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Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
Online Bulletin for Municipal Partners

October 20, 2020

To ensure everyone has current information during this quickly evolving outbreak, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health will be providing regular COVID-19 updates.

For more information please review our website or call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803.



  • Hastings and Prince Edward Counties have 70 cumulative lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. There were 4 new cases reported today for a total of 7 active cases, with 57 having recovered and 5 deceased. More than 44,400 tests have been completed to date.
    • There are no local long-term care facilities experiencing COVID-19 outbreak; additional outbreak details can be found online.
    • More information is available on our website
  • In Canada, there are 201,437 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 21,988 active cases. To date, there have been 9,778 COVID-19 related deaths and more than 8,748,075 individuals tested.

 Summary of cases of COVID-19: Ontario, Jan. 15, 2020 to Oct. 19, 2020





Number of Cases



Change from previous day’s report (new cases)


1.3 increase




Change from previous day’s report


1.1 increase

Total number of deaths



Total tests completed



Total test completed in the previous day



Currently under investigation




Summary of Cases in Ontario Schools - Updated Oct. 20, 2020.


New Cases

Cumulative Cases

School-related cases (cumulative total)



School-related student cases



School-related staff cases



Individual(s) not identified (other staff)



Current number of schools with a reported case



Current number of schools closed





Rapid Testing and Contact Tracing

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that the federal government will be sending out millions of rapid tests including ABBOT ID NOW and PANBIO to the provinces and territories, as well as continuing to provide surge support on processing testing results.
  • Dr. Theresa Tam added that ABBOT ID has been verified by the National Microbiology Lab and the machines will be deployed shortly on a per capita basis to provincial and territorial officials who will them decide how best to use them within their jurisdiction.
  • In response to media questions asking if the contact trace management system has failed, Dr. Tam replied that the "public health system's capacity is not limitless" emphasizing that "people still have to do their part and limit their number of contacts."


Stay Safe and Follow Public Health Advice This Halloween

  • Given the high transmission of COVID-19 in the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions of Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Region, traditional door-to-door trick or treating is not recommended and people in those regions should consider alternative ways to celebrate. If you live outside the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions and are going to go out to trick or treat:
    • Only go out with members of your household.
    • Only trick or treat outside.
    • Both trick or treaters and people handing out candy should wear a face covering. A costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering and should not be worn over a face covering as it may make it difficult to breathe.
    • Do not congregate or linger at doorsteps and remember to line up two metres apart if waiting. Avoid hightouch surfaces and objects.
    • Whether collecting or handing out treats, wash your hands often and thoroughly, or use hand sanitizer.
    • Do not leave treats in a bucket or bowl for children to grab and consider using tongs or other similar tools to hand out treats.

Additional Public Health Measures in York Region

  • Effective yesterday, York Region joined Ottawa, Peel and Toronto public health regions in a modified Stage 2, as a result of York's higher than average rates of COVID-19 transmission. The new restrictions, including reduced gathering numbers (10 indoors/25 outdoors), no indoor food/drink service, closing certain indoor facilities like gyms and cinemas, etc. will be in place for a minimum of 28 days and reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Millions in Canada Using COVID-19 App

  • The Ontario government is working with some of the most influential brands in Canada to encourage more people to download the made-in-Ontario COVID Alert app and help protect people across the country from the pandemic.
  • To support businesses large and small, the government is launching a new webpage that will provide them with the tools they need to promote the app and build on its success to-date.
  • "One of the best and simplest ways to protect you, your family and people around you from COVID-19 is to download the made-in-Ontario COVID Alert app," said Premier Doug Ford.
  • More than 1,130 one-time keys have been entered by app users in Ontario who have tested positive for COVID-19, in turn notifying Ontarians of potential exposure to the virus and allowing them to take necessary public health precautions.

Outings on Hold for Long-Term Care Homes in Hotspots

  • On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, effective October 16, and until further notice, short-term and temporary absences for social or personal reasons will not be allowed at long-term care homes in areas of the province where there is higher community spread of COVID-19 (e.g. Ottawa and Toronto and the Region of Peel).
  • Only absences for medical or compassionate reasons will be allowed.
  • A complete list of homes affected has been posted online. The province will update the list as the areas with higher community spread change.

Ontario Hiring More Contact Tracers

  • As part of the provincial fall preparedness plan, Premier Ford announced the province will be hiring up 600 new recruits to expand case and contact management, including 500 to be deployed in mid-November.
  • To expedite the onboarding of these additional staffing resources, the government is partnering with Ian Martin, an Ontario-based recruitment firm that has experience in supplying COVID-19 staffing resources.
  • Ontario Public Service staff are also volunteering for redeployment to provide surge support for contact tracing this fall and winter.
  • Out of 34 public health units, 25 are reaching 100 percent of their new cases within 24 hours and 30 public health units are reaching 90 percent or more.
  • The Premier also noted that another 50 pharmacies in communities such as Belleville, Barrie, Hamilton and Windsor will have COVID-19 testing available to ramp up daily testing to 68,000 results by November to better gauge the spread of the virus in the second wave.

Support for Business Impacted by Public Health Restrictions

  • Premier Ford and Associate Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria announced $300 million to help offset fixed costs, including property taxes, hydro and natural gas bills in order to provide relief for local restaurants and other businesses impacted by the new public health measures.
  • Other measures include allowing alcohol delivery with food orders and permitting 24/7 deliveries to restaurants.


  • When travelling to the Trenton COVID-19 Assessment Centre, Quinte Health Care reminds residents to enter Centennial Park from Bay Street onto Couch Crescent to aid in traffic flow at the Duncan McDonald Arena. Residents can make an appointment by calling 613-961-5544 or pre-register online before driving to the assessment centre.
  • Allow Us Senior Services is a new local service that provides personalized transportation, grocery shopping/pick-up services, running errands and more (all provided through insured, clean vehicles). The co-owners have extensive experience with people of all abilities and proper training in COVID-19 measures. Located in Quinte West, they serve customers from Brighton to Picton and surrounding areas, and are open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Visit their website, for more information.
  • Community Care for Seniors is now offering delivery to the door of a hot nutritious noon-time meal 5 days a week anywhere in Prince Edward County. Receiving a hot meal at the door means seniors have regular contact with a volunteer to help them stay safe and well in their own home. Physical distancing protocols are in place. Call Prince Edward Community Care at 613-476-7493 to learn about this and other services to help seniors live at home.

Public Health

  • In a release issued last week, MOH Dr. Oglaza warned of two linked COVID-19 cases and the possibility of low-risk COVID-19 exposure between Sept. 28 and Oct. 6 at You Make Me Smile Dental in Quinte West.

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