Coronavirus Canada updates: Worrisome stretch continues in Ontario, 21 more cases in schools

Coronavirus Canada Updates: 231 new COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 275 more variant cases
Coronavirus Canada Updates: 231 new COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, 275 more variant cases

Ontario reported 293 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, which marks the seventh straight day that the province has exceeded the 200-case mark. Before the recent stretch, the province had not posted over 200 cases since June 29.

The most recent patients were identified after Ontario labs completed 35,134 tests for COVID-19, the second highest amount in a 24-hour stretch since the start of the pandemic.

Of those cases, 85 were identified in Toronto, 63 in Peel, 39 in Ottawa, 37 in York and 12 in Halton. All the other 29 public health units reported 10 of fewer cases, while 14 reported no new patients at all. On Thursday, Doug Ford’s provincial government announced new gathering restrictions for Toronto, Peel and Ottawa, which have been deemed Ontario’s hotspots.

Twenty-one new cases were identified in schools for a total of 62, which are spread throughout 51 of the province’s 4,828 learning institutions. Of the latest cases, five involve students, four involve teachers, while the other 12 have not yet been identified by the Ministry of Health. Two new cases were also reported in child care centres and homes (one child, one staff) for a total of 72.

There were no new cases among residents of long-term care homes, but there are six new patients that involve health-care workers. One-hundred sixty-nine of the cases are among those 20-39 years old, the most of any age group. There were also 66 cases among those 40-59, and 37 involving people 19 years old or younger.

Since Wednesday’s report, 179 more people have recovered and three have died in relation to the virus. Throughout Ontario, there are now 2,427 active cases of COVID-19, the most since June 16. Toronto leads the way with 725 currently infected patients, followed by Peel (528), Ottawa (407) and York (216). All of the other 30 public health units have fewer than 80.

Of those currently infected patients, there are 53 in hospital, which includes 21 in intensive care and 12 who require a ventilator.

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