Daily COVID-19 case count tops 900 in Ontario

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Premier Doug Ford's Cabinet is slated to hold an emergency meeting Friday morning to discuss further public health measures, particularly in areas considered "hotspots" for the virus.

There are 225 Ontarians now hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of 19 from the previous day.

Public Health Ontario officials confirmed this afternoon, Toronto, Ottawa, and Peel Region will roll back into a modified Stage 2 of recovery; while schools and daycares in these locations are expected to remain open, the modified restrictions will impact many other sectors.

The 939 new cases reported Friday bring the province's total to 57,681 since January 15.

Ontario announced new restrictions for Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa on Friday in an attempt to bring surging COVID-19 infections under control, a move critics said ought to have come days earlier.

A record 49,900 tests were completed over the last day but there's still a backlog of over 58,000 waiting for results. The 2.1 per cent positivity rate is the highest it has recorded since June 7. Today's seven individuals include one person between 40 and 59 years old and six people over the age of 80.

This means that of the nearly 3,000 Ontarians whose deaths are included in the provincial COVID-19 case data, it is unknown how many of them did in fact die because of COVID-19. Four of the province's 4,828 schools have been forced to close.

The largest number of active cases is among those aged 20-29, OPH data shows.

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Tam's statement comes as the Ontario and Quebec governments work to rein in surging case counts with new restrictions in regional hot spots.

As of Saturday there are 213 people being treated for the novel coronavirus in the hospital. "Hospitalizations and the number of people in intensive care have increased by 250 per cent".

Health officials point to a risky trend, with seven consecutive weeks of growing case counts in these hot spots. "In eight days", she emphasized. Halton region reported 43 new cases, 24 of them in Burlington.

Quebec also reported 14 additional deaths. The region's death toll remains unchanged at 34.

In addition, 1,001 more people have recently recovered from the virus.

Ontario's patient ombudsman released a special report on Thursday calling for changes in the province's handling of outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

Quebec's testing numbers are reflective of its output from two days prior.

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