Ontario's new coronavirus cases jump closer to 200 again

Jul 9 2020, 2:22 pm

The Province of Ontario confirmed there are 170 new known COVID-19 cases on Thursday morning, and three new deaths from the illness.

The numbers are an increase from Wednesday’s 118, Tuesday’s 112Monday’s 154, which reported no new deaths, and Sunday’s 138.

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

According to Health Minister Christine Elliot, 86 of the new cases come from Windsor-Essex, as targeted testing of temporary workers on farms to contain outbreaks has continued.

“In fact, 30 of Ontario’s 34 PHUs are reporting five or fewer cases, with 20 of them reporting no new cases,” Elliot said.

Elliot added that Ontario processed over 26,000 tests and that hospitalizations, ICU admissions and vented patients are “stable or have decreased.”

There has been a total of 36,348 confirmed cases in Ontario to date, with 31,977 resolved, and a total of 2,703 coronavirus deaths, according to the Province.

In long-term care homes, there have been 5,526 reported cases with 1,722 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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