Ontario Reports 340 New COVID-19 Cases While Resort Mayors Say Few Visitors Come

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Ontario reported 340 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the provincial total to 22,653.

The Ontario Ministry of Health has reported that 1,881 people have died. A total of 17,360 people have recovered.

There are 934 people in the hospital, including 171 in the intensive care units. A total of 129 are on fans.

The daily growth rate is 1.5% on Sunday, which is lower than the 1.8% growth rate recorded on Saturday.

The number of people hospitalized has decreased significantly, while the number of people in intensive care and on ventilators has also decreased slightly.

On Saturday, the province was able to test more than 16,000 people, down from Friday when more than 17,000 people were tested.

A total of 4,414 tests are currently under investigation and awaiting confirmation.

“It is important to note that the total samples have tested the ebb and flow based on incoming and outgoing tests and what is happening regionally in the field,” said Hayley Chazan, spokesperson for the Minister. Health Minister Christine Elliott in an email Sunday.

“We still have the capacity to test all incoming samples and we test more based on our extensive testing guidelines. We also continue to lead the country in terms of daily test volumes per capita. “

According to a CBC News count using data from local public health units, a total of 1,970 people died from COVID-19 in Ontario.

A healthcare worker prepares to skin a man in a walk-in COVID-19 test clinic. (Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press)

2 Mayors From Small Ontario Town Report Few Visitors

Meanwhile, two Ontario mayors reported few visitors to their small towns, even though it was the long weekend in May.

Interviewed by CBC Radio’s Fresh air, Mayor of Wasaga Beach Nina Bifolchi and Mayor of Bracebridge Graydon Smith said that people from the Greater Toronto Area did not come en masse to their cities.

“We had tourists yesterday, but certainly not the influx we would normally have. And for the most part, people were respectful, ”said Bifolchi.

“They kept their distance. They were respectful of the number of congregations, ”she added.

“I think overall the weekend so far has been good. “

Bifolchi said the cottage owners came to Wasaga Beach, northwest of Toronto, to open their cottages, but they appeared to stay mostly on their properties.

Provincial parks are open, but beaches are closed. Wasaga Beach Provincial Park has 14 kilometers of closed beach. People are allowed to use the park trails.

As of Friday, the city had 11 cases, seven people having recovered and three still isolated. COVID-19 has died in the city.

“We are doing very well here in Wasaga Beach. We follow the rules and keep the numbers low, so we just want it to continue. “

Wasaga Beach Mayor Nina Bifolchi said: “We had tourists yesterday, but certainly not the influx we would normally have. And for the most part, people were respectful. (Submitted by Michael Nichols)

In Bracebridge, located in the Muskoka region of Ontario, Smith said the city was “fairly quiet” and that the number of seasonal visitors and cottage owners in town was low this weekend.

“I think Friday, which is normally a crazy day on a long weekend in May, with everyone arriving at the same time, was very quiet compared to what it would normally be,” said Smith.

“Yesterday, I was in the community around 4:00 pm, and it was like a Wednesday evening rather than a long weekend. “

Smith said people outside of town weren’t staying in stores at least on Saturday.

He said the city was clear in his message before the weekend that it was a family weekend, “not a weekend with friends and family,” and he thinks the message was received.

Ontario Long Term Care Association Calls For Public Inquiry

The Ontario Long Term Care Association, which represents 70% of the province’s 630 long-term care homes, says it would support a public inquiry into the sector, but believes more needs to be done to support nursing homes by this time as deaths continue to increase. .

The association said a review would resolve long-standing systemic problems with the provincial nursing home model, but the unprecedented threat of COVID-19 means that action on personal protective equipment, levels of staff and testing was required immediately.

Crosses were placed for the 50 residents who lost their lives due to COVID-19 at Camilla Care Community in Mississauga, Ontario. (Mark Bochsler / CBC)

“Public inquiries are important, but they take years,” said Donna Duncan, CEO of the OLTCA, in a statement.

“We need to focus on immediate solutions to protect our residents and the frontline heroes who care for them – and then reflect thoughtfully on the long-standing systemic issues that COVID-19 has highlighted.”

Duncan said the workforce was already low before the pandemic, but the lack of personal protective equipment has exacerbated the problem by leaving workers vulnerable.

She also asked the province to continue to prioritize testing in long-term care homes and allow staff flexibility through emergency orders.

“There is no simple solution, but we know that we cannot wait any longer to resolve the immediate problems and begin to solve the larger, historic structural and systemic problems. This important work can only be done in collaboration with the government, all parties and our unions. and other health system partners like hospitals, “said Duncan.

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