Ontario records 251 new COVID-19 cases

Henrietta Brewer
September 16, 2020

Earlier on Monday, the province reported 313 cases, the highest numbers since early June, which Ford said is cause for concern and, if needed, further shutdowns are possible. It's just not worth it. COVID is ramping up again and we just can't have the large social gatherings.

Ontario's top public health doctor told CP24 that Ontario labs detected 251 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, and Premier Doug Ford says people in Ottawa, Peel Region and Toronto should prepare for new restrictions. "We've been working around the province for months getting ready for a second wave and that's why we returned to the House today with clear plans to protect and support Ontario".

"We did quite well with respect to wave one, but wave two is coming", she said. "We need to continue to understand what is happening in different regions".

"But I think it's fair to say that the second wave is going to be more complicated and more hard to deal with than the first wave".

"We all know that a second wave is coming".

"We don't want to have to shut things down or lock things down again, but it is absolutely essential that people continue to follow these rules". "We also have reduced capacity in our hospitals".

Ford addressed a question on the deficit and paying down the province's debt from the pandemic - saying efforts to cut red tape and regulations, as well as ensuring hydro rates are fair, will help create the environment for businesses to generate jobs - and said, in response to another inquiry, that no other infrastructure project is more important to the people of Ontario, especially in rural communities, than broadband internet.

"Yeah, I believe it's coming", Ford said.

Elliott said there are no plans to halt or postpone more medical procedures at this time.

"Is it coming, yeah it's coming as sure as I'm standing here and I hope to God I'm wrong", he responded.

"We are not going to naively say there will be no cases, there will be some", he said.

The spike in cases comes after health officials reported an increase of more than 200 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday for the third straight day. We see it all over the world.

Ontario's centrally-reported hospitalization data indicates 47 people are being treated for COVID-19 symptoms, but a count of data from local public health units on Tuesday found that at least 75 people were being treated in provincial hospitals on Tuesday, down from at least 77 on Monday.

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