Ontario confirms 412 active coronavirus cases, 6 people dead and 8 cases resolved

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On Saturday, Ontario chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams spoke about issues surrounding COVID-19 testing and efforts to ramp up the process, with hopes to increase to 5,000 tests administered per day. He stressed that it involves several moving parts, including getting new equipment out to health facilities, chemicals used in the processes to these facilities and ensuring quality checks are in place. He said normally getting testing processes would take six to eight weeks and officials are trying to get everything in place in two weeks – Mar 21, 2020

Ontario health officials announced there are 412 active cases of coronavirus in the province.

Six people have died, a 77-year-old man from Barrie, another man in his 70s in Barrie, a 51-year-old man from Halton Region, a 72-year-old woman from Markham, a man in his 70s from Toronto and a man in his 80s in Kawartha Lakes.

There are eight cases that have been deemed resolved.

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Five new cases are listed as self-isolating, including two women in their 20s from Ottawa and Waterloo, a man in his 30s from Eastern Ontario, a man in his 60s from Windsor Essex, and a man in his 50s from Hamilton.

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All of the other new cases are pending.

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Ontario has tested 26,420 people for COVID-19 and 8,361 patients are currently under investigation, while 17,634 have come back negative.

— With files from Nick Westoll

Concerned about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. And if you get sick, stay at home.

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