First Muskoka death related to COVID-19

Thursday, 19 Mar, 2020

The state of emergency declared by Ford mandates the closure of bars, restaurants, theatres, libraries and banning public events with more than 50 people.

Christine Elliott made the remarks during a press conference with Premier Doug Ford and Finance Minister Rod Phillips at Queen's Park Wednesday afternoon.

The state of emergency is expected to last until 31 March.

Ford said repeatedly that they didn't make the decision lightly. Essential services will remain available, with public transit, grocery stores, public services and office spaces still open or available.

The investigation into the exact cause of death is ongoing, health officials said, noting it isn't known if the man died of COVID-19 or with COVID-19.

"The number of cases in Ontario has risen rapidly", Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams told a briefing.

"I think you have to look at the social and economic impact of every measure that you take", said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario's Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health.

He stresses that this is not a provincial shutdown, saying that the majority of businesses won't be affected by the order. "As soon as that was suspected, all action necessary to investigate properly was taken", said Gardner.

There are now 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa.

Nursing homes will share in the funding to augment infection control measures and cleaning and support in screening staff and visitors for the new coronavirus to help protect the vulnerable residents, who are at high risk for complications like potentially fatal pneumonia.

"The health and safety of casino customers and employees is a priority for OLG and its service providers", said the OLG in a statement Sunday.

Random provincial testing of hospital and long-term care home respiratory cases has not revealed any community spread nor has there been a sharp increase in the number of patients in need of hospital acute care beds.

The close contact of the individual who passed away is being treated at the RVH for the novel coronavirus.

Meanwhile, according to City News reporter Tina Yazdani, Public Health Ontario now has the capacity to carry out up to 2,000 COVID-19 tests per day.

$25 million to support frontline workers working in COVID-19 assessment centres, including the creation of a new fund to provide respite care, child care services and other supports as they are needed.

Ford announced the first stage of a COVID-19 emergency relief package, which includes $300 million.