550 new COVID-19 cases in Ontario as provincial total tops 5,000

Ontario confirmed 550 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, an 11.6 per cent increase that brings the provincial total to 5,276. It is the largest single-day increase in cases since the outbreak began.The official tally includes 174 deaths, though CBC News has compiled data from regional public health units across the province and counted at least 193…

Cape Breton woman in her 70s is Nova Scotia's first death related to COVID-19

A woman in her 70s from Cape Breton has died from complications related to COVID-19, according to health officials, marking what they say is Nova Scotia's first death connected to the virus. "To her family, there are no words that I can say to take away the pain and suffering that your family is experiencing today, other than…

'She just started sobbing': Parents struggle to help kids cope with COVID-19 anxiety

Carmen Orosanu says the outbursts are sudden and heartbreaking. Like the time her three-and-a-half-year-old daughter Emma broke down at bedtime. Orosanu's voice begins to waver as she recounts it. "She just started sobbing and saying, 'I don't want to go to heaven.'"The mother of three, with a baby on the way, Orosanu is like many…

'You can fight this': We survived COVID-19, and so can you

Ottawa's Musia Balko and her husband survived COVID-19. Now she's going public with their story to offer hope to those who will follow in their agonizing footsteps. Balko, 57, believes she was exposed to the respiratory illness on a flight home from Vancouver via Toronto on March 12. The plane was filled with international passengers. A day…

Do alcohol and COVID-19 isolation mix? Some health experts don't think so

Long lines. Shoppers, many of them wearing masks, standing two metres apart. Is it worth the risk of community interaction during a deadly pandemic just to load up on booze?The answer for some Canadians, it would seem, is yes. As with sales of groceries, medications and other goods, alcohol sales increased across the country in March…