COVID-19 trends generally promising: Williams

COVID-19 trends generally promising: Williams

COVID-19 trends generally promising: Williams

"Locally, 28 of Ontario's 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with 18 of them reporting no new cases".

All other public health units across Ontario reported either zero or five or fewer new cases.

Tuesday's report indicates the majority of new cases came from the Greater Toronto Area, with Toronto seeing 14 new cases, Peel Region with 38, York Region with 17 and Hamilton added nine more cases.

But Premier Doug Ford says the next phase of economic recovery suggests the province is turning a corner after feeling the ravages of the global pandemic.

In long-term care homes, there have been 5,540 reported cases with 1,729 deaths among residents.

Meanwhile, 32,785 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 88 per cent of cases.

Several regions across Ontario have entered Stage 3 of the province's reopening plan allowing almost all businesses to finally open their doors, except in the Toronto area and a few other regions.

There are now 108 coronavirus patients in Ontario's hospitals, with 30 in intensive care units and 21 on a ventilator in ICUs. Of those, 20 are on ventilators. These regions also moved into Stage 2 later than the rest of the province because of higher case transmissions. While that is due to expire July 24, the Progressive Conservative government is expected to pass legislation next week that will ensure more permanent powers so temporary emergency orders will be unnecessary.

Along with the Aboriginal Legal Services, the Black Legal Action Centre, and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario, the CCLA has announced a court challenge against the government's decision to share with police the personal information of all Ontarians who test positive for COVID-19.

Ontario public health officials are generally encouraged by the COVID-19 trends as a large portion of the province gets set to enter Stage 3 on Friday.

Most businesses and workplaces will be able to reopen, including dine-in restaurants, bars, cosmetic businesses, gyms, casinos and outdoor playgrounds.

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