323 new COVID cases in Ontario

Daniel Fowler
June 1, 2020

Ontario reported 344 new cases Friday for a total of 27,210 - the vast majority recovered - a number that was unlikely to prompt public health officials to call a halt to further reopening of the economy.

This new data brings the total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 2,266 with the total number of cases the province has seen since the start of the pandemic at 27,859.

A total of 801 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, with 121 patients in intensive care units and 84 on ventilators.

Elsewhere in the province, the Island Region has recorded 127 cases, the Interior Health region has confirmed 195 cases and the Northern Health region has reported 64.

Another 17 people have died bringing the death toll to 2,247.

Public health officials had been to date resisting unique regional reopening plans for fear that COVID-19 would easily breach the "invisible walls" between jurisdictions.

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On Saturday, the province had reported a record-breaking number of COVID-19 tests completed in a single day with 20,640 tests being done.

It is one of 18 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care, retirement and group homes in the city, according to Ottawa Public Health.

In a tweet on Saturday, Deputy Premier Christine Elliott explained, "Yesterday, Ontario processed over 20,000 tests, using the full capacity of our lab network".

Among the total cases, 78 (11%) have been residents or patients associated with a confirmed institutional outbreak, and among the total deaths, 11 (44%) have been residents or patients associated with a confirmed institutional outbreak. The province now has a daily capacity of almost 25,000.

Drive-in movie theatres and batting cages will be reopen effective Sunday with physical distancing measures in effect.

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