COVID Outbreak at Norfolk Country Farm Grows, Ontario Reports 446 New COVID-19 Cases

A southwestern Ontario health unit says that a COVID-19 outbreak at a farm in Norfolk County has grown.

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit says in an update that 164 people have now tested positive for the virus.

The health unit said Sunday that 85 workers had tested positive for the virus, while late Sunday the municipality’s mayor said the number was 120.

The health unit says seven people have been admitted to hospital.

In all, 210 people from the farm have been tested for the virus, with 46 testing negative.

The health unit says it is working with the farm’s management to contain the outbreak in the residences of migrant workers.

Ontario is reporting 446 new COVID-19 cases today, and 17 more deaths.

That brings the provincial total to 28,709 cases — a 1.6 per cent increase over the previous day.

It includes 2,293 deaths and 22,484 cases that have been resolved.

There were 15,244 tests completed in the previous day, the second day in a row the province did not meet its goal of 16,000 a day amid a push to increase testing levels.

The number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities dropped from 112 to 105.

The patient ombudsman’s office announced today that it is launching an investigation after it received 150 complaints about long-term care homes, coming a day after the provincial ombudsman announced a similar probe.

Ontario is also expected today to extend its state of emergency until June 30.

The measure bans gatherings larger than five people.

It also orders the closure of some businesses such as restaurants and bars, except if they offer takeout or delivery.

If the vote passes, the measure — which had been set to expire today — will be extended for another 28 days.

Independent legislator Randy Hillier has said he will vote against the measure, saying it gives the government too much authority.

Ontario declared a state of emergency on March 17 as COVID-19 cases began to climb in the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 2, 2020.


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