One new COVID case in Parry Sound District

Toronto, Peel to go into lockdown Monday

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One new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Parry Sound District.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit reported Friday that the new case — the region’s 65th — involves a person between 20 and 39 years of age who was exposed to COVID-19 through close contact with a confirmed case. The person is currently isolating at home.

No cases were reported as resolved Friday, leaving the region’s active case count at 11, including nine in Nipissing District and two in Parry Sound District.

Individual cases this week have been confirmed at Nipissing University and the North Bay YMCA.

There have now been 45 cases in Nipissing District since the pandemic began and 20 in Parry Sound District, including one death.

A total of 55,046 tests have been performed in the region to date.

The Ontario government announced Toronto and Peel Region would move into lockdown starting Monday.

Lockdown measures include keeping schools and child-care centres open, while banning indoor public events and social gatherings except with members of the same household. Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may have exclusive close contact with one other person.

Outdoor public events and gatherings, weddings, funerals and religious services are limited to 10 people.

Retail stores are allowed to remain open for curbside pickup or delivery, with exceptions for grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, safety supply stores, and convenience stores at half capacity.

Restaurants and bars may only provide takeout, drive-thru or delivery.

Personal care services, casinos and bingo halls will be closed, along with indoor sports and recreation facilities with limited exceptions.

On Friday, the province reported 1,418 new cases, including 400 in Peel, 393 in Toronto and 168 in York Region.

There also were 1,415 more resolved cases, eight new deaths and 48,173 tests completed over the previous day, of which 3.6 per cent were confirmed positive.

The rolling seven-day average for new daily cases is 1,373.

There are now 12,623 active cases, including 518 people in hospital and 142 in intensive care. Ninety-two people are on ventilators.

The effective reproduction number, or the average number of people one person with COVID-19 will infect, is 1.1 or down 0.1 from the previous week.

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