How Halloween highlights the COVID-19 communication paradox

Article Featured Image

Officials said one death previously attributed to COVID-19 was unrelated and 90 cases that had been identified as positive were in fact, negative.

Ontario also reported a spike in the number of deaths on Wednesday, logging nine new COVID-19-related fatalities.

There were three new deaths, bringing the province's total death toll to 3,053.

It is important to note that locally, most cases were exposed to COVID-19 in the community, which means that the source of infection is unknown and assumed to be acquired somewhere in the public space.

The province as a whole exceeded that on Tuesday, with the lowest number of tests processed since sometime in early September.

He says given the high transmission of the coronavirus, people in the Stage 2 public health unit regions should consider another way to celebrate Halloween this year.

Of the new cases, 327 are Toronto, 136 in Peel, 64 in York Region and 79 in Ottawa.

The goal should be to find ways to do things safely rather than cancel Halloween activities, Dr. Isaac Bogoch said.

"We send kids to school 30 to a classroom", she said.

Remain home and self-isolate if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms.

Ontario health officials also said Monday that they are closely monitoring case counts in Halton Region, Hamilton, and Eastern Ontario.

Based on information provided by the province, there are 6,299 active, lab-confirmed cases in Ontario, and 260 of those individuals are hospitalized.

Outside of York, Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa, Williams said trick-or-treaters should only go outside with members of their own household and only collect candy given to them outdoors.

Small Business Minister Mary Ng says Ottawa is committing $12 million to a fund to help small business owners respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Halloween recommendation was made by provincial Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams in a statement on Monday.

The more we learn about COVID-19, the more our understanding of risk and recommended best practices evolve.

In total, 274 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19.