Coronavirus: latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on October 1

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Here are the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Thursday:

Scotiabank Arena to not host U.S. voter registration due to COVID-19

The Scotiabank Arena will not be used for voter registration for the November 3 U.S. presidential election due to concerns about COVID-19.

The Toronto Raptors had planned to open their arena for Americans living in Toronto to register to vote, but announced Thursday that due to the global pandemic, the growing number of cases in Toronto and Ontario and the restrictions on indoor gatherings, registration to vote will not be required. in person.

Team officials urged voters to apply for their ballots online.

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Toronto Raptors say Scotiabank Arena will not host US voter registration due to COVID-19

Ontario Revises School Screening Guidelines

The Ontario government has revised its guidelines for screening students and guardians.

Officials said the changes were made “based on a review of current evidence and consultation with pediatric infectious disease experts.”

If a child develops symptoms, including fever or cough, they should stay home until they get a different diagnosis from a doctor or a negative coronavirus test result.

If they develop other symptoms usually associated with different illnesses, such as a runny nose or headache, they should stay home for 24 hours and may return to school or daycare if symptoms fail. improve. People with two or more symptoms are advised to stay home until they get a different diagnosis or a negative coronavirus test.

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Ontario government revises guidelines for screening schools and daycares

Ontario Announces Wage Increase for PSWs

Ontario says it will give pay increases to personal support workers across the healthcare system in a bid to recruit and retain them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premier Doug Ford says approximately 147,000 workers in long-term care, hospitals and community care are eligible for the increase.

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Ontario Personal Support Workers Get Salary Increase to Boost Pandemic Recruitment Efforts

Ontario reports 538 cases, 3 deaths

Ontario reported 538 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 52,248.

This marks a drop from Wednesday, which saw 625 reported cases.

“Locally, there are 229 new cases in Toronto, 101 in Peel, 66 in Ottawa and 43 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.

Elliott said the province has performed more than 39,600 additional tests. Ontario has now completed a total of 3,963,111 tests. However, the backlog now stands at 82,473 people.

Three more deaths were also reported Thursday, bringing the death toll in the province to 2,851.

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Ontario Reports 538 New Coronavirus Cases, 3 More Deaths

COVID-19 in Ontario Schools and Daycares

Government figures show that there have been a total of 448 school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario – 233 among students and 83 among staff (132 people have not been identified). This represents an increase of 65 more cases from the previous day.

COVID-19 cases currently affect 307 of the province’s 4,828 schools.

There have been a total of 144 confirmed cases in daycares and homes – an increase of 8 from the previous day.

With files from the Canadian Press

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