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Ontario COVID-19 cases climb over 4,000 with 408 more today

There are now 44 outbreaks declared at Ontario long-term care homes
Ontario issued this emergency alert telling residents to stay home and avoid any non-essential travel and supply runs.

Ontario Health has reported another 408 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 this morning, bringing the province’s total to 4,038.

There are now 1,449 cases resolved (recovered) and 119 deaths in the province linked to the virus.

There are 523 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and 200 of those are in an intensive care unit. There are 154 people on a ventilator due to COVID-19.

Ontario has now tested 75,046 people for COVID-19 and there remains 981 cases under investigation.

The data reported by the province this morning was current as of 4 p.m. yesterday.

The province is also reporting outbreaks at 44 Ontario long-term care homes, yesterday there were 36.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit SMDHU has yet to announce the test results for 10 staff, two residents, and two residents who died suddenly at Spencer House in Orillia. Another eight staff have been identified as potential cases and are in self-isolation.

The first case for the long-term care facility was announced on Wednesday in a staff member, and SMDHU said the employee was infectious while at work. On Friday, the health unit announced it was investigating two sudden deaths, 18 potential cases in staff members and another two in residents living at Spencer House.

On Saturday, a province-wide emergency alert went out to Ontarians telling them to stay home and only to go out if it’s absolutely necessary.

Global News has reported the Department of National Defence says members of the Joint Task Force Central will be heading from units across Ontario to Canadian Forces Base Borden.The department says the aim is to form a task force at Borden.

The troops will then be ready to respond to any requests from the government to help deal with COVID-19 or potential spring flooding.

Erika Engel

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