playgrounds, or the local skate parks. Those are not tourists, they are your kids who live here and I do not blame them as much as I blame the parents who are shirking their duties and risking the rest of us who are following the rules. My advice to you is to take some responsibility of your family and be a parent. It truly angers me when I see that there are people out there that think it is our duty to police bad or stupid behaviour, it is your duty to be a parent, and never more than now. I recognize it is not easy, we are all living it and no one can say someone else has it easier. We are all in this together, and we all have our own individual issues to manage. I cannot stress the importance to stay away from those parks. I have been told of stores who are not following the appropriate procedures in terms of social distancing and not managing the flow of customers. While we can only report them to the health department, the onus and responsibility rests with the store owner or manager and they are risking their staff and the public, if you see such behaviour, demand more from them, it is their role to all of us and once again should not require our police or health dept to babysit. If you are hiring migrant workers for your farm, we have put in place a processes for bringing them in and isolating them. Please follow below. As of March 24th (Effective Immediately), A section of the Health Protection and Promotion Act has been issued by the Medical Officer of Health of the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit to all employers of seasonal (migrant farm workers) in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties. This order has been issued as there is a potential for transmission of the COVID-19 virus. PLEASE READ the attached press release carefully, as it details specific actions that must be taken. ALL Employers of Seasonal Workers (Migrant Farm Workers ) in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties are hereby ordered to follow these rules. FAILURE to comply with this Order is an offence for which you may be liable, conviction, to a fine of not more than $5,000 for every day or part of each day on which the offence occurs or continues. PLEASE SHARE with your networks, memberships or anyone you know who may be affected by this order. It is critical we get this message circulated to ensure the safety and well- being of all involved, and to ensure we are following the Medical Officer of Health’s direction. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. I have included the contact information for the Health Unit below, if you have any questions or concerns about the order, please contact them directly. Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit Phone: 519-426-6128 Website: https://hnhu.org/ https://hnhu.org/…/covid-19-resources-for-farmers-and-farm…/ We are looking for anyone who is a RPN or RN (even if they just finished school) – please contact either by email or by phone at 905-318-5932 Ext 6116. If you would like to volunteer, please follow the link below Thanks, https://hnhu.org/covidvolunteers/ As we approach the weekend, I suspect that we will not be any different with respect to the increasing numbers across the country, what you are doing today and this past couple of weeks will become evident in the next 2 weeks and our diligence will be our reward. Stay safe, Ken

Haldimand offering resources and support to local businesses during COVID-19 pandemic - March 27 4:04 p.m.

Haldimand County’s Economic Development and Tourism Division is supporting local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 situation. They’ve launched a new website
https://www.haldimandcounty.ca/business/covid-19-business-information-and-resources/?aiEnableCheckShortcode=true

for business owners who have questions about government services and supports. The information is updated daily and is aimed at highlighting resources that could apply to businesses and key sectors in the county. They also want to hear from local business owners about how the situation has impacted your operations. You can have your say by filling out an online survey. The survey will be recirculated every few weeks so the county can get a better understanding of the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on the business community. “Business owners are having to navigate a very uncertain future right now and it’s not a one size fits all impact on local business,” said Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt. “As efforts ramp up to keep COVID-19 from spreading, industry works to achieve business continuity while focusing on the health and safety of their employees. It's no simple task. As we collectively work through this challenging period together, we would like to emphasize that the Economic Development and Tourism Division in Haldimand County continue to be available via phone and email to discuss how ongoing Provincial and Federal announcements may apply to your individual business situation.” On the other side of things, if your business is one of those companies that has been able to introduce modifications to your operations that keep you safely open, launched a new product or service to continue operating your business, or your operation is helping support the needs of the medical community, the county wants to hear from you. Send your good news to opportunity@haldimandcounty.on.ca. If you’re not a business owner, the county is encouraging you to consider ways to support local businesses, like buying products online, sharing their special offers and boosting their online reach.​

Employee at Hamitlon McDonald's charged after faking COVID-19, forcing restaurant to close - March 27 9:45 a.m.

Hamilton police say a McDonald’s worker faked having COVID-19 to get out of work. She gave her supervisor a fake note on March 19. The store on Rymal Road was immediately shut down and all employees were told to go home and self-isolate. The restaurant was closed for several days so professional cleaners could sanitize it. Police say there has been a significant impact on the restaurant, local customers and employees, which instigated the need for police involvement. On March 26, an 18-year-old Hamilton woman was arrested and charged. She’s facing the following charges: Mischief over $5,000, Fraud under $5,000, Use a forged document and Make a forged document.

Thursday sees 170 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Ontario - March 26 11:30 a.m.

The province confirmed 170 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario on Thursday morning. This brings the total in the province to 858. One of the new cases is in Halton Region and another is in Hamilton. There are 10,965 cases under investigation in Ontario.

Haldimand County campgrounds to open early- March 26 10:07 a.m.

Normally area camp grounds can't open until April 15th, but Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt has issued a temporary order to accommodate snowbirds returning home, who need to self-isolate for 14 days. Seasonal trailer parks will be allowed to open early, provided they meet provincial rules and standards Meantime, travel trailers or mobile homes on residential properties can also be used for self- isolation.

Open-air burning may continue in Haldimand County - March 25 3:35 p.m.

Haldimand County Fire Department says open-air burning may continue while the COVID-19 situation unfolds, as long as a proper permit has been acquired and open-air fire burning by-laws are followed. However, no new burn permits will be issued until further notice due to the closure of the Haldimand County Administration Building. Staff are working to develop an online permit application and processing tool.

Haldimand emergency services worker tests positive for COVID-19 - March 25 2:50 p.m.

Haldimand County has confirmed that a local emergency services worker has tested positive for COVID-19. The county says the worker does not live in Haldimand and was tested outside of the Haldeman-Norfolk Health Unit’s district. They are at home in self-isolation and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is following up with anyone who may have been in contact with the worker. The county did not release the worker’s name, age, gender or what their position is. “This news may be unsettling, but it isn’t a shock,” said Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt. “Like so many other communities, we’ve been preparing for this scenario. The Health Unit has initiated its case management protocol and are in constant contact with our Emergency Operations team. We’re leveraging all possible resources to combat this virus and protect the health and safety of frontline workers, our staff and our community.”​

One of the Six Nation firefighters tests comes back negative for COVID-19 - March 25 11:56 a.m.

Test results are negative for one of two firefighters, who was tested for COVID-19. A dozen firefighters and six staffers from Fire Station Number One, are self isolating after one person reported possible exposure. They're still awaiting results from a second test. So far, there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 on six nations.

GRCA suspending maintenance on trails - March 25 11:54 a.m.

You may see more weeds and overgrown plant life on GRCA trails. With most staff at the GRCA working from home, they've decided to scale down operations for now. The flood forecasting and warning system however won't be affected, but all GRCA parks are off limits, due to people ignoring social distancing.

Another 100 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Ontario on Wednesday​ - March 25 10:45 a.m.

The province confirmed 100 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario on Wednesday. That brings the total in the province to 688 including nine deaths. Four of the new cases are in Halton Region and another four are in Hamilton. There are 10,489 cases under investigation in Ontario.

Hamilton records first death linked to COVID-19​ - March 24 3:53 p.m.

Hamilton Public Health has confirmed the city’s first death linked to COVID-19 is an 80-year-old woman who had been in hospital since March 16. The agency says the woman, a resident of Heritage Green Nursing Home, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Tuesday morning. As of noon Tuesday, there are 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton. “I offer my sincere condolences to the family of the woman who passed away,” said Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health for Hamilton. “Unfortunately, this tragic news highlights why we need to take this virus very seriously and continue to take collective actions to stay at home and stay safe.” The woman’s name was not released.

Haldimand and Norfolk mayors declare state of emergency over COVID-19 - March 24 2:32 p.m.

Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt and Norfolk County Mayor Kristal Chopp have each declared emergencies in their communities as COVID-19 continues to spread. The decision means that the municipalities will be able to take quicker action on activities that are violating the orders of public health officials. It also allows the counties to tap into emergency funding and provincial resources that would not otherwise be available. Declaring an emergency “will allow both Haldimand and Norfolk counties to make quicker decisions, support our health team in a more expeditious manner and implement additional measures to protect the health & well-being of our communities,” explained Hewitt. “We’ll continue to do everything in our power to stop the spread of COVID-19, and I ask that residents do their part as well. Stay home, stay safe and look out for one another.” “Staff in both counties, as well as with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, are working around the clock to keep our communities safe and healthy during this pandemic,” added Chopp. “Mayor Hewitt and I are in constant communication with each other and our shared Medical Officer of Health to ensure decision-making is timely and serves the best interests of Haldimand and Norfolk. I will continue to act as board chair and both Mayor Hewitt and I will strive to ensure you are fully updated as well as all necessary steps are being taken to protect our respective communities."

Province to keep hydro rates at off-peak price for 45 days - March 24 2:31 p.m.

The province says it is putting an immediate halt on time-of-use electricity rates, holding hydro prices at the off-peak rate for the next 45 days. The reduced price is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all residential, small business and farm time-of-use customers. According to the province, this means customers will see rate reductions of 50 per cent compared to on-peak rates. This change will be applied automatically to all bills with no need to fill out an application. The Ontario Energy Board has also extended the winter ban on disconnections until July 31.

Province confirms 85 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday morning - March 24 11:51 a.m.

Another 85 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Ontario on Tuesday morning. Three of the new cases are in Hamilton and one is in Halton. There are now seven confirmed deaths in the province. There are 10,074 under investigation in Ontario.

Stay home: Haldimand County's Medical Officer of Heath - March 24 10:10 a.m.

Dr. Shankar Nesathurai echo's Justin Trudeau's recent message, especially for recent travellers. "Go home and stay there." The Haldimand Norfolk Medical Officer of Health says, anyone returning to Canada from abroad is ordered immediately self-isolate for 14 days. Don’t stop for groceries on the way home but he adds, if you need but can't afford food delivery, call the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit.

Ontario releases list of essential workplaces - March 23 9:59 pm

The province announced that all non-essential workplaces will close. The closures are in effect Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. and will last for at least 14 days. The province says essential businesses include, but are not limited to grocery stores and pharmacies, telecommunications and IT infrastructure service providers, and businesses that support power generation, natural gas distribution and clean drinking water. Essential businesses are being asked to put into place any and all measures to safeguard the wellbeing of their employees on the front-lines. Teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses. “While this was a difficult decision, we trust that Ontario’s business leaders will be able to promote safety while carrying out business and protecting jobs,” said Premier Doug Ford. “The grocery store clerks, transit and hydro workers and truckers are out there on the front lines making sure the people of Ontario continue to have access to the products and services they need. It is essential that their workplaces be kept as safe as possible so these local heroes can return home to their families worry free.” Below are a list of businesses the province will allow to stay open. Supply chains 1. Businesses that supply other essential businesses or essential services with the support, supplies, systems or services, including processing, packaging, distribution, delivery and maintenance necessary to operate; Retail and Wholesaling 2. Businesses engaged in the retail and wholesale sale of food, pet food and supplies, and household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences and businesses, including grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, markets and other similar retailers; 3. Businesses that provide essential items for the health and welfare of animals, including feed, animal food, pet food and animal supplies including bedding; 4. Beer, wine and liquor stores and alcohol producers, and stores that sell beer and wine through arrangements with authorized providers; cannabis stores and cannabis producers; 5. Gas stations, diesel, propane and heating fuel providers including providers of motor vehicle, aircraft and water/marine craft fuels; 6. Motor vehicle, auto-supply, auto and motor-vehicle-repair, including bicycle repair, aircraft repair, heavy equipment repair, watercraft/marine craft repairs, car and truck dealerships and related facilities; 7. Hardware stores and stores that provide hardware products necessary to the essential operations of residences and businesses; 8. Business providing pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical services, including pharmacies and dispensaries; 9. Businesses that supply office products and services, including providing computer products and related repair and maintenance services, for individuals working from home and for essential businesses; 10. Safety supply stores (for e.g. work clothes, Personal Protective Equipment); Food Services and Accommodations 11. Restaurants and other food facilitiesthat prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or takeaway, together with food delivery services; 12. Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities, including student residences; Institutional, Residential, Commercial and Industrial Maintenance 13. Businesses that provide support and maintenance services, including urgent repair, to maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial industrial and residential properties and buildings, including, property management services,plumbers, electricians, custodial/janitorial workers, cleaning services, , security services, fire safety and sprinkler systems, building systems maintenance and repair technicians and engineers, mechanics, (e.g. HVAC, escalator and elevator technicians), and other service providers who provide similar services Telecommunications and IT Infrastructure/Service Providers 14. Businesses engaged in providing or supporting Information Technology (IT) including online services, software products and related services, as well as the technical facilities such as data centres and other network facilities necessary for their operation and delivery; 15. Businesses providing telecommunications services (phone, internet, radio, cell phones etc) as well as support facilities such as call centres necessary for their operation and delivery; Transportation 16. Taxis and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for activities of daily living; 17. Businesses and facilities that provide transportation services to businesses and individuals including by air, water, road, and rail including providing logistical support, distribution services, warehousing and storage, including truck stops and tow operators; 18. Businesses that provide materials and services for the operation, maintenance and safety of transportation systems (road, transit, rail, air and marine) including delivery of maintenance services such as clearing snow, response to collisions, and completing needed repairs to the transportation systems. Manufacturing and Production 19. Businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials, including businesses that manufacture inputs to other manufacturers (e.g. primary metal/ steel, blow molding, component manufacturers, chemicals, etc. that feed the end-product manufacturer); 20. Businesses, facilities and services that support and facilitate the two- way movement of essential goods within integrated North American and Global supply chains. Agriculture and food production 21. Businesses that farm, harvest, process, manufacture, produce or distribute food, including beverages, crops, animal products and by-products, aquaculture, hunting and fishing; 22. Businesses that support the food supply chain including assembly yards, livestock auctions, food distribution hubs, feed mills, farm equipment suppliers, feed suppliers, food terminals and warehouses, animal slaughter plants and grain elevators; 23. Business that support the safety of food including animal and plant health and animal welfare; 24. Businesses that provide veterinary services, and that supply veterinary and animal control medications and related supplies and testing kits; 25. Businesses that help to ensure safe and effective waste management including deadstock, rendering, nutrient management, bio hazardous materials, green waste, packaging recycling; Construction 26. Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space; 27. Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance; 28. Construction work and services, including demolition services, in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors; 29. Construction work and services that supports health and safety environmental rehabilitation projects Financial activities 30. Capital markets (e.g., the TSX); 31. Banking & Activities related to Credit Intermediation; credit unions; 32. Insurance; 33. Businesses that provide pension services and employee benefits services; 34. Businesses that provide financial services including payment processing, the payroll division of any employer (as defined by the Employment Standards Act/Occupational Health and Safety Act), any entity whose operation is the administration of payroll, banks and credit unions; Resources 35. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of mining materials and products (e.g. metals such as copper, nickel and gold) and that support supply chains in Northern Ontario including; a. Mining operations, production and processing; b. Mineral exploration and development; c. Mining Supply and Services that ssupport supply chains in the mining industry including maintenance of operations, health and safety. 36. Businesses that provide chemicals and gases to support the natural resource sector analytical labs and drinking water and wastewater sectors and other essential businesses; 37. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of forestry products (e.g. lumber, pulp, paper, wood fuel, etc.); 38. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of aggregates to support critical infrastructure repairs and emergency response requirements (e.g. sandbags, armour stone barriers, etc.); 39. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of petroleum and petroleum by-products; Environmental Services 40. Businesses that support environmental management/monitoring and spill clean-up and response, including environmental consulting firms, professional engineers and geoscientists, septics haulers, well drillers, pesticides applicators and exterminators, management of industrial sewage/effluent (eg for mining operations), and environmental laboratories; Utilities and Community Services 41. Utilities, and Businesses that support the provision of utilities and community services, including by providing products, materials and services needed for the delivery of utilities and community services: a. Waste Collection, Waste/ Sewage Treatment and Disposal, operation of landfills, and Hazardous Waste Disposal; b. Potable drinking water; c. Electricity Generation, transmission, distribution and storage; d. Natural Gas distribution, transmission and storage, e. Road construction and maintenance; f. police, fire, emergency services including coroner services and pathology services ; g. corrections and courts services; h. other government services including licenses and permits; 42. Businesses engaged in or supporting the operation, maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure (railways, dams, bridges, highways, erosion control structures, etc.); Communications Industries 43. Newspaper publishers; 44. Radio & Television Broadcasting; 45. Telecommunications providers; Research 46. Businesses and organizations that maintain research facilities and engage in research, including medical research and other research and development activities; 47. Businesses that provide products and services that support research activities; Health Care and Seniors Care and Social Services 48. Organizations and providers that deliver home care services; 49. Retirement homes; 50. Long-term Care Facilities; 51. Independent health facilities; 52. Laboratories and specimen collection centres; 53. Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies, including medications, medical isotopes, vaccines and antivirals; medical devices and medical supplies 54. Manufacturers, logistics and distributors of products and/or services that support the delivery of health care in all locations (including but not limited to hospitals, labs, long-term care homes, other residential health care, physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives, and home care services); 55. Businesses that provide products and/or services that support the health sector or that provide health services, including mental health and addictions and counselling supports. 56. Businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive/mobility/medical devices, aids and/or supplies. 57. Businesses that provide personal support services (many seniors and persons with disabilities, who can afford to, hire individuals to assist with the activities of daily living). 58. Health care professionals providing emergency care including dentists optometrists and physio-therapists; 59. Not-for-profit organizations that provide critical personal support services in home and also provide residential services for individuals with physical disabilities (such as the Centre for Independent Living and March of Dimes); 60. Businesses and all other organizations that support the provision of food, shelter, safety or protection, and/or social services and other necessities of life to economically disadvantaged and other vulnerable individuals, including but not limited to food banks, violence against women emergency shelters, homeless shelters, community housing, supportive housing, children’s aid societies, residential services for adults with developmental disabilities and for children, and custody and detention programs for young persons in conflict with the law; Justice Sector 61. Professional and social services that support the legal and justice system; Other Businesses 62. Rental and leasing services, including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental; 63. Businesses providing mailing, shipping, courier and delivery services, including post office boxes; 64. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers; 65. Professional services including lawyers and para-legals, engineers, accountants, translators; 66. Businesses providing funeral, mortician, cremation, transfer, and burial services, and any related goods and products (such as coffins and embalming fluid); 67. Land registration services, and real estate agent services and moving services; 68. Businesses providing security services including private security guards; monitoring or surveillance equipment and services; 69. Businesses providing staffing services, including temporary help; 70. Businesses that support the safe operations of residences and essential businesses; 71. Businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including veterinarians, farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, zoos, aquariums, research facilities and other service providers; 72. Child care services for essential workers, and home child care services of less than six children; 73. Businesses providing cheque cashing services; Business Regulators and Inspectors 74. Organizations, including Administrative Authorities, that regulate and inspect businesses.

Ontario government orders all non-essential businesses to close

Premier Doug Ford is ordering the closure of all non-essential businesses in the province to help deal with the spread of COVID-19. He says the order will be effective Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. and will be in place for at least 14 days. The province will release the list of businesses that will be allowed to stay open on Tuesday, but promised grocery stores, pharmacies, manufactures and restaurants offering takeout and delivery only will be on that list. He also said publicly funded schools will not re-open April 6th.

GRCA parks close amid COVID-19 concerns - March 23 11:15 a.m.

Don't bother visiting any of the GRCA's parks. They're closed until at least April 6th. That's after an increase in visitors, some in large groups ignoring social distancing. The GRCA's Lisa Stocco says staff is limited and the gates are closed, making it difficult for emergency workers to assist people in the parks. Anyone who parks nearby a GRCA park on a municipal road, could be fined.

Province announces 78 new COVID-19 cases on Monday morning - March 23 11:15 a.m.

The province confirmed 78 news cases of COVID-19 on Monday morning. That brings the total number of cases in Ontario to 503. Three of the new cases are in Hamilton. Two of the new cases are in Halton. There are 8,417 currently under investigation in the province.

Six Nations firefighters self-isolating after possible COVID-19 exposure - March 23 10:42 a.m.

A dozen firefighters on Six Nations are self-isolating. That's after a member of the fire platoon notified the fire service concerned about potential exposure to Coronavirus. "That's what we ask all of our members to do if they believe they could have been exposed to COVID- 19 and we will lead by example," said fire Chief Mathew Miller. There are no confirmed cases on Six Nations so far.

HSR now running on new schedule - March 23 10:40 a.m.

As of Monday, the HSR will now run on a Saturday schedule for most routes in the city. Passengers are asked to board from the rear doors only, to keep a fair distance from the driver and other passengers. Transit fares will be not collected.

Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Ontario

Health officials in Toronto and York Region have confirmed Ontario’s fourth and fifth deaths related to COVID-19. The patient in Toronto was a man in his 70s, who fell ill after travelling to the United Kingdom. Officials say he tested positive for the virus at a hospital in Toronto, and then began self-isolating at-home. On March 14, he arrived at Mississauga Hospital. He died on Saturday. The other patient was a 72-year-old woman from Markham. Officials say she collapsed at her son’s home in Toronto on Saturday – hours after she returned from Los Angeles, via France and Tahiti. Further tests confirmed that she had COVID-19. The woman is posthumously considered Ontario’s 425th case of the virus. There have now been five deaths in Ontario.

Another 47 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Ontario on Sunday morning

The new cases bring the total in Ontario to 424. There are 8,361 cases in the province under investigation. One of the cases confirmed on Sunday is a Hamilton man in his 50s. He recently went on a Caribbean cruise and is self-isolating.

Haldimand County is seeking volunteers and supplies

Haldimand County is looking for volunteers and supplies such as N95 masks, gloves and hand sanitzer to support the local response to COVID-19. Volunteers are need for a variety of tasks to address community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic including delivering food, medications and other supplies to seniors in self-isolation. Those with relevant skills and experience – for example nursing staff (registered or not), dieticians, personal support workers, food handlers, chefs, respiratory therapists, health care aides and others – are encouraged to securely register at https://hnhu.org/covidvolunteers/. Potential volunteers can also leave a voicemail at 519-426-1947 or 905-774-1530.

You can also donate supplies

The county is seeking donations of supplies to keep front-line healthcare workers safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Necessary supplies include: N95 and surgical masks Non-latex medical examination gloves/Nitrile gloves Safety goggles/glasses Face shields Hand sanitizer Travel-sized soap/shampoo. If you have any of these items and want to donate them, please drop them off at Haldimand County’s EMS Headquarters at 11 Thorburn St. (Cayuga), between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Province confirms 59 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday morning

The total number of cases in the province is now 377. There are 7,239 cases under investigation in the province.

OPP will fine people that gather in groups of 50 or more

This week Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency in Ontario. With that declaration comes new measures aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. One of those measures prohibits gatherings of 50 or more people to encourage social distancing. OPP say people caught violating the new orders will face fines up to $1,000. Meanwhile, corporations could be fined $500,000.

Medical Officer of Health orders all personal services settings closed

March 21, 2020, Simcoe, ON - The Haldimand-Norfolk Medical Officer of Health has ordered all personal services settings and esthetic services to close, effective immediately, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. The order applies to all tattoo parlours, barbershops, hair and nail salons, spas, and tanning beds in Haldimand and Norfolk counties. It also applies to all banquet halls found in both counties. The decision is part of the Health Unit’s COVID-19 containment strategy, which also includes the limiting of public gatherings and strict social distancing protocols. The order is effective until rescinded by the Medical Officer of Health.

Hamilton Public Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at long-term care facility

Hamilton Public Health Services is declaring an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Heritage Green Nursing Home in Stoney Creek after a second case was confirmed at the facility. A 55-year-old female resident became symptomatic on the evening of March 19, was subsequently tested, and the test results confirmed this morning that she was positive. She was not hospitalized and remains in isolation at Heritage Green. The first case at this facility was reported on Wednesday, March 18 and involved an 80-year-old female resident who lives on the same floor of the nursing home. An outbreak is declared by Public Health when there are two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst residents or staff of a long-term-care facility. Heritage Green is continuing to isolate the entire floor of the nursing home, cohort staff (dedicated staff to dedicated areas), isolate residents and provide in-room meals. The facility remains closed to visitors. Hamilton currently has a total of 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday.

Statement from Mayor Ken Hewitt, March 19

In these unprecedented times people come together, governments come together, countries come together. The efforts that have been seen from leaders, from the business community, to the countless donations and help from the very many unselfish people around us is a true testament that when pushed, we roll up our sleeves and find ways to help each other back to the lives we all deserve to enjoy. COVID-19 is having a real impact on the lives of Canadians beyond health related matters. It is affecting incomes, employment and quality of life. In response we are seeing higher level governments putting together substantial monetary packages to help lessen the burden on citizens and businesses that are following the advice of health officials. We eagerly await announcements on how that money will reach those in need. The long-term economic and social impacts that COVID-19 will have on our daily lives is still difficult to determine, however, all financial supports announced to date have been to only address the immediate massive hole in our local economies. I have never seen governments move as fast as they have in the past two weeks and in such a non-partisan fashion to ensure necessary supports will be provided. In an effort to play an active role in helping our County citizens and business that are facing economic challenges given these unprecedented circumstances, Council and I have directed staff to waive the interest costs and any fees attached to the next two property tax instalments, March 31 and May 29. Haldimand County property owners can pay their taxes at their own discretion up until August 1st without penalty. We hope that this will provide you with the flexibility to manage your day to day to finances and afford you the time you may require. In Haldimand, we will soon be finalizing our tax-supported operating budget. Council has directed staff to carefully review the 2020 budget so that is sensitive and responsive to these strange times we are living in. Over the past several years, staff have worked diligently to ensure our financial position is strong and ready for unforeseen challenges. For this reason, we are ready to respond. I want to assure you that both staff and Council have been working to protect your interests, to ensure that the quality services you are accustomed to continue, and that our frontline EMS staff are fully equipped with all the resources needed to meet your needs. I would like to take this time to acknowledge those within the Haldimand-Norfolk Health & Social Services, the H-N Health Unit and our first responders for their leadership in helping Council manage our response to the COVID-19 virus. On behalf of the County and Council, we sincerely thank you for being there in times of need, never more so demonstrated than today. Mayor Ken Hewitt Haldimand County Council Stewart Patterson John Metcalfe Dan Lawrence Tony Dalimonte Rob Shirton Bernie Corbett

Hamilton launches economic recovery working group and website
https://www.hamilton.ca/government-information/news-centre/news-releases/hamilton-launches-economic-recovery-working-group

City of Hamilton operational updates
https://www.hamilton.ca/government-information/news-centre/news-releases/covid-19-update-city-hamilton-operational-updates

Province passes emergency legislation aimed at protecting jobs, but not wages
https://www.durhamradionews.com/archives/125210

Doug Ford to returning travellers: Self-isolate the moment you leave the airport, don’t stop for groceries on way home
https://www.durhamradionews.com/archives/125206

Ontario records second death linked to COVID-19
https://www.durhamradionews.com/archives/125201

Statement from Haldimand County's Medical Officer of Health Shanker Nesathurai

1. I urge community members to place the risks associated with COVID-19 in perspective. The vast majority of people who are diagnosed with COVID 19, will have a mild to moderate respiratory illness, and will be able to recover at home. The symptoms will be similar to the flu. A small proportion will require treatment in the hospital. A few individuals will succumb to the illness—these are typically older patients with many concurrent medical problems. Based on what we know today, the risk to residents of Norfolk and Haldimand County is low. From my perspective, we should be concerned, but our responses should be measured.

2. The Public Health Unit is working closely with hospital and community partners, government agencies and community physicians to formulate an effective response. This response includes a call center that has responded to hundreds of calls. As a precautionary approach, some people have been asked to remain at home in self isolation for 14 days. However, at the current time, there is not a single confirmed case of COVID 19 in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties.

3. The key public health strategy is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from person to person. This is sometimes called “social distancing”. This is the reason for extending March break for students, and concurrently suspending the operations of daycare centers. The goal was to reduce the spread from children to parents, and then to older family members and the broader community. As part of this strategy, the health unit has also advocated for limiting the public gatherings to less than 50 people. You will notice that restaurants and bars have limited the number of patrons to less than 50. This is the result of a public health order. As well, consistent with good public health practice, many professional offices and business have temporarily suspended or curtailed operations. This includes dentist offices, that have closed for non-emergent treatment.

4. Most importantly, in order to fully advance social distancing, I ask each of you to stay at home, unless there is a compelling reason to leave the house. I would encourage each of you to speak to your employer and discuss the option of working at home. When traveling out of house for essential activities, try to stay 6 feet away from the next person. These added measures, including regular hand washing and respiratory etiquette can make the difference. In closing, it is important to keep COVID-19 in perspective. At the current time, the risk to residents of our two counties remains low.


Latest News

More than 40 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario on Thursday
https://www.durhamradionews.com/archives/125195

No new COVID-19 cases reported in Wuhan, China Thursday
https://www.durhamradionews.com/archives/125189

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