Ontario registers 78 new cases of COVID-19, although Toronto is not included

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TORONTO – Ontario today reports 78 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths from the novel coronavirus, but Health Minister Christine Elliott says today’s figures do not include data of Toronto Public Health.

Elliott also says hospitalizations from the virus have declined in the previous 24 hours, while the number of patients in intensive care and on ventilators has remained stable.

The province also announced this morning that 99 more cases have been marked as resolved.

The total number of cases in Ontario is now 40,367, with 36,689 as resolved and 2,787 deaths.

The province says it has processed 29,626 tests in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Premier Doug Ford is due to meet with local leaders in Windsor-Essex today after the region entered the third stage of the plan to reopen the province this week.

Ford will spend the day in the city of Windsor and meet with mayors from across the region to discuss the economic recovery.

The Prime Minister is also set to visit Ford Motor Company’s Essex engine plant, part of which has been retooled to produce plastic face shields for frontline workers during the pandemic.

Ford will hold its daily press briefing on COVID-19 from Windsor alongside the provincial Minister of Labor and Associate Minister of Transport.

Windsor-Essex moved to Stage 3 on Wednesday after being held back due to COVID-19 outbreaks on local farms.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 12, 2020

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