Afternoon News: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa has surpassed 400 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

33 new cases have been reported Tuesday, bringing the city’s total to 403. Ottawa Public Health says another outbreak has been reported at the Montfort Hospital, following the discovery of a similar outbreak at the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus on the weekend.

Similar outbreaks are also now being reported at The Ottawa Hospital General Campus, and Manoir Marochel.

COVID-19 Ontario:

The number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario is climbing, but at a slower rate than last week.

The province is reporting 379 new cases of the virus and 21 deaths. That brings the provincial totals to more than 4,700 confirmed cases, including 153 deaths and more than 1,800 cases that have been resolved.

Meanwhile, Premier Doug Ford says the first made-in-Ontario face masks are ready for use. The announcement comes one day after the premier warned that Ontario would run out of personal protective equipment in one week.

Ford was at Woodbridge’s manufacturing facility in Vaughan today where the first 1,000 Level Three masks were produced.

Provincial Government Health Care Portal:

Ontario has created an online portal to help link health care workers to jobs responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premier Doug Ford announced the creation of the website today saying it will help bolster the province’s workforce during the pandemic. Ford says the website will increase the province’s front line capacity in hospitals, clinics, and assessment centres.

He says the province has many health professionals who want to lend a hand but don’t know where they’re most needed. The province says the jobs will be paid and will match students, foreign-trained medical professionals and retirees with jobs.

Click here to access the portal.

COVID-19 Quebec:

Quebec Premier Francois Legault says the province has recorded 29 additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 150.

There are now 9,340 confirmed cases of the disease in the province, an increase of 760 from Monday. For the second straight day, the premier pointed to the low number of new cases requiring hospitalization as an encouraging sign.

Federal Equipment Purchase:

Canada has ordered 30,000 new ventilators from companies across the country, as well as more than 230,000,000 surgical masks and 75,000,000 N-95 respirator masks from domestic and foreign firms.

A shipment of 500,000 N-95 masks from Minnesota-based 3-M is set to arrive Wednesday in Ontario.

Jazz Festival Cancelled:

Another major Ottawa Festival has been forced to cancel.

Ottawa Jazz Festival, which was set for June 19-July 1, will not be happening this year, as the city announced Monday that permits for large events scheduled up to the end of June would be canceled. Mavis Staples, BadBadNotGood and more were scheduled to perform this year.


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