Ontario reports 441 new cases of COVID-19 today

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The wasted capacity points to a lack of a strategy, Furness added - something Premier Doug Ford said Thursday will be addressed with a new broader testing plan to be unveiled next week to include more workers, such as truck drivers.

"I will be like an 800 pound gorilla on their backs if I have to get testing up".

According to Peel's website, 197 COVID-19 patients have had to be hospitalized.

Provincial health officials also reported that there were no new outbreaks in long-term care homes.

The Ontario government is quickly moving forward with innovative research to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19. This phase of our testing strategy will help ensure we identify and contain new cases and allow us to closely monitor any shifts in community spread.

"Every minute counts" when it comes to tracking down the contacts of people infected with COVID-19, says Dr. Michael Warner.

Ross Romano, Ontario's Minister of Colleges and Universities, said he was not surprised to see so many promising efforts coming out of the province's post-secondary institutions.

That's why Ford said he wants to see random testing, and fast.

Among the total cases, 78 (12%) have been residents or patients associated with a confirmed institutional outbreak, and among the total deaths, 11 (44%) have been residents or patients associated with a confirmed institutional outbreak. "We need to be doing that testing frequently, perhaps weekly".

As of 10:30 am on May 21, Ontario is reporting 24,187 cases of the novel coronavirus in the province.

That is the highest single-day increase since May 8 and it marks the third time in the last five days that more than 400 new cases have been reported. That number is up compared to 7,382 tests conducted on Tuesday and 5,813 tests conducted on Monday, but down significantly compared to the province's goal set out earlier in the pandemic - hitting 20,000 tests per day.

Ford said he wants as many people as possible in the public to be tested, including people without symptoms, because until that is done, Ontario can't get a true picture of asymptomatic cases. "We will reopen childcare with strict health protocols to keep our youngest learners safe".

The government says "Assuming trends in key public health indicators continue to improve, summer day camps, both indoor and outdoor, may be permitted in July and August of this year with strict health and safety guidelines to be developed in partnership with local public health, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and municipalities".



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