Ontario surpasses 300 cases of COVID-19

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario continues to rise.

Data released Friday morning from the government show an additional 50 cases from Thursday evening.

There are now 301 confirmed cases of the virus, with five people recovered and two dead.

So far, over 19,000 people have been approved to be tested for the virus.

Of those tested, more than 13,700 have come back negative.

At a news conference Friday afternoon, Premier Doug Ford announced that his cabinet would be discussing childcare options for essential staff and front-line workers.

While he continued to stress social distancing and encouraging people to stay home, he wasn’t prepared to order a lock down similar to what’s being seen in California.

“Everything is on the table,” he says, adding he is relying on the advice of medical professionals.

“I won’t hesitate to shut everything down.”