Afternoon News: Thursday, October 22, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 70 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases, and another death related to the virus Thursday.

The number of active cases has dropped once again. It’s down to 675. 6, 296 cases have been recorded throughout the pandemic, with 5201 resolved, and 309 deaths related to the virus.


Public Health is reporting two new outbreaks at local schools.

Ecole Elementaire Catholique Montfort is dealing with its second outbreak, with one case confirmed at the school. Six cases have been confirmed at All Saints High School. Outbreaks continue at ten different schools in our city.

COVID-19 Ontario:

There are 841 new cases, and nine new deaths due to the virus across Ontario.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario has reached 67527, with 3071 deaths, and 58066 cases resolved.

Public Health Offering Flu Shot Clinics:

Ottawa Public Health can help, if you have not been able to get your flu shot yet.

It’s launching six, by appointment-only flu shot clinics, that will begin operations on Thursday, October 29. Click here to book an appointment. OPH is aiming for a 70 per cent flu shot rate this year, to ease the burden on hospitals dealing with COVID-19 patients.

Preston Street Fire:

It’s not clear what sparked a fire on Preston Street in Little Italy Thursday.

Ottawa Fire crews were called to the building around 11:00 am, and managed to get everyone out safely. They were able to knock down the flames just over half an hour later.

Permanent Injunction in McKenzie Meadows Development:

An Ontario judge has ordered demonstrators to permanently leave a construction site at the centre of an Indigenous land dispute.

Justice John Harper says he was issuing a permanent injunction after hearing arguments from Haldimand County and Foxgate Developments in the legal battle over the McKenzie Meadows housing development. Demonstrators argue that the development near Caledonia and Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation is on unceded Indigenous land.

Protesters have been occupying the site for months, and provincial police say 33 people have been arrested in connection with the demonstration.

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