COVID-19 Newsbrief – Monday, May 25th

BRANTFORD – The Brant County Health Unit is reporting 1 new COVID-19 related death after several weeks, and 1 new case of the novel coronavirus Monday, May 25th. This brings the total death toll in Brantford-Brant to 4, and the area’s total number of patients who have tested positive for the disease to 108, including 93 recoveries. Currently, 4 of the patients are in the hospital, and 7 are self-isolating at home. The Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit is reporting 1 new case of COVID-19. There have been a total of 210 patients, 31 deaths and 93 recoveries.

For the fifth day in a row, Ontario’s COVID-19 case count has risen above 400. Health officials reported 404 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday and 29 more deaths. That brings the total number of patients in Ontario to 25-thousand 904 including 2-thousand 102 deaths and 19-thousand 698 recoveries.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care has issued Mandatory Management Orders appointing local hospitals to temporarily manage two long term care homes for the next 90 days. Southlake Regional Health Centre will temporarily manage River Glen Haven Nursing Home in Sutton, and Humber River hospital will temporarily manage Downsview Long Term Care in North York. Despite receiving hospital support for weeks, the two homes have been unable to contain the spread of COVID-19. The government will be enabling a rigorous management structure to help contain the spread of the disease and help return the homes to normal operations.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his government intends to move forward on talks with the province and territories to ensure every worker in Canada who needs it, can access 10 days of paid sick leave a year. The announcement came after the NDP gave its support for Monday’s motion on how the rest of the spring session will be structured, contingent on a more robust commitment to paid sick leave for all Canadians. Trudeau says he will be discussing with the premiers, a way to ensure that as Canada enters the recovery phase of the pandemic, those who need to stay home can without penalty.

Several tickets were issued at Trinity Bellwoods Park Saturday after people were spotted urinating and defecating in the driveways and backyards of nearby homes. Thousands of people flocked to the park, ignoring physical distancing rules, and disobeying the province’s emergency order banning gatherings of more than 5 people. Four tickets were issued to visitors of the park who allegedly disobeyed the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders, and officers issued tickets for disorderly conduct. Enforcement has been ramped up at the park to ensure the situation is not repeated.

Operations have been halted at the world’s deepest operational mine after 164 workers tested positive for COVID-19. AngloGold Ashanti says it stopped work at the gold mine in South Africa after learning the workers tested positive and a handful of test results have yet to be processed. The company says most of those who tested positive had not shown symptoms, and those who have COVID-19 will be placed in isolation while the workplace and key infrastructure undergo a thorough cleaning.