For the first time since late March, only two COVID-19-related deaths were reported by the province. On Friday, health officials identified 165 new cases, and two deaths connected two the virus.
“Locally, 31 of the province’s 34 public health units — every unit except Toronto, Peel and York — are reporting five or fewer cases, with 14 of them reporting no new cases at all,” Christine Elliott, Ontario’s deputy premier and minister of health, said on Twitter.
Elliott also touted that with 179 more people considered recovered from the virus, there are 14 fewer cases in the province today than yesterday.
Many of the active cases in the province are in long-term care facilities: there are currently 44 active outbreaks in Ontario’s LTCs, with 167 active cases among residents and 287 active cases among staff.
Another area of focus for the province has been a greenhouse in the Windsor-Essex area, which was shut down on Thursday. Almost 200 migrant workers have tested positive for the virus at the facility. The medical officer for the region issues a Section 22 order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The order forces the workers to be isolated, and prohibits work at the greenhouse until further notice.