Ontario Reports Over 400 New Cases of COVID-19 Over Long Weekend

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Ontario has reported 91 cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 419 new infections in the province over the long weekend, and announced that Windsor-Essex will continue in Stage 2 until it can better manage the local transmission of the virus.

The 91 cases included nine in Windsor-Esex, which has the highest number of active infections in Ontario at 262, well above much larger Toronto which has 184 and moved to stage 3 last Friday, allowing to bars and restaurants to serve customers inside and cinemas. , gymnasiums and playgrounds to reopen.

“We are working hard with our federal and local partners to provide the communities of Windsor-Essex with the support they need,” said Health Minister Christine Elliott.

The government has been criticized for not doing more weeks to help in the region where agricultural epidemics have persisted, but it has sent emergency medical teams and done more tests for the virus on farms and greenhouses .

Elliott said nearly half of the province’s public health units had not found new COVID-19 infections according to figures reported at 4 p.m. Monday.

“Twenty-nine of 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, and 16 have not reported any new cases,” she wrote on Twitter.

There were 22 new cases in Toronto, 16 in Peel, five in York and nine in Chatham-Kent, according to figures from the Department of Health.

The new COVID-19 smartphone app launched on Friday has been downloaded just over a million times across the country, but no separate figures were available for Ontario where opposition parties said residents low income earners with older phones couldn’t use it because their operating systems are not. compatible.

Authorities hope the app will provide further help when an expected second wave of the virus arrives in the fall and winter by notifying people who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and who uses also the application.

The number of Ontarians hospitalized with COVID-19 has risen from three to 78, according to figures from the Department of Health, with three more patients in intensive care bringing the total to 28 and two more on ventilators, bringing brings this number to 15.

More than 41,000 Ontarians have tested positive for the virus since the end of January and at least 2,800 have died, two-thirds of them in nursing homes.

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