Ontario reports record number of new COVID-19 cases


Speaking on CTV News at Noon, Dr. Paul Roumeliotis notes that the 700 new cases that were reported in Ontario on Monday are, so far, an anomaly compared to previous days. It is now conducting approximately 41,000 tests per day. The second wave, he said, has the potential to be more complicated and hard-hitting than the first wave experienced in the spring. "The reality is that is up to each of us". "It's up to each of us; together our collective actions will decide if we face a wave or a tsunami".

Premier Doug Ford says the second wave of COVID-19 is here in Ontario.

That said the seven-day rolling average still stands at 461. Between mid-April and mid-May, for instance, the average number of daily tests was approximately 13,200.

Toronto had 344 new cases, with 104 in Peel, 89 in Ottawa and 57 in York region. Six cases remain active - four in Oxford County and two in St. Thomas.

Speaking with reporters at Monday's briefing, Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams said that the province is clearly on "the slow upward curve" of a second wave of infections.

"Today's significant investment will allow us to recruit, retain, and quickly deploy a militia of health care heroes, caregivers, and volunteer professionals to care for our seniors and most vulnerable and ensure our health care system is prepared to deal with any outbreaks or surges in cases", Ford said in a statement.

The COVID-19 situation is constantly changing as we brace for the impact of the second wave. "Usually, we see about month or so the repercussions of large events or large spread". "We're watching this very closely".

Ontario's total number of cases has risen above 50,0000 to 50,531.

Across the province, 100 people are now hospitalized with the coronavirus; 28 of those patients are in ICU and 15 are relying on a ventilator.

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All residents who are planning to travel should be aware that COVID-19 is still circulating at different levels around the province.

Establishments would also have to stop serving alcohol by 11 p.m. and strip clubs have been ordered closed.

The association is "totally on board" with calls from the OHA to apply stricter measures to Toronto, the GTA and Ottawa, she said.

This would spell the closure of gyms, movie theatres, indoor dining areas of bars and restaurants and other non-essential places of business that were only permitted to open in Toronto under Stage 3.

Ontario is reporting that there are 700 new cases of the novel coronavirus across the province.

The location is based on the address of the person with COVID-19, not where the infection was acquired. While changes to these establishments' operating hours may have a small impact on transmission, we can not afford to wait and find out.

"There will be expected blips in numbers from day-to-day, but it's the sort of general trend that we see over time that's really important".

But Williams said the province will take a more "surgical" approach to addressing the virus during this wave, focusing on hotspots as opposed to taking a one-size-fits all approach for the whole province. He noted the virus is presenting itself differently now and presenting itself differently across the province. One more death in the province was reported Monday, bringing the total to 2,840.

It was also confirmed Monday, a possible case at Woodingford Lodge in Woodstock was a false positive. There are now 4,564 active cases province-wide.

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