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COVID-19: Ontario reports 805 new cases as test numbers rise

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In Ottawa, ServiceOttawa reported a worker at the agency’s Laurier Street client centre had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The employee’s last day of work was Thursday, and they were self-isolating at home since then.

Meanwhile, another staff member at the Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home operated by the city has tested positive, general manager Donna Gray in a memo to city council on Friday evening.

That brought to 12 the number of staff with active COVID-19 at four city-run care homes. One resident has also tested positive, the memo said.

This shows cases at city-owned long term care homes as of Oct. 16.

During outbreaks, residents are placed in isolation. Designated caregivers can still visit.

Ottawa Public Health reported Friday that there had been 47 outbreaks at health care and community living establishments and 26 outbreaks at child-care or education institutions.

Quebec

Quebec reported 1,279 new cases in the last day, bringing the total to 92,297 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.

There were 15 new deaths added, although one had occurred in the 24 hours before the report. The others occurred earlier this month, but had not be sent to the central operation.

There have been 6,032 deaths in Quebec overall.

Ten more people have been hospitalized, for a total of 517 patients.

The Outaouais region reported 45 new cases, bringing its total to 2,008. The death toll was unchanged at 34.

Late Saturday afternoon, the City of Gatineau announced the closure of the building at the Mont-Bleu sports complex after confirming that a staff member there had tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual, who remained in isolation Saturday, had last worked at the sports complex on Friday, a media release from the city said.

The building would remain closed until further notice, the release said, but it added that the outdoor area of the complex remained open “for free practice of individual or duo activities, in compliance with health instructions.”

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