Ontario confirms 116 new COVID-19 cases

The downward trend in new infections continues as Doug Ford prepares to announce details of stage 3 in the reopening plan

The downward trend in new infections in Ontario continues as Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce details of stage 3 in the provincial reopening plan.

On Monday, Provincial public health officials reported 116 new COVID-19 cases, bringing Ontario’s total to 36,839.

The province reported 129 cases on Sunday, 130 on Saturday and 116 cases on Friday.

Most of today’s new cases are concentrated around the GTA. Peel Region reported 38 new infections, Toronto confirmed 35 and York Region reported six. There were also 10 new cases in Ottawa and 15 more cases recorded in Windsor-Essex.

“Locally, 29 of the province’s 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with fully 21 of them reporting no new cases at all,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a tweet.

“The number of #COVID19 patients receiving care in hospital has dropped significantly from the highs of over 1,000 reported in May. ICU admissions and vented patients have also seen a persistent decline since the peak of this pandemic.”

Another 129 people have recovered from COVID-19 since yesterday. The total number of resolved cases is now 32,663 – or 88.7 per cent of total cases.

Three more people have died. In total, the virus has killed 2,722 people in Ontario.

The province is reporting that 104 people are in hospital. However, 35 hospitals did not submit information so that number is expected to increase tomorrow.

Elliott added that hospitalizations are at an all-time lows so the government will now roll out the timeline for stage 3 in the “plan to continue the safe and gradual reopening the province.”

So far details on what stage three will entail are vague though the plan is expected to relax restrictions on workplaces and public gatherings.

Movie theatres and outdoor playgrounds might also reopen, though large public gatherings such as sports events and concerts will continue to be prohibited for the “foreseeable future.”


Comments (3)

  • Terry Gibson July 13, 2020 12:16 PM

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  • Sarah Mattok July 13, 2020 08:32 PM

    Your photo accompanying this article is misleading. The common test for Covid is not a blood test, and this contributes to people coming in for testing and expecting a blood draw. Please change to a more appropriate picture (ex. a swab)

  • vivienne jones July 13, 2020 08:37 PM

    Given that the physical,emotional,mental and social well being of our loved ones in LONG TERM CARE is high on our minds as family members, I have a few real time questions to do with the quality of life around covid 19 protocols and openings.
    My questions are ;
    As the number of infections drop in Toronto and Ontario, how do you see the next steps and plan for the corresponding changes in visiting protocols in Long Term Care homes ?
    For example when will it be allowed, with all and any necessary precautions in place, for a family member to take a loved one for a simple walk ,even around the care home grounds ?
    And when will it be allowed, with all the necessary precautions in place, to sit in closer proximity to our loved ones indoors or out doors? To comfort them and even help them as before.
    Or at least given the limited ability we have to communicate emotional closeness behind a face mask, especially to an elderly person, often with dementia , when do we foresee that visors be allowed to be used, or other clear face coverings given the current prerequisites of 6ft distance a covid test no touching or sharing and meeting outside for 30 minutes once a week.?
    And surely either 6ft ,or a mask ,but not both could be possible soon ?
    And given the complexity of having a covid test every two weeks prior to meeting outside at a 6ft distance with a face covering, will at least one of these precaution be removed at some point soon ,again as numbers of infections drop. And more frequent visits, and inside visits ?
    I realise that this is all about taking steps as risks diminish and safety and knowledge evolve but as they the government themself have suggested below ;

    ‘We are all looking forward to the day when we can once again see family and friends, and spend time together,” said Minister Smith. “Today is an important first step in reconnecting loved ones who have been separated all spring.
    As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves in Ontario, the direction on visits at long-term care homes, retirement homes and residential settings will continually be updated keeping the safety and emotional wellbeing of residents and staff at the forefront”. june 11 2020

    I know I’m not alone in feeling desperately challenged trying to make the current visiting format meaningful for my family and my loved one in care.The isolation my mother and folk like her experience at this time is still hard to imagine. She has seem only masked people for 4 months and been restricted in innumerable ways to protect her physical well being. I know the home and the staff where my mother resides have done their best ,and are possibly traumatised by the experience overall of keeping the residence covid free, which they did thankfully, but I now pose that the ongoing emotional and mental anguish of isolation is almost as dangerous now to her health as covid was.
    The government needs to remember what these vulnerable people , these residents have had to give up., and start acknowledging its time to find ways for returning essential elements of comfort and connection, indeed a basic quality of life back.

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