Ford tests negative for COVID-19; Ontario reports 203 new cases, 12 deaths


TORONTO — Ontario reported 203 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday — the lowest growth rate in more than three months, which also coincided with a record number of tests completed.

Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott had COVID-19 test results come back negative Thursday, after getting tested the previous day out of what Ford’s office called an “abundance of caution.”

They got tested after learning that Education Minister Stephen Lecce had come into contact with someone who was infected. Ford and Elliott held a joint news conference the day before with Lecce to announce a child-care reopening plan. Lecce’s test result also came back negative.

Ontario completed 24,341 tests in the previous day, the highest daily total to date.

With the 203 new cases, the province has now had a total of 31,544. That’s an increase of 0.6 per cent over the previous day — the lowest growth rate in new cases since early March.

The total includes 12 new deaths for a total of 2,487, and 25,885 resolved cases — 505 more than the previous day.

Elliott noted in a tweet that the number of resolved cases is growing faster than the number of new cases.

“In fact, since Tuesday there are 709 fewer active cases of the virus in Ontario,” she wrote. “The vast majority of new cases continue to come from the Greater Toronto Area.”

The regions allowed to move to Stage 2 of Ontario’s economic reopening plan Friday are still seeing few if any new cases, Elliott wrote.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 continued to steadily decline, from 580 the previous day to 538 Thursday — the lowest number since early April.

The number of people in intensive care and on ventilators with COVID-19 both increased slightly.


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