For the third day in a row, Ontario reported fewer than 100 new cases of COVID-19 with only 86 new cases reported as of Wednesday.
Over the past three days, Provincial Health Officials confirmed 86 new cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, 91 cases reported as of Tuesday, and 88 cases were reported as of Monday.
According to the latest reports, Toronto, Ottawa, Peel, York, and Chatham-Kent were the only public health units, out of the province’s 34 health units, that have reported 10 or more new cases.
At least 22 out of the 34 public health units in Ontario reported no new cases of the virus at all.
To date, Ontario has now seen a total of 39,714 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak first began in late January of this year.
Of the 39,714 cases, public health officials consider at least 90 percent of these cases were resolved, or in other words, 90 percent of COVID-19 patients have recovered from the deadly virus.
With school set to reopen this fall amid the pandemic, will Premier Ford keep class sizes smaller?
Following a report from SickKids Hospital, studying the importance of keeping class sizes low amid the pandemic, Premier Doug Ford was asked about the possibility of capping class sizes as students return to school in September during his news conference on Wednesday.
Although Premier Ford did not say his government would commit keeping class sizes smaller, he mentioned that the province already had some of the lowest student-to-instructor ratios in the country, especially for Grade 3 classes.
The Premier did acknowledge however that in Kindergarten classes this still meant there could potentially be 30 children in a single class.
“Is it going to be perfect? No,” said Premier Ford commenting on his government’s plan for reopening schools in September. “I personally feel we have the best plan in the entire country.”
Additionally, Premier Ford mentioned that parents who are not comfortable with sending their children to school would have the option of keeping them at home when schools open in September through an online remote learning alternative.
“We have two options here. We bring the kids to school, which I’m hearing the vast majority of parents want to get back to normal … or keep your kids at home and you do online courses,” said Premier Ford.
“I get it, not all parents are going to be 100 percent comfortable. I wish I had the magical wand to say everyone is going to be perfectly fine. Let’s see. We’re relying on the best health minds in the country.”
Most of Ontario have been cleared for Stage 3 Reopening, will major attractions be able to reopen?
During the provincial government’s daily press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Lisa MacLeod was asked why certain attractions such as Canada’s Wonderland have not been permitted to reopen.
Ms. Macleod responded to the question saying that the province’s command table, including the Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams, has advised that theme parks and waterparks could pose a threat amid the pandemic and that the province is continuing to assess the situation.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Canada’s Wonderland said that the theme park is “disappointed” it still hasn’t received the approval to reopen.
The theme park said that it had submitted its plans to reopen to the province which included physical distancing, capacity control, and hygiene protocol that meet and or exceed Ontario’s requirements for reopening.
“We will continue to work with the Ontario government and hope to welcome guests back soon to a fun and safe environment,” said Canada’s Wonderland spokesperson Grace Peacock.
Ontario COVID-19 Stats
Confirmed cases: 39,714
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