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Ontario reports record-high 939 new patients on Friday, leading to new restrictions [Video]

On Friday, Oct. 9, Ontario reported a record-high 939 new cases of COVID-19. The update is part of a worrisome trend that has been developing in Canada’s most populous province, which has led to Premier Doug Ford announcing new restrictions for its three three hotspots.

For more on today’s top stories and the spread of the novel coronavirus across the country, please refer to our live updates below throughout the day, as well as our COVID-19 news hub.

18,784 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 177,600 diagnoses, 9,583 deaths and 149,233 recoveries (as of Oct. 9, 11:00 a.m. ET)

  • Alberta – 2,097 active cases (19,718 total cases, including 283 deaths, 17,338 resolved)

  • British Columbia – 1,394 active cases (10,066 total cases, 245 deaths, 8,398 resolved)

  • Manitoba – 863 active cases (2,344 total cases, 27 deaths, 1,454 resolved)

  • New Brunswick – 24 active cases (225 cases, 2 deaths, 199 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 4 active case (277 total cases, 4 deaths, 269 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories – 0 active cases (5 total cases, 5 resolved)

  • Nova Scotia – 3 active cases (1,089 total cases, 65 deaths 1,021 resolved)

  • Ontario – 5,652 active cases (57,681 total cases, 2,997 deaths, 49,032 resolved)

  • Prince Edward Island – 3 active case (61 total cases, 58 resolved)

  • Quebec –  8,572 active cases (834,094 total cases, 5,936 deaths, 69,586 resolved)

  • Saskatchewan – 143 active cases (2,012 total cases, 24 deaths, 1,845 resolved)

  • Yukon – 0 active cases (15 total cases, 15 resolved)

  • Nunavut – 0 active cases (no resident cases)

  • CFB Trenton – 0 active cases (13 total cases, 13 resolved)

Ontario sees record-high increase, leading to more restrictions

Ontario reported a record-high 939 new daily cases of COVID-19, which has prompted Doug Ford’s provincial government to impose new restrictions on hotspots Toronto, Peel Region and York.

It’s the 12th straight day the province has exceeded the 500-case mark. Ontario’s daily case count continues to increase, breaking its own record on four occasions over two weeks. Before the recent stretch, the province had not reported more than 500 cases since May 2.

Of the most recent 939 cases, 336 were identified in Toronto, 150 in Peel, 126 in Ottawa, 68 in York, 59 in Halton, 40 in Hamilton, 32 in Durham, 28 in Simcoe-Muskoka and 24 in Middlesex-London. The remaining 25 public health units reported fewer than 20 cases, while nine of them reported no new patients at all.

The latest patients were identified after the province completed 44,914 tests. The 2.1 per cent positivity rate is the highest it has recorded since June 7.

There are 358 new cases among those 20-39 years old, the most of any age group. There are 266 new cases among those 40-59, 156 among those 19 and under, and 153 involving those who are at least 60 years old. Twelve of the patients involve long-term care residents and 12 involve health-care workers.

In K-12 schools across Ontario, there are 56 new cases of COVID-19. That includes 32 among students, nine among

Ohio reports highest one-day tally of coronavirus cases

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio reported a record high number of daily cases of the coronavirus on Friday as Republican Gov. Mike DeWine pleaded with residents to continue social distancing and mask wearing.

The 1,840 confirmed and probable cases tallied by the Department of Health is the most in a day since July. The daily number of cases is also well above the 21-day average of 1,119 cases.

DeWine on Thursday urged Ohioans to avoid crowded gatherings, citing the case of a wedding he said led to the coronavirus deaths of two grandfathers.

Several rural northwestern Ohio counties have among the highest rates of coronavirus cases, something DeWine noted during a trip Friday to Swanton, west of Toledo. DeWine, who lives on his family farm in Cedarville in southwestern Ohio, noted that mask compliance in his area is not great but getting better. Ohio is under a statewide mask order.

“The biggest threat to our economy is people not wearing masks,” the governor said.

Ohio has reported more than 166,000 confirmed and probable coronavirus cases as of Friday, including 4,994 deaths.

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Illinois reports first West Nile virus death of the year in Chicago resident

A Chicago resident died of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. The death marks the first West Nile virus-related fatality in the state this year, Illinois health officials announced this week.

The resident, who was not identified, first fell ill in mid-September and subsequently tested positive for the disease, officials with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said in a news release. 

“Although we are already into fall, West Nile virus remains a risk until the first hard frost,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in a statement. “It’s important for everyone to continue taking precautions such as using insect repellent, wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants, and staying indoors between dusk and dawn.”

West Nile virus, which was first reported in the U.S. in 1999, is typically spread by infected mosquitoes. Though side effects can be severe, most people who are infected experience little to no symptoms and fully recover.

WEST NILE VIRUS OVERLOOKED DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC? PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERT CITES SIMILAR SYMPTOMS

A percentage of people infected with West Nile virus — roughly one in five — develop a fever and may additionally experience headaches, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash, among other side effects. Even rarer, about one in 150 people who are infected with the mosquito-linked ailment can develop a serious illness, such as inflammation of the spinal cord or brain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Mayo Clinic warns people who are older, as well as those with preexisting medical conditions, are more susceptible to the virus.

MASSACHUSETTS REPORTS 4 NEW HUMAN WEST NILE VIRUS CASES

Wearing insect repellent and protective clothing, as well as draining standing water around gardens and homes where mosquitoes can lay eggs, can reduce the chances of being bitten by a mosquito, ultimately mitigating the risk of developing West Nile virus.

To date, there have been two dozen human cases of West Nile virus reported in Illinois this year, per officials. Some 28 cases were reported in 2019, including one death. 

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WHO reports record one-day rise in global coronavirus cases amid European outbreak

By Lisa Shumaker

(Reuters) – The World Health Organization reported a record one-day increase in global coronavirus cases on Thursday, with the total rising by 338,779 in 24 hours led by a surge of infections in Europe.

Europe reported 96,996 new cases, the highest total for the region ever recorded by the WHO.

Global deaths rose by 5,514 to a total of 1.05 million.

The previous WHO record for new cases was 330,340 on Oct. 2. The agency reported a record 12,393 deaths on April 17.

As a region, Europe is now reporting more cases than India, Brazil or the United States.

India reported 78,524 new cases, followed by Brazil at 41,906 and the United States with 38,904 new infections, according to the WHO, whose data lags the daily reports by each country.

According to a Reuters analysis of more recent country data, COVID-19 infections are rising in 54 countries, including surges in Argentina, Canada and much of Europe. (Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/34CabCf)

Infections in the United Kingdom have reached record levels with over 17,000 new cases reported on Thursday.

“We are seeing a definite and sustained increase in cases and admissions to hospital. The trend is clear, and it is very concerning,” said Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director for Public Health England.

France’s new daily COVID-19 infections remained above the record 18,000 threshold for the second day on Thursday with new measures to curb the outbreak expected.

The average number of new infections reported in Belgium has been increasing for seven days straight and Germany reported its biggest daily increase in new cases since April on Thursday.

While India still leads in the globe in most new cases reported per day, new infections are down 20% from its peak.

In the United States, which has the largest total number of cases and deaths in the world, new infections are edging higher along with the most hospitalized COVID-19 patients since early September.

(Reporting by Lisa Shumaker in Chicago, Editing by Franklin Paul, Richard Chang and David Gregorio)

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L.A. County reports highest daily COVID-19 case count in 6 weeks

A shopper makes her way past a sign that thanks first responders that rests next to a "Sanitize on the Go," station to keep shoppers safe from coronavirus at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall in Arcadia on October 7, 2020. This is the first day customers return to indoor shopping after Los Angeles County eases restrictions and have reopened the malls and the individual stores. <span class="copyright">(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)</span>
A shopper makes her way past a sign that thanks first responders that rests next to a “Sanitize on the Go,” station to keep shoppers safe from coronavirus at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall in Arcadia on October 7, 2020. This is the first day customers return to indoor shopping after Los Angeles County eases restrictions and have reopened the malls and the individual stores. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County on Wednesday reported its highest count of daily COVID-19 infections since Aug. 22, highlighting the continued dangers of the virus even as more businesses are opening up.

Health officials have been warning that another coronavirus wave is possible this fall even have numbers of cases and deaths have been declining since a serious summer spike.

Los Angeles County has lagged behind other parts of California in reopening due to its continued high numbers of new cases and deaths. But on Wednesday, indoor shopping centers reopened for the first time in months, with limited capacity.

The doors swung open to disturbing news: Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced 1,645 new cases and 30 additional deaths. It’s unclear whether Wednesday’s number signifies a trend or is a one-off linked to a backlog of cases.

“While one day of a high number of cases does not indicate a trend, this is something we need to watch closely,” Ferrer said.

In recent weeks, the county has repeatedly reported less than 800 daily hospitalizations and fewer than 1,000 daily coronavirus cases. And while the average positivity rate has decreased from a summer spike and hit its lowest number since the pandemic began, officials have warned that an ongoing incremental increase in daily case counts could pose a risk of increased transmission.

The numbers underscore the delicate balancing act facing officials, who are trying to carefully reopen the economy without prevent the spike in cases that occurred in the summer. That has caused frustration among some businesses.

For example, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday said theme parks like Disneyland must remain closed for now despite intense pressure to reopen.

“We’re going to be led by a health-first framework, and we’re going to be stubborn about it,” the governor told reporters. “We don’t anticipate in the immediate term any of these larger theme parks opening until we see more stability in terms of the data.”

County officials reported that the state’s new health equity metric — the positivity rate of a county’s lowest quartile, used to ensure that communities disproportionately affected by the virus progress in step with the county as a whole — did not prevent the county from moving forward. The seven-day average positivity rate for L.A. County is currently 2.8%. For those in the lowest-resourced areas, the number is 4.6%. Both numbers are considered low, and would place the county in Tier 3 if not for the high daily case count.

L.A. County, like others throughout the state, will face a test of time in its ability to maintain

CMS Gives Hospitals 14 Weeks to Start Daily COVID, Flu Reports

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The federal government is giving hospitals 14 weeks to comply with daily reporting requirements for COVID-19.

Hospitals that fail to meet the requirements will be barred from participating in Medicare and Medicaid, as announced in late August in a final rule.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will send letters on October 7 to all 6200 hospitals that receive reimbursement from the two federal health programs informing them of how well they are doing now, said CMS Administrator Seema Verma on a press call. 

Verma would not give an estimate on how many hospitals are currently not compliant. But Deborah Birx, MD, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said on the call that 86% of hospitals are currently reporting daily.

Federal officials on the call also announced that hospitals would have the option to begin reporting certain data on influenza starting October 19, but that it would become mandatory a few weeks later.

The reporting is important “to really ensure that we’re triangulating all data to understand where this epidemic is, how it’s moving through different populations, and ensuring that we’re meeting the needs of specific hospitals and communities,” Birx said.

The federal government began a new hospital reporting system in April but did not require hospitals to participate until it quietly issued guidance in mid-July informing facilities that they should no longer report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The move perplexed many public health experts and epidemiologists, who expressed concern that asking hospitals to use a new data system during a pandemic could result in delays and lost information. The new HHS data collection site, HHS Protect, is being managed by a private contractor, not the CDC, which also raised alarms.

The final CMS rule issued in August went into effect immediately, without any chance for comment or revision. CMS said at the time that the pandemic was reason enough to skip over the normal bureaucratic process.

Hospitals were not pleased. But Verma claimed that since then CMS had been working with hospital organizations on enforcement.

“We’re going to do everything we can to facilitate reporting, including an enforcement timeline that will provide hospitals ample opportunity to come into compliance,” she said.

Hospitals that do not comply will get a notice every 3 weeks. Three weeks after the second notice, they’ll get weekly notices for a month, and a final termination notice at 14 weeks.

The Federation of American Hospitals (FAH), however, said their members were still not happy. “It is both inappropriate and frankly overkill for CMS to tie compliance with reporting to Medicare conditions of participation,” said FAH President and CEO Chip Kahn in a statement. He called the CMS proposal “sledgehammer enforcement,” and said that the continuing data request might weaken hospitals’ response to the pandemic because it would divert time and money away from patient care.  

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Washington Reports 7 More Deaths, 387 New Coronavirus Cases

SEATTLE, WA — State health officials reported seven new deaths and 455 additional coronavirus cases in Washington on Tuesday, with the highest daily case counts in King, Spokane and Snohomish counties.

Per the latest available information, 90,663 patients have tested positive in the state since the crisis began, and 2,165 people have died from complications linked to COVID-19. At least 3,638 new illnesses have been confirmed in Washington over the last seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s case tracker.

Most Washington counties still show a rate of cases by population higher than the target threshold of 25 cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days. At least 17 of the state’s counties remain in the highest transmission bracket, while 10 counties are in the moderate range.

As of Tuesday, health labs had processed more than 1.96 million tests in Washington since the public health crisis began.

Trump halts stimulus negotiations until after the election

In a series of tweets Tuesday, President Donald Trump said he ordered an end to negotiations for a new stimulus plan, as the Democrats sought a second wave of federal assisance, including fresh $1,200 payments and restoration of the weekly $600 in expanded unemployment benefits. Negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had been underway for days.

The Democrats’ latest plan was estimated at $2.4 trillion, which the White House rejected as too high. Earlier Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell had recommended more aggressive federal help to prevent a weak economic recovery. The stock market took a hit in the wake of Trump’s announcement and stayed down through the closing bell.

Inslee relaxes some restrictions on restaurants, movie theaters, libraries and more

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday adjusted restrictions for several industries, relaxing the rules for indoor dining, movie theaters, real estate, libraries and some sports.

“We wanted to do targeted things where we show how to do this in a safe way,” Inslee said in a news conference. “I think increasingly the way we need to think about this is not so much as prohibitions about what you can’t do, but adaptations to show how we can do something safely.”

Among the most notable changes are an elimination of the household requirement for indoor dining, and a slight increase in the permitted table size at restaurants. The state’s cutoff for serving alcohol will move from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Movie theaters will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity in Phase 2 counties and 50 percent capacity in Phase 3. All guests will be required to maintain physical distance with people outside their household and wear face coverings at all times when not eating or drinking.

Under the new guidance, libraries will be allowed to operate similar to museums, permitting some indoor activity in phase 2 counties, with 25 percent capacity.

Adult and youth sports, including soccer, softball, tennis, flag football and lacrosse, could be allowed to resume depending on the specific

Trump reports ‘no symptoms,’ returns to downplaying virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, said to be making progress in his recovery from COVID-19, tweeted his eagerness to return to the campaign trail Tuesday even as the outbreak that has killed more than 210,000 Americans reached ever more widely into the upper echelons of the U.S. government.

As Trump convalesced out of sight in the White House, the administration defended the protections it has put in place to protect the staff working there to treat and support him. Trump again publicly played down the virus on Twitter after his return from a three-day hospitalization, though even more aides tested positive, including one of his closest advisers, Stephen Miller.

In one significant national coronavirus action, Trump declared there would be no action before the election on economic-stimulus legislation — an announcement that came not long after the Federal Reserve chairman said such help was essential for recovery with the nation reeling from the human and economic cost of the pandemic. Stocks fell on the White House news.

As for Trump’s own recovery, his doctor, Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, said in a letter that the president had a “restful” night at the White House and “reports no symptoms.”

Meanwhile, Trump was grappling with next political steps exactly four weeks from Election Day. Anxious to project strength, Trump, who is still contagious with the virus, tweeted Tuesday morning that he was planning to attend next week’s debate with Democrat Joe Biden in Miami and “It will be great!”

Biden, for his part, said he and Trump “shouldn’t have a debate” as long as the president remains COVID positive.


Biden told reporters in Pennsylvania that he’s “looking forward to being able to debate him” but said “we’re going to have to follow very strict guidelines.”

Elsewhere in the government, the scope of the outbreak was still being uncovered. On Tuesday, the nation’s top military leaders including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, and the vice chairman, Gen. John Hyten, were in quarantine after exposure to Adm. Charles W. Ray, the vice commandant of the Coast Guard.

It was not known how Ray contracted the virus, but he attended an event for military families at the White House on Sept. 27. The Coast Guard said in a statement that Ray felt mild symptoms over the weekend and was tested on Monday.

Also testing positive Tuesday was Miller, a top policy adviser and Trump speechwriter, who has been an architect of the president’s “America First” foreign policy and restrictive immigration measures. Miller’s wife, Katie Miller, who serves as communications director to Vice President Mike Pence, had the virus earlier this year. She had been in Salt Lake City with Pence where he is preparing to debate Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, but she left as soon as she found out about her husband’s diagnosis, officials said. She tested negative on Tuesday.

Trump on Monday made clear that he has little intention of abiding by best containment practices, when

PA Reports 672 Coronavirus Cases, 11 Deaths Monday

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania added 672 additional positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the statewide total to 164,207 cases. Of those cases, 82 percent of all patients have recovered.

Pennsylvania reported 11 new deaths Monday, bringing the state’s death toll to 8,227 since the onset of the pandemic.

“We know that congregation, especially in college and university settings, yields increased case counts. The mitigation efforts in place now are essential to flattening the curve and saving lives,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a news release.

“Wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and following the requirements set forth in the orders for bars and restaurants, gatherings, and telework will help keep our case counts low.” she added.

Levine also encouraged residents to download the COVID Alert PA exposure notification app.

At least 332 new coronavirus deaths and 34,491 new cases were reported in the United States on Sunday, according to a New York Times database. Over the past week, there have been an average of 43,586 cases per day, an increase of 6 percent from the average two weeks earlier.

As of Monday, 29 states and Puerto Rico remained above the positive testing rate recommended by the World Health Organization to safely reopen. To safely reopen, the WHO recommends states remain at 5 percent or lower for at least 14 days.

More than 7.4 million people in the United States have tested positive for the coronavirus as of Monday midday, and more than 209,800 have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

With reporting by Megan VerHelst of Patch

This article originally appeared on the Across Pennsylvania Patch

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Trump Was Already Infected with COVID-19 When He Called Into Fox News on Thursday: Reports

Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Donald Trump heads to Marine One outside the White House en route to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday night.

Amid a wave of conflicting information from the White House about when President Donald Trump was first diagnosed with COVID-19, multiple news outlets now report the president knew he had already tested positive by the time he called into Sean Hannity’s Fox News program on Thursday night.

The president had already tested positive for COVID-19 on a rapid test and was awaiting further confirmation from a more secure PCR test while he was speaking with Hannity, according to CBS News and The Wall Street Journal which cited White House sources.

Calling into the program from the White House, Trump revealed his close adviser Hope Hicks had tested positive earlier in the day, calling it a “terrible thing.”

Trump, 74, then told Hannity that he and First Lady Melania Trump, 50, were waiting on their own test results—but failed to mention he already tested positive on a rapid test earlier that afternoon.

“So whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don’t know,” Trump said, referring to Hicks’ infection.

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The reports further extend the timeline of Trump’s infection last week, while White House officials and the president’s doctors have since given contradictory statements about the president’s current health status and when, or how, he contracted the highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

The Trumps’ positive diagnoses added their names to the 7.4 million Americans who have contracted the virus, according to a New York Times tracker. At least 209,603 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19 this year.

“Don’t tell anyone,” Trump reportedly told a senior aide after he initially tested positive on Thursday, according to The Wall Street Journal.

ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump waves to onlookers during a brief trip outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday.

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A White House official told CBS News that the Trump administration learned Hicks had tested positive “minutes before” Trump took off for a fundraising event at his private golf club in New Jersey on Thursday, forcing some officials to stay behind from the trip while a likely infected Trump carried on with his travels despite knowingly being exposed to the virus.

The official told CBS News that the White House isn’t able to do rapid testing on the road and Trump only received the rapid test upon returning back to Washington, D.C., later that evening.

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Yuri Gripas/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock President Donald Trump returns from Bedminster, New Jersey, on Thursday.

The Times reported that an infected Trump came in contact with