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COVID-19 numbers still surging in Ontario, Quebec ahead of Thanksgiving weekend

COVID-19 numbers still surging in Ontario, Quebec ahead of Thanksgiving weekend”

Schools and places of worship will remain open in Ottawa, and must continue to follow public health measures.

The province's top doctor, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams, announced the changes on Friday afternoon as Ontario logged more than 900 new COVID-19 cases for the first time since the pandemic started. Kids ages 0-9, however, are reporting 11 new cases.

He also noted that in recent civic holidays people have been letting their guard down and "we saw the numbers spike in the cases and contacts".

Dr. Naheed Dosani said he initially signed up for TikTok to share information about palliative care, but when the pandemic hit, he chose to redirect his focus.

Dosani said he scans public health messages and picks ones that might be particularly complex, then distills them for his audience on the social media platform.

"We've done this before, I think we can do it again", he said. There are also three community outbreaks (two more since yesterday). Receptions scheduled this weekend may proceed in line with current public health measures, it said.

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The news comes just over a week after provincial officials warned that new case counts would surge past 1,000 in the early part of October.

Groups like the Ontario Hospital Association and Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario have been calling for targeted restrictions in hot spot regions.

The province has apparently seen a bit of a rough transition to appointment-based testing at its COVID-19 assessment centres this week, at least in high-risk urban centres like Toronto.

In total, 206 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 47 in intensive care.

Two of the five deaths reported Friday were long-term care home residents. CBC News reported Ontario processed 48,499 tests - a single-day record. As of 8:05 a.m. Friday, there were 37 schools with a COVID-19 case, with 41 students and 10 staff infected.

Those bring the number of schools with a reported case to 429 out of Ontario's 4,828 publicly funded schools.

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