Ontario records 7th death, one-day jump of 85 COVID-19 cases

Katie Ramirez
March 26, 2020

"To all the snowbirds and the Canadians returning home from overseas, you must self-isolate".

For the rest of the cases in the province, other confirmed locations include Wellington Dufferin Guelph, York, Peel, Halton, Porcupine District, Durham, London, Hamilton, Simcoe Muskoka, Kingston, Hastings Prince Edward, Halliburton, Niagara, York, Timiskaming, and Peterborough.

Dr. Williams was asked about reports of some long-term care homes not enforcing social distancing between long-term care residents. The facilities were already restricting non-essential visits.

In an update Tuesday morning, officials reported 85 new confirmed cases of the virus, the highest number reported in one day.

Seven of the cases in Toronto contracted the virus through close contact, while others contracted it from recent travel to the US, UK, and Spain.

There are 10,489 cases under investigation, and 24,458 are negative.

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The group's call comes after Premier Doug Ford deemed much of the construction industry as an essential service and exempt from a forced business shutdown.

To come up with the list, the government consulted with "a couple hundred people", including business associations, labour leaders, the public service and cabinet, Ford said. Items can be taken off or added. The World Health Organization has said widespread testing is needed to curb the pandemic, but global demand has outpaced the supply of the specific chemicals needed.

Businesses that support IT infrastructure service providers, power generation, natural gas distribution and clean drinking water will also stay open. "The health of your friends, your children, and your grandparents depend on this".

More than half who said they had lost work said their employers were not compensating them and as many said trying to get employment insurance had proven hard.

The company said it made the decision "in the interests of safeguarding the health and safety of our customers, employees and business partners", though it is committed to getting customers into their homes "as quickly as conditions permit".

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