32 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Ontario, over 1500 now under investigation

Mar 16 2020, 8:01 am

The Province of Ontario confirmed 32 new cases of COVID-19, with over 1,500 cases under investigation, on Monday morning.

According to the provincial update, 11 of the new cases are in Toronto, but most of the information on the cases hasn’t been released yet.

The new patients were identified throughout Ontario including Hamilton, Ottawa, Guelph, Sudbury, Durham, York, Peel, Niagara, and Halton.

All of the new cases are currently in self-isolation.

The vast amount of the newly confirmed cases are all listed as “pending” in terms of age of the patients, and how they caught the transmission.

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However, the province did identify two patients with a recent travel history to the US. One was a man in his 40s who presented himself to Headwaters Health Centre, which was reported by the Wellington Dufferin Guelph public health unit.

The second case was a man in his 30s who presented himself to Joseph Brant Hospital, reported by Halton Public Health.

Another patient received transmission of the virus through close contact and presented themselves to Health Science North, reported by Public Health Sudbury.

So far in the province, there are 177 cases with five resolved, with 1,537 cases under investigation.

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Last week, the province announced all schools in Ontario would close for two weeks after the March Break and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer’s recommended for “immediate suspension” of all large events and public gatherings of 250 people.

The City of Toronto said it would be shutting down major services as a response to the coronavirus pandemic and based on the province’s recommendation.

Effective March 14 until April 5, all licensed childcare centres will be closed and March Break camps cancelled.

Metrolinx will also have a “selective reduction” in GO Transit and UP Express services starting this week.

On Friday, the transit agency announced that new changes will take place starting on March 18 “to align service with demand.”

The selective reduction will affect GO train and buses and UP Express, which is also in “continued support of provincial action and to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.”

With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.