Coronavirus: latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on November 17


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

State of Business in the Greater Toronto Area

Ontario reported a total of 1,249 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

From these:

  • 569 in Toronto
  • 256 in Peel region
  • 94 in York Region
  • 69 in Durham Region
  • 58 in Halton Region

Ontario government plans to extend winter school vacations

Ontario students could benefit from an extended winter break or start distance education in the new year as the province considers ways to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 after the holidays.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce said he was talking to health officials and was “looking for solutions that could include an out-of-school period” in early January, but did not not yet made a decision.

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Ontario government plans to extend winter school vacations amid coronavirus pandemic

Ontario Reports 1,249 COVID-19 Cases Tuesday

Ontario reported 1,249 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the provincial total to 96,745.

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The death toll in the province rose to 3,383 as 12 more deaths were reported.

Over 26,400 tests have been processed in the past 24 hours. The resolved cases increased by 1,135 from the previous day.

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Ontario Long-Term Care Homes

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, 2,092 deaths have been reported among residents and patients of long-term care homes across Ontario, representing an increase of 11 deaths.

There are currently 108 outbreaks in homes, an increase of one.

The ministry also said there are currently 700 active cases among long-term care residents and 524 active cases among staff – down from 16 cases and nine cases respectively on the last day.

Ontario Child Care Centers and Schools

Meanwhile, government figures show there have been a total of 3,518 school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario – 1,985 among students and 445 among staff (1,088 people have not identified). This is an increase of 133 more cases from the previous day.

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COVID-19 cases currently affect 670 of the province’s 4,828 schools. A school in Ontario is currently closed due to positive cases, the government said.

There have been a total of 614 confirmed cases in daycares and homes – an increase of 20 (12 child cases and eight staff cases). Of 5,247 daycares in Ontario, 124 currently have cases and 20 centers are closed.

Ontario Announces Additional Funding to Expand Mobile Crisis Services to Respond to Mental Health Emergencies

On Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford announced more than $ 37 million will go towards expanding Mobile Crisis Teams to assist the justice system and police forces with mental health emergencies across the province due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, the government has said it will seek to identify new tools and programs to support the mental health and well-being of frontline workers.

“Ontario police officers respond to tens of thousands of mental health calls per year and we need to make sure they have the right training, as well as the additional support of mental health professionals to respond to them. these calls and save lives, ”said Ford. .

“The expansion of our mobile crisis services will help people in crisis get the mental health support they need, while ensuring that our police officers and their community partners can work more effectively together and stay safe while dealing with these. types of calls, ”he added.

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With files from the Canadian Press

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