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Roumeliotis, when asked if sports teams would be affected by the new measures, replied: “No, not at this stage.
The backdrop to the announcement was a dramatic increase in the cumulative number of cases in the catchment area: to 522, from 476, listed on the BSEO webpage. However, Roumeliotis said the actual count was 533, as 11 cases would not be in the system until some point this weekend.
He said most of the most recent cases were in a long-term care home in Hawkesbury, where case data showed a jump of 34 cases since Thursday. Other increases included four at Clarence-Rockland, five at Alfred & Plantagenet, one at Champlain, one at Russell, and one at South Glengarry.
Regarding his new measures under section 22 of the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act, Roumeliotis said they would affect some businesses, “but these are not closures. We will not close them. We want this to be clear. ”
He said the measures would mimic the Oct. 2 rules that affected Toronto, Peel and Ottawa, before those areas became red zones and stronger measures were put in place.
BSEO’s local state updates and statistics changed on Friday afternoon to show 200 active cases in the region, with seven patients hospitalized, including two in ICUs. Other Friday figures provided by Roumeliotis included 16 positive cases in 13 schools in the region.