Ontario reports 551 new COVID-19 cases, 38 more deaths

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TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 551 new COVID-19 cases today, and 38 new deaths.

The new provincial total of 11,735 cases is a 4.9 per cent increase over Monday’s total, which is the lowest growth rate in weeks.

That comes a day after new provincial modelling suggests the community spread in Ontario is in the peak period, though cases in long-term care homes are rising.

At least 367 long-term care residents have died amid outbreaks at 127 facilities.

The provincial total includes 622 deaths and 5,806 resolved cases — which is nearly half.

Hospitalizations are up, however, from 802 to 859, and the numbers of people in intensive care and on ventilators also rose, albeit slightly.

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