Premier and Minister of Education hold briefing on COVID-19 as Ontario sees 100 new cases

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Premier Doug Ford is scheduled to hold his daily COVID-19 briefing today at 1 p.m. Ford’s office says he will be joined by Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Kinga Surma, MPP for Etobicoke Center. You can watch it live in this story.


Ontario reported 100 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the province’s total to 41,607 since the outbreak began in January.

The 0.2% increase in the cumulative number of cases in Ontario comes as the province’s lab network processed more than 20,000 tests yesterday, Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a series of tweets.

Most of the province’s 34 public health regions are keeping transmission rates of the novel coronavirus relatively low, with 30 reporting five or fewer newly confirmed cases in today’s update. Of those 30, 18 saw no new cases.

There are currently 1,059 confirmed and active cases in the province, after a further 75 were marked as resolved in today’s update. The majority of active cases are concentrated in Peel, Toronto and Ottawa.

The official death toll from COVID-19 in Ontario has increased by two and now stands at 2,800. A CBC News tally based on data from public health units puts the true toll at 2,834.

There is one less person with a confirmed case of the disease hospitalized since Sunday, but the number of patients on ventilators has dropped from seven to 10.

All of the numbers used in this story can be found in the Department of Health’s daily update, which includes data up to 4 p.m. the previous day. The number of cases for a given region on any given day may differ from what is reported by the local public health unit, which often avoids delays in the provincial system.

Ontario recorded another 100 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, making it their fifth consecutive day in triple digits. (Nathan Denette / Canadian Press)

Bus Drivers Still Waiting For COVID-19 Security Protocols

Meanwhile, some school bus drivers say they haven’t received COVID-19 safety protocols within weeks of starting classes.

The drivers, represented by Unifor, will hold a press conference this morning to discuss their request for information on their vehicle safety measures.

The union says many of its drivers are seniors and are more vulnerable to the virus.

Ontario released a plan to reopen schools a few weeks ago that will allow students to return to class in early September.

Some school bus drivers say they haven’t received detailed COVID-19 safety protocols within weeks of starting school. (Bert Savard / CBC)

School boards have been allowed to stagger the start of classes over the first two weeks of the school year if they need more time to prepare.

Teacher unions and parents have expressed concern that the Ontario government’s approach has not done enough to reduce class sizes and encourage physical distancing.

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