“Our ability to make up this ground is in your control,” the hospital officials said. “We must all do everything we can to keep down the level of COVID-19 in the community. Failure to do so will lead to staffing and bed shortages, which will force us to cancel surgeries, diagnostics and other in-person care appointments, once again. These appointments could be yours, your parents’ or your own child’s. We don’t want that.
“If COVID-19 cases rise too high, there is a risk that our ICUs will begin to reach capacity. This puts in jeopardy all the post-surgical care they provide. No room in our ICUs means scheduled surgeries must be delayed.”
Meanwhile, Ottawa Public Health posted a “real world contact tracing” graphic illustrating how easily the virus can spread when people don’t heed health orders.
“We’re naturally more relaxed around people we’re close to, but this cluster is a reminder that COVID doesn’t care how well we know someone,” the agency said in a tweet accompanying the graphic. “Whether around coworkers we’ve known for years, friends or family members, we must remain vigilant.”
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In one example, the agency traced a single infected person who went to work before they had developed symptoms.
Two days later, after mild symptoms appeared, the person attended a family gathering with four separate households indoors to celebrate and share a meal. There was no physical distancing and no one wore a mask.
“Within two weeks this resulted in 15 individuals testing positive for COVID-19 and 40 individuals who were high-risk contacts and ended to self-isolate,” the agency stated.
Ontario is reporting 2,662 new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, with 75 of those cases identified in Ottawa.
The majority of those cases were found in the provincial hot spots of Toronto, with 779 new cases, 542 in Peel, 228 in York, 128 in Waterloo and 118 in Windsor-Essex.
There were 87 deaths attributed to coronavirus in the province in the previous 24-hour period. There have been 5,701 deaths across the province related to the virus.
Ontario’s hospitalization rate remains steady, with 1,512 patients currently in hospital, 383 of those in intensive care and 291 requiring a ventilator.
Ontario conducted 71,750 COVID-19 tests in the previous reporting period, with 3.3 per cent of those testing positive.
The province has now seen 250,226 total cases since the outset of the pandemic, and 219,262 of those are considered resolved.
The province has administered 264,985 vaccinations, according to provincial data. There were 11,168 doses administered in the last 24-hour reporting period.
The Eastern Ontario public health unit, which includes Cornwall, Alexandria and Hawkesbury reported 37 new cases Friday after confirming 32 new infections on Thursday.
There were seven new cases in Kingston and two in Leeds and Grenville, according to provincial data.
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