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Ontario confirms 257 new cases of coronavirus, 177 in Windsor-Essex

Last Updated Jun 29, 2020 at 12:08 pm EDT

A nurse gets a swab ready at a temporary COVID-19 test clinic THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Ontario confirmed 257 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a significant spike from the 178 new cases reported yesterday.

Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, noted that 177 of the new cases reported today are from Windsor-Essex alone.

The chief medical officer of health for Windsor-Essex Health says he has asked for additional resources from the province to address the increased cases.

Seven more people have died, bringing the total death count in Ontario to 2,665.

The provincial total of confirmed cases now stands at 34,911 with 86.5 per cent considered resolved.

Meanwhile, in Kingston Ont., five more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak related to a nail salon in the region.

The Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health unit says a total of 27 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus are linked to the salon.

Dr. Kieran Moore, the region’s medical officer of health, says that most of the cases related to the outbreak are showing minimal symptoms and no one has been hospitalized.

He also reports that all of the people who have tested positive are self-isolating at home.

Moore also says that nearly 3,000 people have been tested in the area in the past week.

On Friday the City of Kingston made wearing a face mask mandatory in all indoor public places following the outbreak at the nail salon.

Mayor Bryan Paterson said that means people will have to wear a mask to enter places including grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants and hair and nail salons.

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