Coronavirus Canada updates: Two more schools declare COVID-19 outbreaks; 65 new cases in all of Ottawa

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Coronavirus Canada Updates: Scarborough General, Toronto Rehab declare COVID-19 outbreaks The restrictions were first put in place for Toronto, Peel and Ottawa on Friday, but have now been extended after the province recorded 407 new cases on Saturday — the most in a 24-hour stretch since June 2. It also comes a day after Ontario recorded 402 cases. Previously, gathering limits were set at 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. “Folks, the alarm bells are ringing,” said Ford on Saturday. “Too much of it is being tied to people who aren’t following the rules, people who think it's OK to hold parties, carrying on as if things are back to normal. They aren't. ... We can't have these wild parties right now. It's just way, way too risky.” For those who organize a gathering that exceeds the new limit, they can face a minimum fine of $10,000 under the current emergency orders. If you're caught going to one of these parties, “you can get slapped with a $750 fine,” said Ford. These new restrictions do not apply to events held in facilities such as movie theatres, restaurants, banquet halls, places of worship, gyms, or convention centers.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) says Franco Ouest Catholic High School and Gabrielle Roy Public School are both now dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks, as each has two students who have tested positive for the virus.

Montfort Catholic Elementary School (one student, one staff member COVID-19 positive) and Monsignor Paul Baxter School (two students, two staff COVID-19 positive) are also still part of OPH’s institutional outbreak list.

On Tuesday, Ottawa’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches said 34 schools in the city had at least one positive case in a student or staff member.

Meanwhile, OPH is reporting 65 new cases of COVID-19 in the city, Wednesday.

The number of active cases of the virus in Ottawa is up to 545.

Local COVID-19 hospitalizations are up slightly to 13, with three in intensive care.

OPH is reporting one death linked to the virus, Wednesday, but it is one of the 11 reported earlier this week by West End Villa long-term care.

Ottawa’s overall COVID-19 death toll has reached 280.

There have been 3,837 lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the city since March, with 2,954 of them resolved.

Ontario is reporting 335 cases of COVID-19, Wednesday, after more than 35,400 tests were completed.

Minister of Health Christine Elliott says, of Wednesday’s reported cases, 69 per cent of people testing positive are under the age of 40.

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