Coronavirus Canada Udaptes: Ontario sees small dip in COVID-19 cases

Marco Green
October 28, 2020

The Ford government has announced that it will spend $116.5 million on the creation of hundreds of new hospital beds as part of a wider effort to boost capacity in the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The other regions in province reporting more than 10 new COVID-19 cases include Durham Region (44), Simcoe Muskoka (14), Windsor-Essex (16), Hamilton (14).

The new beds announced today are in addition to the $234.5 million investment for 139 critical care beds and up to 1,349 hospital beds included in Ontario's fall preparedness plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19.

These beds will add more capacity for hospitals in COVID-19 hotspots such as Toronto, Ottawa, Peel and York region.

Four deaths were also reported. There are no schools closed because of COVID-19.

NRPH reports 7 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, following Monday's 4.

There were 327 new cases in people between the ages of 20 to 39.

There are now 312 patients in an Ontario hospital with COVID-19, which is an increase from 295 on Monday. There have been 932 school-related cases reported in the last 14 days and 1,910 school-related cases in total since the beginning of September, which have been spread across 593 schools in Ontario. Locally, there are 355 new cases in Toronto, 169 in Peel, 89 in York Region and 58 in Ottawa.

The province reported 72,051 cases Tuesday with 61,530 now resolved.

"It is very important for us to make sure that hospitals do have additional capacity for our COVID-19 patients, for our flu patients and also for people that need the surgeries and procedures that we had to postpone during the first wave".

Once that number rises above 150 it becomes harder to support non-COVID-19 needs, the government said.

Testing numbers were low in the previous 24-hours, with fewer than 24,000 swabs completed.

Ontario has a lot more residents than Alberta, Ford noted. There are now 22,636 tests under investigation. There were 17 additional hospitalizations reported, bringing the provincial total to 312, but ICU patients dropped by three to 75 and patients on ventilators increase by one to 52. "Trends show that less people book an appointment to be tested on the weekends".

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