The COVID19 numbers this weekend were definitely higher than the province wants to see them. On Saturday 138 new cases were reported and yesterday it was 137 new ones. Both days, nearly 60% of the new infections were in adults under 40-years old. The good news is almost 60,000 tests were processed and Ontario has now surpassed the two million tested mark.
Police are calling it “disheartening.” They say bylaw officers broke up a 200-person house party in Brampton over the weekend. Peel Police say numerous neighbours called to complain about the event. A spokesperson for the City of Brampton says the organizer was fined $880-dollars, because the event violated provincial emergency orders spurred by the COVID19 pandemic.
I can confirm #Brampton by law officers laid charges on the propety owners. The matter will be going to court. Maximum penalty is $100,000. Reckless behavior is expensive. @CityBrampton @PeelPolice https://t.co/zF2cSxWFIW
— Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownont) July 27, 2020
More Childcare Spaces:
The number of kids in child-care centres is allowed to increase across Ontario today as the province continues its gradual reopening. The number of people per room in a daycare had previously been limited to 10 in an effort to stop the spread of COVID19. As of today, a maximum of 15 children — plus staff members — will be allowed in each cohort. The groups of kids must stay together throughout the program for at least seven days, and cannot mix with kids in different cohorts.
Our kids deserve modern, safe, and updated schools to inspire learning. That’s why we are investing over $500 million to support the construction of new schools, major renovations and nearly 900 new licensed child care spaces. #BuildingSchools pic.twitter.com/Fb4yYozUjO
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) July 26, 2020
Opposition to Requiring Migrant Testing:
A group representing migrant workers is criticizing a proposal to mandate COVID19 tests on farms in southwestern Ontario. Chris Ramsaroop of Justice for Migrant Workers says mandatory testing will lead to — quote — “criminalization and heightened surveillance” of the workers. But Premier Ford and the medical officer of health in Windsor-Essex say they’re considering the measure. Farms have been hard hit by the coronavirus in recent weeks. Officials announced Friday that Windsor-Essex now has the highest rate of COVID19 in the province.
Quebec is reporting 169 new cases of COVID19 in addition to one new death linked to the virus. The province now has a nation-high 58,583 confirmed cases and 5,667 deaths. There has been an average of 160 cases a day for the past week. The province has seen a steady decline in the number of patients in hospital, with that number dropping by nine to 197. Of those, 10 are in intensive care, a decrease of two.
Newfoundland and Labrador Infection:
Health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador are reporting a new case of COVID19. They say a woman — between the ages of 20 and 39 — tested positive for the virus in the province’s Central Health region. She’s believed to be a close contact of a previous case. Four COVID19 cases are now considered active in the province, after three cases were reported last week.
Healthy Florida Girl Dies:
A healthy 9-year-old girl died this month after catching the coronavirus, becoming the youngest person in Florida to succumb to the illness. Kimora “Kimmie” Lynum died in her sleep at her Gainesville home on the night of July 17. “She was a happy child, but she didn’t even get to live her life,” cousin Dejeon Cain said. Family members said the girl did not have any underlying health conditions when she came down with a raging fever.
Research on Droplets:
A Florida Atlantic University study found that bandanas allowed cough droplets to fly three feet while fitted cloth masks stop them a 2.5 inches.
Universal Studios Cancels Annual Halloween Event:
Universal Studios in Orlando has officially said “Boo!” on 2020 as they made the difficult decision to cancel their biggest annual event: October’s popular Halloween Horror Nights. This year would have been the 30th anniversary for the late-night fright fest, wherein costumed guests and Universal staffers go on parade. Florida has become the state with second-highest number of COVID-19 cases after it recorded more than 414,000 infections, surpassing New York, as President Donald Trump boasts that he saved tens of thousands of lives by banning people from China earlier this year. The Florida Department of Health reported 12,199 new cases Saturday, bringing the state’s total since March 1 to 414,511 cases. Florida surpassed New York State’s 411,200 cases and is now trailing only California in having the nation’s largest caseload. California has reported more than 448,000 cases with at least 8,429 deaths.
— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) July 24, 2020
COVID19 Testing in Kids:
Getting a COVID19 test isn’t pleasant for anyone, but it can be particularly scary for children. Now a microbiologist and his six-year-old daughter have teamed up in a video to show kids the procedure, to help ease those fears. In the video — made in partnership with B.C. Children’s Hospital — Dr. David Goldfarb holds his daughter Ella as a nurse inserts the long swab into her nose. Goldfarb says he thought kids might be less frightened if they saw what the test involved, and how another child reacted.
Hong Kong Closing Down Restaurants Again:
Hong Kong is set to ban dining at restaurants entirely and mandate masks in all public places. The decisions follows a worsening COVID19 outbreak that has infected more than a thousand people in the last two weeks. Officials say the tightened measures will be active for one week starting Wednesday. A ban on public gatherings of more than four people has also been tightened, with gatherings limited to just two people.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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