The Province of Ontario has confirmed 151 new known cases of COVID-19, bringing the total up to 1,142 confirmed cases as of Saturday.
The the province is waiting on lab confirmation of two people suspected to have coronavirus who died recently. They’re included in the province’s death count, which sits at 18.
Eight cases are listed as resolved, and 8,690 more cases are under investigation.
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The province didn’t reveal details about where the new patients live, how they caught the virus, or whether they’re in isolation or in hospital.
Earlier this week, the province announced that Ontario patients who have tested positive for coronavirus will no longer need tests to confirm if they are negative after the 14 day self-isolation period.
Dr. Barbara Yaffe, the province’s Associate Medical Officer of Health, confirmed, “if the case is not hospitalized, they’re not a health care worker, they recover, they feel fine, and it’s been 14 days since they became ill, we’re saying they can be considered resolved.”
Yaffe said public health units were informed of the change this week.