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Afternoon News: Tuesday, August 11, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is reporting just six new confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday, a sharp drop from yesterday’s increase of 21.

2,656 cases have been confirmed here throughout the pandemic- 146 of those are active, while 84 per cent of patients have recovered. No new deaths related to the virus have been reported for more than two weeks now, with that number staying at 264.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Across Ontario there are just 33 new cases Tuesday, the lowest increase in months, but the province’s health minister attributes part of the drop to “routine data clean-up.”

Christine Elliott says Toronto Public Health removed 21 cases, including some duplicates, from its total. The province’s total case count is now 40,194, with 36,456 marked as resolved and 2,786 deaths.

West Nile Virus Detected In Ottawa:

Protect yourself from mosquito bites, and remove any source of standing water around your home.

Ottawa Public Health has issued those reminders after confirming that a mosquito from a local pool has tested positive for West Nile Virus. No human cases of the virus have been reported.

Click here for more details on how to protect yourself from West Nile.

Russel Man Electrocuted On The Job:

The Ontario Provincial police are investigating a sudden death in Russell Township.

They responded after a man, 22, was electrocuted at work. Police have identified the man as Michael Attfield, from Russell.

Recipients Announced For Urban Indigenous Pandemic Assistance:

We now know which organizations will benefit from $24.6-million in federal funding, intended to assist Indigenous Peoples in urban centres.

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller has announced the money will be shared by the National Association of Friendship Centres, The 2 Spirits in Motion Society, and the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.

These organizations are expected to support Urban Indigenous Peoples with things like food security, housing, and mental health services.

In a release, Miller says, “As COVID-19 continues to affect Canadians across the country, I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the critical work of these Indigenous organisations who have provided holistic and culturally-appropriate services and programming to Indigenous Peoples during this pandemic. Their hard work and dedication has ensured that the unique needs of First Nations living off reserve and Indigenous Peoples in urban areas are supported during this crisis.”

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