COVID-19: Province strengthens virus management and research staff; MacLeod says restrictions on restaurants and gyms will remain; 45 new cases in Ottawa

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“Whenever we make these decisions, we obviously have to consider the risks and the benefits. And still, there are people who say we should have closed them earlier, and there are people who say we should not have closed them. We are therefore trying to achieve the best possible balance, when it comes to preventing the transmission of COVID-19, while minimizing the economic impact.

“It’s a tough situation for everyone, we recognize that, but it’s not like I can say, ‘Well, it’s not because your gym hasn’t had an outbreak. , there is no problem.’ It’s the type of framework and the way people interact, that’s the problem. ”

The public health measures team will meet later this week, Yaffe said, and they will look at data from all of Ontario’s public health units and see if further changes are needed.

Ontario reported 721 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Toronto, with 270 cases, and Peel Region, with 170, continue to be the hardest hit, as does York Region, which has reported 79.

There are now 231 people hospitalized for the disease in Ontario, including 64 in ICUs and 35 on ventilators. The province reported no new deaths on Wednesday.

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Ottawa Public Health reported 45 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and no new deaths.

There are now 769 active cases across the city and 48 Ottawans hospitalized for the disease, including 10 in the ICU.

A new outbreak at a healthcare / collective accommodation facility was reported on Wednesday, currently involving a staffing case at the Royal Garden nursing home, and bringing the number of ongoing outbreaks in the area to 45. Two new outbreaks in schools or daycares were also reported. reported.

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