Ontario reports 313 new COVID-19 cases, one additional death

Henrietta Strickland
September 16, 2020

Seventy-six per cent of Monday's cases are happening in three hot spots with Toronto reporting 112 cases, 71 in Peel and 60 cases in Ottawa while many rural areas continue to be virus free or have less than five cases.

Elliott said province is using three models for a potential second wave, which includes small surges, peaks and valleys of new cases, and a sudden surge, similar to what is happening this week.

"Yeah, I believe it's coming", Ford said. "We have taken all of those measures into consideration with our fall plan which we will be bringing to you very shortly", she said.

Is this the second wave?

The best way to keep everyone safe moving forward as case numbers rise again is to continue following the same advice that helped us combat the first wave so effectively.

Spiking COVID-19 cases in B.C. prompted the province to shut down nightclubs and banquet halls last week while bars and restaurants had their hours reduced.

"Clearly we are not starting this process on the right foot", UHN epidemiologist Dr. Isaac Bogoch said Tuesday.

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

"Over the next day or two we are going to be rolling out announcements for the regions that are affected", he said. So, we're prepared for the worst, and we are ready for it.

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

Elliot says all other public health units have fewer than 10 new cases, except for York Region with 13 cases, while 15 reported have no new cases.

During his daily media briefing Monday afternoon at Queens Park, Ford addressed the increase in new cases reported across the province and hinted that all options on how to handle it are up for discussion.

"The people of the North are listening and so it wouldn't be a broad swipe across the province, and that's the reason the North was able to open up Stage 2 and 3 a lot sooner than other areas because people listen". COVID-19 spreads quickly, for one. The highest was April 24 with 640 infections reported when just 12,295 tests were conducted.

Ontario recorded its highest number of coronavirus infections since early June on Monday as the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) warned that the province is "losing ground" in its battle against COVID-19.

Globally, the pandemic has infected roughly 28.9 million people resulting in 922,252 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

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