Ontario Reports 116 New COVID-19 Cases As Province Prepares for Next Stage of Reopening

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As Ontario prepares to reopen the economy further, the province is reporting 116 new cases of COVID-19.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said Monday that 29 of the province’s 34 public health units have reported five or fewer cases, and 21 of them have not reported any new cases.

“After seeing a continued decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases as the province entered phase two, and with record hospitalizations, we are providing details today on phase three of our plan to continue security and progressiveness. reopening the province, “said Elliott on Twitter.

There are 104 patients in Ontario hospitals with coronaviruses, 28 of whom are in intensive care units. Of these, 20 are ventilated.

These encouraging data explain why Prime Minister Doug Ford unveils the next steps in opening the economy Monday evening.

Ontario has been in a state of emergency since March 17, which means the government has absolute power to close businesses and restrict the opening of public spaces.

Parts of the province will enter Stage Three later this week, which means restaurants and bars can serve meals indoors.

Other businesses such as gymnasiums could also be allowed to reopen as long as the safe physical distance is maintained.

The province says 2,710 people have died from the virus since the March pandemic, but the Star has determined that there have been dozens of COVID-19 deaths in Ontario.

This difference is due to the fact that at the beginning of the epidemic, some were not included because the COVID-19 tests were not carried out before the death of the people – elderly residents of long-term care homes.

The government says there have been 36,839 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.

But at 6 p.m. Friday, a star rating from regional public health units found 38,470 cases.

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The Star tally includes some patients reported as “probable” COVID-19 cases.

This means that they have symptoms, contacts or a history of travel which indicate that they most likely have the disease but have not yet received a positive test from a laboratory.

Robert Benzie is the office manager of Star’s Queen’s Park and a journalist covering Ontario politics. Follow him on Twitter: @robertbenzie

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