New cases in Ontario drops below 400 after recent spike

York Region Stage 2
York region stage 2

Ontario is reporting 338 new cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1.2 percent, bringing the total number of cases to more than 29,000, with more than 78 percent of those resolved.

Currently there are 791 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, 127 of those are in ICU and 92 are on ventilators.

The province completeled more than 17,000 tests with more 11,636 currently under investigation.

The death toll in the province is up by 19, pushing the total past 2,300.

Deaths reported for long-term care homes, where there are currently 94 active outbreaks, account for more than 63 percent of the total.

Meanwhile, the Ontario Long-Term Care Association says the federal government must do more to help provinces prepare long term care homes for the next wave of COVID-19.’

Association CEO Donna Duncan is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to quickly negotiate a funding agreement with provincial governments to help long-term care systems prepare to hire hundreds of new staff and equip them with the right protective gear.