COVID-19: Testing down, circumstances up in Ontario; Canada extends momentary layoff timelines for federally-regulated jobs

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Ontario’s COVID-19 testing volumes had been down considerably on Tuesday, whereas the variety of new circumstances and hospitalizations each rose.

Well being Minister Christine Elliott identified that of the 216 new circumstances recorded throughout the province within the final day, 78 per cent got here from Toronto, Peel, York and Windsor.

And regardless of the rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations to 288, “They continue to be effectively under peak ranges when there have been greater than 1,000 COVID-19 sufferers in hospital,” Elliott tweeted. The variety of sufferers in ICU – 75 – and people on ventilators – 54 – decreased within the final day.

In the meantime, for the primary time in two weeks, the variety of every day exams processed the day past dropped under 20,000. Ontario reported Tuesday that 16,189 exams had been processed within the final 24 hours.

Ten extra COVID-19 deaths had been additionally recorded by the province.

Within the hard-hit long-term care sector, 66 houses are at present battling outbreaks of the virus. There have been 240 confirmed lively circumstances amongst LTC residents and 346 amongst workers as of Tuesday.