Afternoon News: Monday, June 29, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is reporting three new COVID-19 cases Monday.

That takes the city’s total number of confirmed cases up to 2086, with 85 per cent of those patients now recovered. No new deaths were reported, so that number stays at 263.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario reported 257 new cases of COVID-19 and seven new deaths related to the virus Monday.

The total number of cases now stands at 34,911, which includes 30,196 cases marked as resolved and 2,665 deaths. The Ministry of Health says it was able to complete more than 27,000 tests for the novel coronavirus Sunday.

COVID-19 Kingston:

Five more people have tested positive in an outbreak related to a Kingston nail salon.

KFL&A Public Health says a total of 27 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus are linked to Binh’s Nail and Spa. A worker at a different salon was in close contact with a staff member at Binh’s, and they have also tested positive.

Paid Parking Returning To Local Hospitals:

The days of free parking at local hospitals are coming to an end.

The Ottawa Hospital says that, with more in-person clinics opening up, it will resume paid parking on Wednesday. Paid parking will return to CHEO and Montfort Hospital the next day.

CO Leak At Amazon Warehouse:

It’s not clear what caused a Carbon Monoxide leak that has shut down parts of Amazon’s Ottawa Distribution Centre.

Ottawa Fire was called to the building on Boundary Road around 3:30 am Monday, and managed to evacuate 80 people working at the time.

Amazon crews are still working to determine the source of the leak.

Tow Truck Probe Launched:

Ontario is setting up a task force that will examine ways to reform the province’s tow truck industry.

Today’s announcement comes as at least two police forces conduct major investigations linked to tow truck operations.

One probe by the Toronto Police has already resulted in charges against 11 people including one of the force’s own officers, while another led by York Regional Police has dismantled several alleged organized crime rings and resulted in charges including murder.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Support Indigenous Women With Donation:

Movie stars Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are donating $200,000 to an institute at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia to help promote Indigenous women’s leadership.

The donation by the star couple is to kick-start the Coady Institute’s goal of raising $1,000,000 for its International Centre for Women’s Leadership.

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