Afternoon News: Thursday, October 8, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 183 new COVID-19 cases, and another death related to the virus, Thursday.

That’s the highest single day case increase in the Capital during the pandemic. The city has now recorded 5,153 cases, 879 are active, while 3978 are resolved. 296 people in the Capital have now died from complications related to the virus.

COVID-19 Ontario:

The province has recorded its largest single day case increase- with 797 confirmed.

There are also four new deaths related to the virus. 56, 742 cases have been reported in Ontario during the pandemic, with 2,992 deaths, and 48,308 resolved.

School Closed Due to Outbreak:

Another local school has been forced to close for two weeks due to an outbreak.

Classes at Ecole Secondaire Catholique Franco-Cite are moving online, though the regular class schedule will continue. Twelve students and staff at the school have tested positive, with an outbreak declared on Sunday.

Minister To Meet With Indigenous Leaders:

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says he’s convening a high-level meeting with Indigenous leaders to tackle systemic racism in health care as communities deal with the second wave of the pandemic.

Miller says the risk that Indigenous people won’t seek care or an eventual vaccine is real if the problems within the health care system are not dealt with.

Meanwhile, there are 123 active cases in First Nations communities as of Wednesday. There is a total of 768 confirmed cases since March, with great fear that the current outbreaks will be worse than the spring’s.

Brockville Police To Be Charged:

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit is recommending charges be laid against two Brockville Police officers who responded to a dispute call back on May 19.

The two officers allegedly had an altercation with a man, 59, who suffered serious injuries prior to his arrest. Constables Jordan Latham and Adam McNish are due in court on October 23 on one count each of assault causing bodily harm.

Arrests Made in Michigan Governor Kidnap Plot:

Documents unsealed in US Federal Court reveal a plot to kidnap Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer at her vacation home.

A criminal complaint says six men plotted for months, consulting and training with militias, and even rehearsing their plan. One said he needed 200 men to storm the Capitol building in Lansing and take hostages, including the governor, and try Whitmer for “treason.”

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