No new cases of COVID-19 in Tri-County area

COVID-19-3-CTV-News

No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark on Thursday. 

One new recovery was reported as well, which leaves 15 active cases in the area as of Friday morning with three patients still in hospital with the virus. Two people remain in the Intensive Care Unit including one on a ventilator. 

Just one case remains connected to area schools, a staff member at South Branch Elementary School in Kemptville, but the school remains open for in-person learning.

The other cases reported within the Upper Canada District School Board are in the Cornwall-area, while The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario has a single case in Champlain Township.

Ontario reported 1,210 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and 28 new deaths due to the virus, as 150 people are also in the Intensive Care Unit in hospitals across the province. 

Most of the province's cases have been reported in Toronto, Peel Region and York Region, which are expected to have more restrictions imposed on them Friday. 

Kingston could also see more restrictions as early as Friday as that City's Chief Medical Officer of Health said they've met the threshold to move to the 'yellow-protect' zone of Ontario's colour-coded COVID-19 framework, one level below its current green status. This would mean restaurants and bars must stop serving alcohol by 11 p.m. as well as limit the volume of music to maintain space. Recreation programs would be limited to 10 people indoors and 25 outside and personal care service businesses would need to obtain contact information from all patrons.

The announcement of new restrictions could come as early as Friday afternoon and Premier Doug Ford is scheduled to speak at 3:30 p.m.