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2:55 p.m. EDT

Manitoba reports third death from COVID-19

Manitoba is reporting 13 news cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

Twelve people are in hospital, six of whom are in intensive care.

The province has recorded totals so far of 217 cases - 203 confirmed and 14 probable - three deaths and 21 people recovered.

- Canadian Press

2:15 p.m. EDT

Regina woman receives $3.000 ticket for violating public health order

Regina police say a 23-year-old woman given a nearly $3,000 ticket for violating a public health order had tested positive for COVID-19.

Police say they don’t usually release personal health information but decided to do so in this case after consulting with public health officials.

Officers had earlier announced the woman was given a ticket under the Public Health Act for not following a 14-day mandatory self-isolation rule.

Premier Scott Moe enacted the public health order last month in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Saskatchewan has so far reported 253 cases of COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health says most of the cases are related to travel.

- Canadian Press

1:50 p.m. EDT

Vancouver to close Stanley Park to car traffic

The largest and most popular park in Vancouver will become car-free by noon Wednesday as park officials move to ensure physical distancing.

Vancouver Park Board general manager Malcolm Bromley says cars will be banned from most roads in Stanley Park, allowing cyclists to use the routes.

Cyclists will be moved off the park’s picturesque, 10-kilometre seawall, giving more room to walkers and joggers.

The goal is to keep all Vancouver parks open while permitting physical distancing but if the Stanley Park experiment fails, Bromley says the whole park could be closed, although he doubts that will be required.

- Canadian Press

1:30 p.m. EDT

Quebec death toll reaches 150

Quebec Premier Francois Legault says Quebec has recorded 29 additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 150.

There are now 9,340 confirmed cases of the disease in the province, an increase of 760 from Monday.

For the second straight day, the premier pointed to the low number of new cases requiring hospitalization as an encouraging sign.

The province is reporting 583 COVID-19 patients in hospital, an increase of 50, and 164 requiring intensive care, the same number as the previous day.

- Canadian Press

12:50 p.m. EDT

Laval nursing home reports 105 cases of COVID-19

A long-term care home north of Montreal is reporting that 105 people at its facility have tested positive for COVID-19 and eight have died.

A spokeswoman for the regional health authority says the facility in Laval decided to test all its residents last Friday to learn the size of the outbreak.

Judith Goudreau says the testing revealed 69 new cases among the 174 tested, in addition to the several dozen cases previously reported among residents and staff.

Goudreau says 87 health-care employees are affected across Laval, however it’s unclear how many of those were associated with the care home.

- Canadian Press

12:30 p.m. EDT

Death toll at Central Ontario nursing home rises to 27

Another resident at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Ont., has died, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths at the Central Ontario seniors’ residence to 27.

The wife of a resident also died from the disease in what is considered one of the worst outbreaks of the novel coronavirus in Canada.

Nearly half of the residents at the 65-bed nursing home have died, while at least 24 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

- Canadian Press

12:15 p.m. EDT

Ford says Ontario-made medical masks ready for use

Premier Doug Ford says the first made-in-Ontario face masks are ready for use.

The announcement comes one day after the premier warned that Ontario would run out of personal protective equipment in one week.

Ford was at Woodbridge’s manufacturing facility in Vaughan, Ont., today where the first 1,000 Level 3 masks have been produced.

The company hopes to eventually produce one million a week and have them certified as N95 masks to be used in all health-care settings.

Ford has blamed the supply shortages on a combination of delays in global shipments, domestic manufacturing lag time and U.S. restrictions.

Late Monday, manufacturer 3M reached a deal with the White House to continue sending masks to Canada, shortly after U.S. officials held up a shipment of 500,000 masks.

- Canadian Press

10:20 a.m. EDT

Ontario reports 21 more deaths

Ontario is reporting 379 new cases of COVID-19 today, including 21 more deaths.

That brings the totals in the province to 4,726 confirmed cases, including 153 deaths and 1,802 cases that have been resolved.

The new cases represent an 8.7 per cent increase over Monday, marking the second day in a row that the growth rate has been under 10 per cent.

There are now 614 people in Ontario hospitalized with COVID-19, with 233 of them in intensive care and 187 of those people on ventilators.

There are at least 51 long-term care homes in Ontario with one or more cases of COVID-19, and there have been at least 69 deaths in those institutions.

More than 500 health-care workers in the province have tested positive, representing about 11 per cent of all of the confirmed cases in Ontario.

- The Canadian Press

9:18 a.m. EDT

Nova Scotia reports first COVID-19 death

Nova Scotia health officials have recorded the province’s first death related to COVID-19.

Health officials say a woman in her 70s with underlying medical conditions died Monday in a hospital in eastern Nova Scotia.

Premier Stephen McNeil issued a brief statement saying he had hoped this day would never come, and he expressed his condolences to the woman’s grieving family and friends.

Nova Scotia reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

The province’s total has grown to 293 confirmed cases — the highest total in the Atlantic region.

While most cases in Nova Scotia have been connected to travel or a known case, the province has confirmed cases are now being linked to community spread.

- The Canadian Press

4 a.m. EDT

Alcoholics Anonymous wrestles with challenge of physical distancing

Alcoholics Anonymous groups often meet in legion halls, churches, or other public meeting spaces. Those buildings have been closed by public health officials across Canada to help the slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Finding alternatives to in-person meetings has been a challenge.

The teleconferencing app Zoom has become a popular alternative because it allows people to call in from a land line.

However, for the first few weeks of physical distancing, AA was posting the co-ordinates of its Zoom meetings online and making them open to the public, which led to several incidents of online “trolls” posting graphic photos in the chatroom or harassing participants in other ways.

Passwords have since become the norm. But in a decentralized organization where anonymity is a central tenet, it’s hard enough to get the word out about online meetings, let alone passwords.

Another challenge is that AA works on the principle of attraction rather than promotion.

Members not only remain anonymous, but abide by the idea that the organization should have no opinion on outside issues. AA also never endorses or offers financial support or prestige to any outside organizations.

That makes it exceptionally difficult to announce that all meetings have moved online.

To simulate the socialization of in-person gatherings, the Zoom meetings usually open 30 minutes early and people stay on long after the formal portion of the meeting is done.

“We miss hugging and handshakes. And, you know, Joe always brought cookies,” said one AA member, who is also the alternate general service delegate for Area 82, which serves Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. “But we’re trying our best.”

- The Canadian Press

A sign shows a road that's been turned into a pedestrian and bike path in Calgary.Greg Glatz/The Canadian Press

2 a.m. EDT

Cities debate blocking traffic lanes for pedestrian use

Battles are brewing in some cities over use of increasingly limited public space, as local governments struggle with whether to give more room for pedestrians to spread out.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says on its website that taking a walk outside is a low-risk activity for healthy people.

But that’s only the case as long as people who venture out keep a two-metre distance from one another, which is not always possible.

Slim sidewalks, especially in urban centres, makes it difficult for pedestrians to keep out of the so-called sneeze radius.

It’s particularly challenging given most cities have closed parks and other outdoor spaces.

Some cities have closed traffic lanes to give pedestrians more room to manoeuvre.

Calgary blocked lanes off with pylons more than a week ago so people can use the space to spread out.

The City of London, Ontario, also brought in several new measures to make sure pedestrians are given the room they need to pass each other when out and about, including closing roads.

The disagreement has come to a head in Ottawa, where city staff denied a petition by several local councillors to close a busy downtown pedestrian route to traffic.

- The Canadian Press

12 a.m. EDT

Canadian cruisers leave Coral Princess in Florida for Toronto

As Canadians said farewell to the COVID-19-stricken Coral Princess cruise ship on Monday for their long journey home, other recently repatriated high-seas travellers coped with the emotional exhaustion of their new normal on dry land.

A day after Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said on Twitter that Canadians on the Coral Princess would be coming home, their long journey with two pit stops in the U.S. started.

There were 97 Canadian passengers aboard the ship, which left Santiago, Chile, on March 5 and docked in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Friday.

The Canadian Press communicated with two couples travelling on the ship, who said that passengers had been allowed to leave and were on a bus headed for the Miami airport.

“We just touched down in Toronto,” North Vancouver resident Sanford Osler said in an email late Monday night, about two hours after a charter plane bearing the Canadians was due to land.

A statement from Princess Cruises said 139 guests left the ship on Monday morning as part of an effort that gave priority to “those who departed on a chartered flight to Canada.” It said 274 passengers remained on board.

- The Canadian Press


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