Ford speaks out as Ontario reports 103 new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rise


Premier Doug Ford holds his daily COVID-19 briefing starting at 1 p.m. Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown will join Ford. CBC News is broadcasting the press conference live above.

Ontario reported 103 more cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the second lowest number of cases in a single day in July so far, but has also seen a significant increase in hospitalizations.

The news comes after days of new case numbers that Health Minister Christine Elliott called “worrying.”

There are now 1,492 active cases of COVID-19 across the province.

The number of patients in Ontario hospitals with confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to rise again and now stands at 154, up 28 from yesterday, after hitting a low of 101 plus early this month. Thirty-five of these patients are being treated in intensive care units and 19 are on ventilators.

The official death toll in the province has remained unchanged with no new deaths reported today. A CBC News tally based on data provided directly by public health units – a move that avoids delays in provincial reports – puts the current actual toll at 2,789 as of last night.

The Ontario laboratory network has processed 26,001 tests for the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours. Another 21,825 samples are in the queue waiting to be completed.

Meanwhile, 28 of the province’s 34 public health units have confirmed five or fewer cases today. Of those 28, 21 saw no new infections.

Ottawa, which recently saw a spike in new daily cases, has only reported 14. Windsor-Essex, another region that has treated a relatively higher number of cases in recent days, has confirmed 23 cases.

The Region of Peel reported 15 new cases and Toronto 24.

By 12:01 p.m. tomorrow, 31 public health units will have moved to step 3 of the plan to reopen the province. Only Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2.

Ontario has recorded a total of 38,210 confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus since the outbreak began in late January. Of these, nearly 89% are considered resolved by the Ministry of Health. Another 151 were marked resolved today.

Also on Thursday, several unions called for an end to for-profit companies in long-term care.

Unions say COVID-19 has hit for-profit households harder than their non-profit or municipality-run counterparts.

Ontario’s network of 30 labs has processed some 26,000 tests for the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours. (CBC / Radio-Canada)

For example, 13 of Ontario’s most affected facilities are owned by lucrative businesses. Studies have attributed this in part to declining enrollment.

While the union campaign was initially directed at the Ontario government, the plan is to take it nationally.

The Progressive Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford has already said that a commission will be looking at long-term care.


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