Afternoon News: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 22 more COVID-19 cases, as well as one more death, Tuesday.

The City has recorded 1824 cases, and 202 deaths, during the pandemic.

78 per cent of local patients infected have since recovered.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario reported its largest growth rate of COVID-19 cases in a week and a half Tuesday morning, with an increase of 1.9 per cent over Monday.

There are 427 new cases and 15 more deaths in the province. That brings the totals to 23,384 cases, 1,919 deaths and 17,898 cases that have been resolved.

Schools To Remain Closed:

Ontario schools will stay closed for the rest of the school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premier Doug Ford says the safety of children is his top priority, and at-home learning will continue. Education Minister Stephen Lecce says he will announce a plan for reopening schools in September before the end of June.

He says Ontario is working hard to ensure that child care centres can reopen once the province gets to its second stage of reopening. Ford also says that overnight camps will not go ahead this summer, but day camps will, with strict public health measures in place.

Border To Remain Closed:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the border with the U-S is a source of vulnerability when it comes to the risk of importing cases of COVID-19.

He confirmed Tuesday the mutual ban on non-essential border crossings has been extended for another 30 days. However, he says Ottawa is looking into what measures will need to be taken to safely end restrictions on international travel.

The U-S has more than 1.5 million active cases of COVID-19 — 42 per cent of the world’s active caseload.

First Nation Concerned With Hydro Work:

A court injunction is ordering members of a Manitoba First Nation who are worried about the spread of COVID-19 to remove a blockade set up at a hydroelectric construction site.

Manitoba Hydro says there’s a plan to safely resume work rotations at the Keeyask Generating site while protecting people. Tataskweyak Cree Nation Band Councillor Nathan Neckoway says workers come in from all over the country and there’s a risk they bring the deadly virus.

Over 500 employees and contractors have been at the site for eight weeks and Manitoba Hydro says they need to be rotated out.

Shooting Suspect Wanted:

Ottawa Police are asking you to be on the lookout for a man wanted in connection with a shooting in Cyrville that we told you about earlier this month.

Brandon Desjarlais, 2o, is wanted on several charges, including unauthorized possession of a firearm, Assault with a weapon, aggravated assault, and reckless discharge of a firearm.

Call Police 613-236-1222, ext. 5050 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 if you spot him.

The charges stem from a shooting involving two moving vehicles, back on the night of Friday, May 1, near St. Laurent Blvd. and Lemieux Street that left one man in hospital with life-threatening injuries.


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