Ontario reports 1,210 new cases today, 28 deaths

The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Ontario is reporting 1,210 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 28 new deaths due to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 361cases are in Peel Region, 346 are in Toronto, and 143 are in York Region.

In the province’s long-term care homes, 619 residents currently have COVID-19 and 15 new deaths have been reported today.

The province says 103 of its 626 long-term care homes are experiencing an outbreak.

And 91 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in public schools, including at least 75 among students.

Those bring the number of schools with a reported case to 680 out of Ontario’s 4,828 publicly funded schools.

Meanwhile, the Ontario Hospital Association says the province has hit the critical mark of 150 COVID-19 patients in its intensive care units.

Earlier this month, medical experts advising the government noted that the figure would mark a point where Ontario hospitals have to begin cancelling surgeries.

The CEO of the hospital association says all regions are reporting increased admissions.

Premier Doug Ford said yesterday that further restrictions are coming in virus hot spots because hospitals are reaching capacity.

Ford says he expects to announce the new restrictions for Toronto, Peel, and York Region tomorrow.