Ford says Ontario has enough protective gear for health care for another week

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TORONTO – Ontario Premier Doug Ford said recent shipping restrictions at the US border have left the province with one week more personal protective equipment for workers health.

Ford has told media that a shipment of nearly three million masks was detained at the US border over the weekend.

In a statement today, he says that Ontario is increasing its own production of personal protective equipment, but most of these supplies are weeks away from front-line health workers.

Ontario has reported 309 new cases of COVID-19 today, including 13 new deaths. There are now a total of 4,347 cases in the province, including 1,624 patients who have recovered and 132 deaths.

There have been outbreaks in at least 46 long-term care homes, including the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, where three other residents died on Sunday, for a total of 26 deaths in that single home.

At least 451 health care workers in Ontario have tested positive for COVID-19, accounting for about 10% of all cases in the province.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton reported an outbreak of COVID-19 on Monday after three of its special care nursery health workers tested positive.

One had no direct contact with patients or families, while the other two had little or no contact while wearing a protective mask and neither was symptomatic while caring for babies or to the family, the health unit said in a statement.

“Contact tracing is underway to ensure that all babies, family members and staff / doctors who have been in direct contact with positive health workers are tested and appropriate measures will be taken to limit transmission, ”said the press release.

“No baby or parent in the unit is symptomatic. All are closely watched »

The hospital has created a designated space for infants who may have been exposed and the unit is being thoroughly cleaned, the health unit said.

In Ontario, 589 people are now hospitalized with COVID-19, including 216 in intensive care and 160 in ventilation.

A backlog of pending tests that used to be close to 11,000 now stands at just 329.

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority said Monday that the Eabametoong First Nation, also known as the Fort Hope First Nation, is the first remote community in the north with a case of COVID-19.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 6, 2020.

Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

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