Another 800-plus COVID-19 cases day in Ontario

Ontario reports 826 new cases of COVID-19 and 9 more deaths on Friday

Public health data confirmed 826 new cases Friday, 841 new cases Thursday and 821 new cases Wednesday.

The list of health care facility outbreaks remains unchanged from yesterday, with the latest confirmed outbreak being at Rapelje Lodge in Welland.

More than 800 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Ontario today but for the second consecutive day, the province's positivity rate has declined as officials work to boost testing numbers. Eight hundred and eighteen people between the ages of 60 and 70 have died after contracting the disease, while 128 of the deceased patients were between the ages of 40 and 59.

Meanwhile, Ontario announced Friday afternoon that Canadian Red Cross teams would offer short-term help to a long-term care home in Hawkesbury, Ont.

The Scarborough Health Network says six patients are infected in one unit at its general hospital in the city's east end.

The province said 292 cases are in Toronto, 186 in Peel Region, 87 in Ottawa, and 72 in York Region.

Other regions of in province reporting more than 10 new COVID-19 cases include Durham Region (29), Simcoe Muskoka (24), Hamilton (20), Halton (29), and Middlesex-London (10). There have been 1,698 school-related cases reported across 514 schools since September.

The majority of Thursday's cases were found in Ontario's four COVID-19 hot spots, which are now in a modified Stage 2. Forty child care centres are now closed because of COVID-19 cases.

Ontario is considering imposing stricter COVID-19 restrictions on at least one more Toronto-area region where daily new cases have been on the rise, Premier Doug Ford said Friday.

Another 40 thousand tests were completed over the last day but a backlog of 35,436.

Hospitalizations continued to climb, up to 276 after starting the week at 252.



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