Ontario reports just under 300 new coronavirus cases as schools reopen

Sep 17 2020, 2:22 pm

The Government of Ontario is reporting 293 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday morning as schools continue to open in the province.

This is a decrease from Wednesday’s 315 —the highest count since early June.

Numbers have been fluctuating around 300 recently, with Tuesday’s 251, and Monday’s 313.

There have been three deaths and 179 resolved cases since the previous report.

The province is reporting 85 cases from Toronto, 63 from Peel, 39 from Ottawa, and 37 from York Region.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliot, 70% of today’s new cases are in people under the age of 40.

And 35,000 tests were completed from the previous day.

“With a slight increase in hospitalizations to 53, ICU admissions and vented patients remain stable,” Elliot said.

The rise in cases has coincided with the return to schools, as all in-person classes are set to resume for the Toronto District School Board on Thursday.

In the TDSB, seven staff members have tested positive for the virus.

To date, there has been a total of 45,676 cases, with 40,424 resolved and 2,825 reported deaths.

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