Afternoon News: Thursday, July 16, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

The City of Ottawa is getting set to move into Phase 3 of the Province’s Reopening plan Friday, but we got a reminder Thursday that COVID-19 is still very much in our community.

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 15 new confirmed cases Thursday, the largest single-day increase in cases since late May, sending the city’s total to 2,182 since the start of the pandemic. 84 per cent of patients have since recovered.

It’s now been three weeks since the city recorded its last death related to the Novel Coronavirus. That total remains at 263.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario is reporting 111 new cases of COVID-19 and five new deaths related to the virus Thursday.

The total number of cases now stands at 37,163, which includes 2,737 deaths and 33,061 cases marked as resolved. The number of resolved cases grew by 141 Thursday, outpacing the number of new cases.

Pop-Up Testing Site Opens in Heron Gate:

Residents in Ottawa’s Heron Gate community have another option when it comes to getting tested for COVID-19.

A pop-up testing site has been set up on Cedarwood Drive, with testing set to be carried out Thursday and Friday. The Alta Vista area has the largest COVID-19 rate in the city, according to Ottawa Public Health.

Community Centre Evacuated:

Ottawa Fire Crews evacuated the Lowertown Community Resource Centre late Thursday morning in response to a chlorine leak.

They were called to the building on Cobourg Street around 11:00 am, and managed to get everyone out safely, though the 20-30 people inside reported eye and throat irritation. The source of the leak was identified and crews are monitoring the levels to ensure a safe return.

Cumberland By-election Set:

Cumberland Ward residents will elect their next City Councilor October 5.

Council has confirmed details of a by-election, with an option to vote by mail-in ballot for those at a higher risk of developing COVID-19.

The winner of the by-election will replace Stephen Blais, who is now the MPP for Orleans.

Human Rights Groups Fight To Protect COVID-19 Data:

Human-rights groups are fighting the sharing of a person’s positive COVID-19 test results with police.

The Ontario government passed an emergency order in April granting police access to the data. Groups including Aboriginal Legal Services and Canadian Civil Liberties Association say the measure violates rights to privacy and equality.

Judge Considers Treatment Of Indigenous People in Sentencing:

A Manitoba judge said core issues affecting Indigenous people are not being addressed sufficiently or urgently enough, n sentencing a young man who pleaded guilty to fatally beating his mother.

Justice Chris Martin sentenced Anthony McKay of the Berens River First Nation to two years in prison and three years’ probation. Martin says Indigenous people have been affected by colonization, residential schools, the ’60 Scoop and a loss of autonomy over their lives and families, leaving many in this generation and the next at risk.

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