Provincial public health officials report more than 100 cases for the first time in a week as Windsor-Essex gets ready to enter stage 3
After reporting fewer than 100 new COVID-19 infections for a full week, Ontario confirmed a slight uptick on August 10.
Provincial public health officials reported 115 new COVID-19 cases today. There were 70 new cases on Saturday, 88 on Friday and 95 on Thursday.
“While a slight uptick and an end to our steak, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that thanks to your efforts the trend in the province remains downward,” said Health Minister Christine Elliott.
She added that 28 of Ontario’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer COVID-19 cases and 18 reported no new cases at all.
On Sunday, labs in the province completed 22,275 tests.
Ottawa reported the most new cases, with 20. Peel Region confirmed 19 new cases, Toronto had 16 and Windsor-Essex recorded 12.
Hospitalizations dropped to 49. However, around 36 hospitals did not submit data for August 8 so number of hospitalized patients might increase later this week. There were also 25 patients in intensive care and 14 on ventilators.
There were no new deaths since yesterday.
Ontario’s total COVID-19 case count stands at 40,161. Another 102 cases recovered, bringing the number of resolved cases to 36,381 – or just over 90 per cent of total cases.
Windsor-Essex will move into stage 3 of the provincial reopening plan on Wednesday, August 12, the government said on Monday.
The region, which grappled with outbreaks among migrant farm workers living in congregate settings, is the last of Ontario’s 34 Public Health Units to enter stage 3.
“The decision was based on positive local trends of key public health indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, ongoing hospital capacity, public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing,” the provincial government said in a statement.
Ottawa = 20
Peel Region = 19
Toronto = 16
Windsor-Essex = 12
Niagara Region = 11
York Region = 7