COVID-19 cases are spiking

Henrietta Strickland
September 24, 2020

Ontario reported another 335 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, a marked departure from new daily case counts observed earlier this week.

With Christine Elliott, deputy premier and minister of health, Ford is set to make an announcement at 1 p.m.in Huntsville.

Public Health data released Tuesday confirmed 478 new cases provincewide with 153 in Toronto, 95 in Peel and 90 in Ottawa.

The premier announced the province is rolling out "the largest flu immunization campaign in Ontario's history". "This is a top priority to keep these very vulnerable citizens safe and healthy".

"The flu shot helps reduce visits to our emergency rooms and doctors' offices", he said. And I encourage everyone to get their flu shot this year.

In a press release issued today, the government said it will be implementing the largest flu immunization campaign in the province's history.

The province will spend $70 million on the influenza vaccination campaign, which will include ordering 5.1 million flu vaccine doses. As the 2020 flu season approaches, several health experts have voiced concerns that COVID-19 cases may be exacerbated by an incoming 'twindemic, ' which could bog down an already exhausted health system. That's the highest number since late April, when active cases reached a high of 673.

"We will be supplying that vaccine to residents of long-term care homes and staff members as well and people in hospitals and retirement homes and other places of congregate living", Elliott said.

To date, 32,204 tests have been conducted in the region, the health unit reported.

In Canada, there have been 145,415 positive cases recorded in total with 10,653 active cases now outstanding and 9,228 deaths to date.

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