Ontario reports fewer than 200 new cases of COVID-19 for a 4th straight day

News Jun 17, 2020 by Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief

Ontario has reported fewer than 200 new cases of COVID-19 for the fourth day in a row.

There were 190 additional cases detected Tuesday, an increase from 184 the day before.

Dr. David Williams, the province’s chief medical officer for health, has long maintained that a threshold of 200 or fewer new cases is essential to allowing the pandemic-stricken economy to open up more.

On Twitter, Health Minister Christine Elliott said despite that “slight uptick over yesterday, there’s still plenty of good news, including a considerable increase in resolved cases, with 353 more today.”

“Today’s increase in resolved (cases) continues a more than weeklong trend of daily decreases in the number of active cases, with 1,408 fewer active cases since last Tuesday,” Elliott said Wednesday.

“Hospitalizations, ICU admissions and vented patients also all continue to decline,” she said, referring to some of the key indicators that health officials use to ensure hospitals are not overwhelmed by coronavirus cases.

Ontario has been in a state of emergency since March 17 to stop the spread of the virus and protect front-line health-care workers by maintaining capacity in the province’s hospitals.

There were 12 more deaths reported overnight bring the province’s toll to 2,550. Of those, 1,636 have been in long-term-care homes.

Elliott noted that 29 of Ontario’s 34 public health units “reported five or fewer COVID-19 cases (a new high), with 19 of them reporting no new cases at all.”

Four-fifths — 81 per cent — of the 190 new cases were from Toronto, Peel Region, and Windsor-Essex, which will be the last areas of Ontario to remain in stage one of the economy reopening.

After Friday, every other region of the province — including Halton, Durham, York, and Hamilton — will be in the second stage, meaning restaurant patios can open as can hair salons, barber shops, and more recreational facilities.

There were 24,205 COVID-19 tests were processed Tuesday.

Robert Benzie is the Star’s Queen’s Park bureau chief and a reporter covering Ontario politics. Follow him on Twitter: @robertbenzie

Ontario reports fewer than 200 new cases of COVID-19 for a 4th straight day

News Jun 17, 2020 by Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief

Ontario has reported fewer than 200 new cases of COVID-19 for the fourth day in a row.

There were 190 additional cases detected Tuesday, an increase from 184 the day before.

Dr. David Williams, the province’s chief medical officer for health, has long maintained that a threshold of 200 or fewer new cases is essential to allowing the pandemic-stricken economy to open up more.

On Twitter, Health Minister Christine Elliott said despite that “slight uptick over yesterday, there’s still plenty of good news, including a considerable increase in resolved cases, with 353 more today.”

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“Today’s increase in resolved (cases) continues a more than weeklong trend of daily decreases in the number of active cases, with 1,408 fewer active cases since last Tuesday,” Elliott said Wednesday.

“Hospitalizations, ICU admissions and vented patients also all continue to decline,” she said, referring to some of the key indicators that health officials use to ensure hospitals are not overwhelmed by coronavirus cases.

Ontario has been in a state of emergency since March 17 to stop the spread of the virus and protect front-line health-care workers by maintaining capacity in the province’s hospitals.

There were 12 more deaths reported overnight bring the province’s toll to 2,550. Of those, 1,636 have been in long-term-care homes.

Elliott noted that 29 of Ontario’s 34 public health units “reported five or fewer COVID-19 cases (a new high), with 19 of them reporting no new cases at all.”

Four-fifths — 81 per cent — of the 190 new cases were from Toronto, Peel Region, and Windsor-Essex, which will be the last areas of Ontario to remain in stage one of the economy reopening.

After Friday, every other region of the province — including Halton, Durham, York, and Hamilton — will be in the second stage, meaning restaurant patios can open as can hair salons, barber shops, and more recreational facilities.

There were 24,205 COVID-19 tests were processed Tuesday.

Robert Benzie is the Star’s Queen’s Park bureau chief and a reporter covering Ontario politics. Follow him on Twitter: @robertbenzie

Ontario reports fewer than 200 new cases of COVID-19 for a 4th straight day

News Jun 17, 2020 by Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief

Ontario has reported fewer than 200 new cases of COVID-19 for the fourth day in a row.

There were 190 additional cases detected Tuesday, an increase from 184 the day before.

Dr. David Williams, the province’s chief medical officer for health, has long maintained that a threshold of 200 or fewer new cases is essential to allowing the pandemic-stricken economy to open up more.

On Twitter, Health Minister Christine Elliott said despite that “slight uptick over yesterday, there’s still plenty of good news, including a considerable increase in resolved cases, with 353 more today.”

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“Today’s increase in resolved (cases) continues a more than weeklong trend of daily decreases in the number of active cases, with 1,408 fewer active cases since last Tuesday,” Elliott said Wednesday.

“Hospitalizations, ICU admissions and vented patients also all continue to decline,” she said, referring to some of the key indicators that health officials use to ensure hospitals are not overwhelmed by coronavirus cases.

Ontario has been in a state of emergency since March 17 to stop the spread of the virus and protect front-line health-care workers by maintaining capacity in the province’s hospitals.

There were 12 more deaths reported overnight bring the province’s toll to 2,550. Of those, 1,636 have been in long-term-care homes.

Elliott noted that 29 of Ontario’s 34 public health units “reported five or fewer COVID-19 cases (a new high), with 19 of them reporting no new cases at all.”

Four-fifths — 81 per cent — of the 190 new cases were from Toronto, Peel Region, and Windsor-Essex, which will be the last areas of Ontario to remain in stage one of the economy reopening.

After Friday, every other region of the province — including Halton, Durham, York, and Hamilton — will be in the second stage, meaning restaurant patios can open as can hair salons, barber shops, and more recreational facilities.

There were 24,205 COVID-19 tests were processed Tuesday.

Robert Benzie is the Star’s Queen’s Park bureau chief and a reporter covering Ontario politics. Follow him on Twitter: @robertbenzie