COVID-19: Ontario reports 998 new cases; OPH Reports Four New Deaths at Starwood Nursing Home

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Ontario reported 998 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 13 new deaths on Thursday.

The new figures, which include cases reported through Wednesday afternoon, bring the overall total to 80,690 cases and 3,195 deaths in Ontario since the start of the pandemic.

Toronto and Peel remain hot spots in the province, with 350 and 269 new confirmed cases, respectively, or 82% of the province’s total.

In addition, 381 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 86 in intensive care and 48 on ventilators.

Overall, 948 cases were resolved in the 24-hour period ending Wednesday afternoon, bringing the provincial total to 69,137.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit reported 23 new cases, for a total of 660, while the two new confirmed cases from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health brought their total to 81.

Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health, Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, et Renfrew County and District Health Unit n’ont signalé aucun nouveau cas.

Meanwhile, Quebecer Renato Battisti, chief cook aboard the bitumen-bitumen-chemical tanker Damia Desgagnés, died in a hospital in Sarnia after contracting the virus at sea.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the tragic death of chef Renato Battisti after a battle against COVID-19,” the International Seafarers Union of Canada, of which Battisti was a member, posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

Battisti worked for the Quebec shipping company Groupe Desgagnés.

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