Ontario COVID-19 deaths up 37 as 510 new positive cases reported

Ontario COVID-19 deaths up 37 as 510 new positive cases reported

Ontario COVID-19 deaths up 37 as 510 new positive cases reported

- Assisting 20 long-term care homes, which were previously experiencing outbreaks, to become now outbreak-free.

"We're making sure those communication channels are open", said Fullerton, adding that consistent and timely numbers are "very important".

Test specimens from 6,757 others were under investigation on Thursday.

Chief Executive Officer Doris Grinspun says she expected Doug Ford to call on local health-care professionals for help.

Toronto Public Health has begun a preliminary ecological analysis of home addresses of COVID-19 cases to determine if those living in some areas are more likely to become infected and end up in hospital.

Expanded testing guidance earlier this month told public health units to test any asymptomatic contacts of a confirmed positive case in a home, including residents in adjacent rooms, but stopped short of directing that all residents and staff be tested. He said Wednesday that he was frustrated it took so long to come to fruition.

In addition, the government has introduced a new measure to allow mental health and addictions agencies to redeploy staff within different locations or between programs, and employ extra part-time staff, temporary staff or contractors in order to ensure people continue receiving the high quality care they expect and deserve during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The official provincial death toll from COVID-19 was reported as 659 Wednesday, up 37 during a 24-hour period.

The new cases bring the provincial total to 12,245 _ a 4.3 per cent increase over Tuesday, which is the lowest growth rate in weeks.

He said that threshold is where he is confident public health units could rapidly and accurately, test, trace and isolate each case in real time to stop the virus' spread.

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