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Ontario reports 154 new COVID-19 cases Monday, mostly in Toronto and Peel Region

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Ontario’s network of labs processed 17,303 tests for the novel coronavirus yesterday, the Ministry of Health says. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Ontario reported 154 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with the majority concentrated in Toronto and Peel Region.

Windsor-Essex, which recently saw a surge of cases among temporary farm workers in the Leamington and Kingsville areas, saw just four newly confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus.

Toronto and Peel reported 59 and 43 cases, respectively.

The province has now had a total of 35,948 confirmed cases since the outbreak began in late January. About 87.4 per cent of those are resolved.

Twenty-nine of Ontario’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer new cases, and 18 of those 29 units confirmed no new cases at all, Minister of Health Christine Elliott noted in a series of tweets. Only three — Toronto, Peel and York — found more than 10.

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Fifty-eight of the new cases reported today are in people aged 20 to 39, while 51 more are in the 40-59 age group.

The number of patients in Ontario hospitals with confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued its steady decline and is now 118. Thirty-six are being treated in intensive care units, while 21 require ventilators.

Over the weekend, Toronto’s Humber River Hospital reported that it had no COVID-19 patients in its ICU for the first time since March.

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Moreover, the province’s network of community, commercial and hospital labs processed 17,303 test samples for the novel coronavirus yesterday. Another 8,931 are in the queue waiting to be completed.

The Ministry of Health also reported no new COVID-19-linked deaths today, and Ontario’s official death toll sits at 2,689. A CBC News count based on data provided directly by public health units puts the real toll at 2,734.

Most courts reopen

Meanwhile, Ontario’s courts will resume in-person proceedings today after being shuttered for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of the Attorney General has said courtrooms will reopen gradually, with the goal of having all courtrooms operational by November 1.

The initial plan was to have 149 courtrooms in both the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice open today for trials and preliminary inquiries in 44 locations, but on Saturday the ministry announced that two of those locations were not yet ready to reopen.

It says the College Park courthouse in Toronto and the Guelph courthouse did not have the necessary health and safety precautions in place.

In the courthouses that are reopening, there will be plexiglass barriers in courtrooms, interview rooms, intake offices and at public counters.

The ministry also says everyone will be required to answer COVID-19 screening questions before entering and masks will be mandatory.

The courthouses have been closed since March 16, with some operations moving online.

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