Ontario reports fewer than 200 new COVID-19 cases for 5th straight day


All but three of Ontario’s 34 public health units have now moved into the next phase of the province’s reopening plan. (Timothy Neesam/CBC)

Ontario reported 173 additional cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and the Ministry of Health says that more than 85 per cent of all cases in the province are now resolved.

It’s the fifth straight day that the number of new cases has been below 200.

Twenty-six of the province’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer additional confirmed cases, and 16 of those had no new cases at all.

Toronto and Peel Region, two of the three public health units not yet allowed to move into the next phase of reopening, combined for just 97 newly confirmed cases.

There are now about 2,360 active COVID-19 cases provincewide.

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The province’s network of community, commercial and hospital labs processed 25,278 tests yesterday, while another 24,887 are in the queue waiting to be completed.

The number of patients in Ontario hospitals with confirmed cases of the illness continued its steady decline, falling by 32 down to 351. Those being treated in intensive care units decreased by eight to 84, while those requiring a ventilator also dropped by five and now sits at 60.

Premier Doug Ford is scheduled to hold his daily briefing at 1 p.m. ET. Ford’s office says he will be joined by Health Minister Christine Elliott and Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.

Meanwhile, later this morning the Ministry of Health is expected to provide a technical briefing for media on the province’s “enhanced case and contact management strategy.”

It comes one day after Ford’s government tabled a motion in the legislature to extend the province’s state of emergency to July 15.

“The premier is hopeful that this will be the final extension,” a spokeswoman from his office said of the measure, which will be debated next week.

CBC News

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