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Stricter COVID-19 measures come into effect in York Region amid rising case numbers

TORONTO - Stricter public health measures come into effect in York Region today in a bid to tackle what the Ontario government has called an “alarming” surge in COVID-19 cases.

The region north of Toronto has moved back into a modified Stage 2 of the province's pandemic plan.

Three per cent of COVID-19 tests in Ontario over last day were positive

TORONTO - Three per cent of COVID-19 tests performed in Ontario over the last day came back positive, the province’s associate chief medical officer said Wednesday, calling the rate a “worrisome” one.

The per cent positivity rate increased from the previous day’s 2.6 per cent, according to provincial data, as Ontario recorded 721 new COVID-19 cases out of roughly 32,200 tests.

Ontario reports 721 new cases, most under age 60

TORONTO - Ontario is reporting 721 new COVID-19 cases today and no new deaths related to the novel coronavirus.

The province says another 783 cases are now considered resolved.

The latest figures bring the provincial total to 61,413 cases, which includes 3,017 deaths and 52,512 resolved cases.

The bulk of the new cases are among those under the age of 60.

Ontario reports 1,553 new COVID-19 cases, 12 new deaths over two days

TORONTO–Ontario is reporting 1,553 new COVID-19 cases over two days, and 12 new deaths.

The province says there were 746 new cases recorded today, and 807 on Monday.

Nine of the deaths were reported today, and three on Monday.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says today’s new cases include 311 in Toronto, 135 in Peel Region and 116 in Ottawa.

Patient ombud on LTC homes says we must prevent repeat

TORONTO - Major changes are needed in Ontario's long-term care system, the province's patient ombudsman said Thursday as the office made a series of recommendations to deal with a resurgence in COVID-19.

Enhancing whistleblower protections, improving communications and overhauling the visitation system are among the suggestions included in the office's preliminary report.

Ontario reports 797 new cases

Ontario is reporting 797 new COVID-19 cases today, marking a new daily high.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 265 cases are in Toronto, 182 in Ottawa, 134 in Peel Region and 78 in York Region.

Elliott says 57 per cent of today's cases are in people under the age of 40.

The province says there are four new deaths reported due to the virus today.