Ontario confirms 251 new COVID cases today

  • Ontario confirms 251 new COVID cases today

Ontario confirms 251 new COVID cases today

The minister noted "67 per of today's cases are in people under the age of 40".

Ford noted that the province is better prepared for the second than first wave, with more PPE being manufactured in the province and better healthcare capacity for a surge of expected cases. Most cases appear to be in the Toronto, Peel, York and Ottawa regions, according to health officials.

Ford addressed a question on the deficit and paying down the province's debt from the pandemic - saying efforts to cut red tape and regulations, as well as ensuring hydro rates are fair, will help create the environment for businesses to generate jobs - and said, in response to another inquiry, that no other infrastructure project is more important to the people of Ontario, especially in rural communities, than broadband internet.

"We need to be all over this", Ford said while making an announcement in Guelph. "COVID-19 does not like to be in a steady state", he said.

"We are continuing with the Thornhill (Medical) ventilator, ICU in a box units, which we will continue producing through the end of the year", she added. Yeah, I believe it's coming as sure as I am standing here. "I hope to god I'm wrong".

Whether or not this is the start of a second wave can not be determined just yet.

"Clearly we are not starting this process on the right foot", UHN epidemiologist Dr. Isaac Bogoch said Tuesday.

Elliott said "whether this is the start of the second wave or not, it certainly has our attention and we're deadling with it".

He says some people have been lulled into a false sense of security by case numbers which had been decreasing last month.

"It's the difference between being ready for the worst, or not", he said.

Elliott said there are no plans to halt or postpone more medical procedures at this time.

Regionally, the local health unit's recorded positive cases over the duration of the pandemic totals 52.

Across the province, there are 1,848 active cases.

Epidemiologists look at the reproductive number of COVID-19, which indicates how many other people an infected person will pass the virus onto, on average. The highest was April 24 with 640 infections reported when just 12,295 tests were conducted.

Officials also confirmed four new deaths from infection, all in residents of long-term care homes.

The vast majority of the province's COVID-19 patients have since recovered, and the recent rise in cases has not yet resulted in a significant jump in hospitalizations or deaths.