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Ontario confirms 251 new cases of COVID-19, 4 new deaths

Last Updated Sep 15, 2020 at 11:33 am EDT

Ontario is reporting 251 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the province’s chief medical officer of health says.

Toronto led the way again for the highest number of cases reported at 73, while there were 51 in Ottawa and 42 in Peel Region.

An additional four people have died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 2,820.

Of the 45,068 cases in Ontario, 89 per cent are considered resolved, an increase of 117 Tuesday.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 24 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases while 14 reported no new cases.

Tuesday’s number is a decrease from 313 on Monday — the first time the number was more than 300 since early June.

Another 14 new cases were reported in Ontario schools, including four staff cases, four student cases and six unknown, for a total of 29 cases in 27 schools.

There are four schools in Toronto District Catholic School Board with one staff case each and seven schools from the Peel region with one confirmed case.

At a news conference on Monday, Premier Doug Ford said the recent spike in virus rates over the past two weeks has his government concerned, adding that he is considering closing down hard-hit areas.

Elliott said the province will unveil a new strategy to address COVID-19 this fall which will take into account flu season and current capacity challenges in both long-term care facilities and hospitals.