Ontario To Detail Stage 3 Of Reopening Plan Today As COVID-19 Cases Decline

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Ontario reported 116 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday as the province prepares to reveal its plans for phase 3 of reopening this afternoon.This development comes as the spread of COVID-19 continues to slow in Ontario, as the number of new daily cases has declined steadily in the past five weeks.

In a series of tweets this morning, Health Minister Christine Elliott noted that 29 of 34 public health units in Ontario have reported five or fewer additional cases today, while 21 of these 29 have confirmed no new cases. There are currently less than 1,500 active cases across the province.

In addition, the number of patients in Ontario hospitals infected with the new coronavirus is also continuing to decrease, she said. At the beginning of June, there were five times more people treated in hospital for COVID-19 than today.

“Having noted a continuing decline in the number of new [COVID-19] case as the province entered phase 2, and with hospitalizations at their lowest level, we are providing details today on phase 3 of our plan to continue the gradual and safe reopening of the province, “wrote Elliott. .

Twenty-four public health units entered stage 2 on June 12 and another seven on June 19. Toronto and Peel, the most populous health units in the province, then moved on to stage 2 five days later. This decision included the reopening of patios and hair salons.

According to a document released at the end of April, stage 3 provides for the “safe” reopening of the remaining workplaces and the relaxation of restrictions on public gatherings.

Outdoor play areas should also reopen after being closed for almost four months.

The document notes, however, that large public gatherings such as concerts and sporting events will continue to be limited for the “foreseeable future”.

Meanwhile, the current restriction of up to 10 people for social gatherings should be relaxed, although it is unclear what could be the new maximum.

But the president and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association has already expressed some hesitation about the prospect of entering phase three.

“As hospitals continue to be the anchor for Ontario’s response to COVID-19, [the OHA] will give this announcement serious consideration, “wrote Anthony Dale on Twitter.

“We cannot have health care in the halls during a pandemic. ”

Premier Doug Ford is scheduled to hold his daily COVID-19 briefing at 1:00 p.m. ET. Ford’s office says it will be joined by the ministers of health, finance and education. You can watch it live in this story.

Almost 89% of confirmed cases have been resolved

The additional COVID-19 cases reported today mean that Ontario has now seen a total of 36,839 new coronavirus infections since the start of the outbreak in late January.

Of these, 88.7% are considered resolved by the Ministry of Health.

The official death toll from the province due to illness has increased by three in today’s report and now stands at 2,722. A CBC News count based on data provided directly by public health units , however, established the true balance at 2,755 last night.

About three-quarters of all deaths were residents of long-term care homes. Health officials are currently monitoring the epidemics underway in 23 facilities.

Meanwhile, the Ontario network of some 30 community, commercial and hospital laboratories has processed some 20,896 virus screening samples since the last update. 7,837 others are in the queue waiting to be completed.

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