Ontario’s number of new COVID-19 cases surpasses 100 for first time in a week

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The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario surpassed 100 today for the first time in a week.

In a tweet, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott confirmed that 115 new cases had been reported in the province in the past 24 hours, up from 79 confirmed on Sunday.

Provincial health officials recorded 70 new cases of the virus on Saturday, 88 on Friday and 95 on Thursday.

With today’s disclosure, the five-day moving average of new cases now stands at 89.

Elliott noted that although today’s data ends our run of less than 100 daily cases, the province’s downtrend continues.

“We must not lose sight of the fact that thanks to your efforts, the trend in the province remains downward,” read Elliott’s tweet.

“Locally, 28 of Ontario’s 34 public health units are still reporting five or fewer cases, and 18 of them are not reporting any new cases.

She added that the province had processed more than 22,000 tests in the past 24 hours, up from 28,000 performed a day earlier.

With a higher number of new cases and a drop in testing, the case positivity rate has dropped to 0.5% today.

The surge in new cases comes as Windsor-Essex joins the rest of Ontario in Stage 3 of the province’s plan to reopen.

“This is an exciting step forward that was only made possible through the hard work and diligence of all Ontarians to stop the spread – but we must keep it going,” Elliott wrote.

More soon…

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