Afternoon News: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is reporting thirteen new confirmed, COVID-19 cases Wednesday.

That sends the city’s total throughout the pandemic to 2,669, with 150 active cases, and 84 per cent of patients recovered. No new deaths related to the virus were reported, leaving that number at 264.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Across Ontario there are 95 new cases and one death related to the coronavirus Wednesday.

There are 134 cases newly marked as resolved, continuing a trend of resolved cases outpacing new cases. Throughout the pandemic Ontario has recorded 40,289 cases, with 36,590 marked as resolved and 2,787 deaths.

Another OC Transpo Driver Tests Positive:

A second OC Transpo Bus Driver has tested positive for COVID-19.

This driver’s last shift was last Friday (August 7). The driver served Laurier, Billings Bridge, Hurdman, Greenboro, Hunt Club, St. Laurent and Parliament Stations. As was the case with the driver who tested positive earlier this week, health officials are working to contact anyone who may have come into close contact with this one last Thursday (August 6) or Friday.

Federal Government Tops Up Indigenous Community Support Fund:

The federal government is pumping an additional $305-million into the Indigenous community support fund to help Indigenous Peoples combat COVID-19.

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the money will help communities prepare for emergencies and prevent the spread of the virus, but it can also be used for a variety of other needs.

To date, there have been 425 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on reserves, but the government says the numbers don’t reflect the true impact because many Indigenous people live off-reserve.

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