Ontario reporting less active cases than seen pre-peak in April

Jul 10 2020, 2:24 pm

The province confirmed there are 116 new known COVID-19 cases on Friday morning, and seven new deaths from the illness, as Ontario’s active cases dip to their lowest since before April.

The numbers are a decrease from Thursday’s 170, and Wednesday’s 118, but a slight increase from Tuesday’s 112.

Friday, June 26, saw the lowest new cases at 111 in over three months.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliot, locally, 30 of the province’s 34 public health units — every region except Peel, York, Toronto and Windsor-Essex — are reporting five or fewer cases, with 17 of them reporting no new cases at all.

She added that there are 178 more resolved cases on Friday, meaning Ontario is reporting fewer active cases than seen at “any point in April, pre-peak.”

Nearly 27,500 tests were completed from the previous day, as the positivity rate remains at “all-time lows.” 

There has been a total of 36,464 confirmed cases in Ontario to date, with 32,155 resolved, and a total of 2,710 coronavirus deaths, according to the province.

In long-term care homes, there have been 5,527 reported cases with 1,724 deaths among residents.

Government of Ontario

Ontario extended the province’s state of emergency until July 22. The current state of emergency is set to expire on July 15.

According to Premier Doug Ford’s office, the motion being introduced on Wednesday to extend the emergency declaration is to ensure a safe and gradual reopening of the province and that there is no gap between the provincial declaration and when the new bill takes effect.

The bill will allow the province to extend some emergency measures over the next year.

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