Afternoon News: Monday, April 6, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Two more Ottawa residents have died from COVID-19.

There have been six deaths in our city related to the virus. We are now up to 370 confirmed cases in the capital, with 25 new cases reported Monday.

Three of fatalities were men, the other three women. Five of them were 65 years of age or older.

Part-Time City Employees Put on Emergency Leave:

Mayor Jim Watson has suggested the pandemic is costing the city about $1-million in revenue per day.

He shared the figure while announcing that roughly 4,000 part-time city staff are being placed on emergency leave of absence, which will allow them to apply for federal financial help.

Watson also announced the city is extending the closure of facilities, as well as the suspension of city services and any approvals for large gatherings until the end of June, adding that it’s likely that Canada Day festivities will be scrapped as well.

Mental Health Clinic:

There is another resource available for those struggling with mental health during the pandemic.

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre’s C-Prompt will offer psychotherapy, assessments, and more, with most appointments happening by video conference or over the phone. The goal is to ensure that urgent needs don’t become emergencies.

Quebec Police On Bridges:

Gatineau Police say they turned around about 10 per cent of vehicles trying to cross the Ottawa River over the weekend.

Police have been setting up random checkpoints at bridge crossings, in an effort to stop non-essential travel between Ontario and Quebec. The force says it stopped about 5,000-6,000 vehicles per day.

Province Running Low on Protective Gear:

Premier Doug Ford says recent restrictions on shipments at the United States border have left the province with just one more week’s worth of personal protective equipment for health-care workers.

Ford says a shipment of nearly three million masks was held up at the U.S. border over the weekend. In a statement Monday, he says Ontario is ramping up its own production of personal protective equipment, but most of those supplies are weeks away from being in the hands of front-line health workers.

Ontario Numbers:

Thirteen new deaths due to COVID-19 are being reported Monday in Ontario as part of 309 new cases. There have now been a total of 4,347 cases in the province, including 1,624 resolved and 132 deaths.

Eabametoong Case Confirmed:

A northern Ontario health authority serving remote Indigenous communities says COVID-19 has surfaced in its territory for the first time.

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority says the patient lives on the Eabametoong First Nation, roughly 300 kilometres north of Thunder Bay. It says the development, while not entirely unexpected, is troubling given the limited resources available to remote Indigenous communities.

Top Doctor Comments on Masks: 

Canada’s top public-health doctor, Dr. Theresa Tam, says wearing cloth face masks is a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

That’s a change from previous advice, and Tam says there is increasing evidence that people with the virus can spread it without knowing they’re sick. She says masks worn this way protect others more than they protect the people wearing them, and people should still practice physical distancing and regular hand washing.

 

 

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