Ontario reports 85 new coronavirus cases including 2 deaths, total active cases at 572

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Ontario's chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams said on Tuesday that the province was now in a "critical week," saying essential businesses staying open must continue to mandate social distancing and put in place measures that can ensure the practice. He also said they are optimistic that with spring on the horizon they could see some "easing off," but with travelers returning to the province in the coming weeks there is still a cause for concern – Mar 24, 2020

Ontario health officials have confirmed 85 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday including two more deaths, bringing the provincial total to 572 active cases.

A woman in her 90s from Durham is Ontario’s seventh confirmed coronavirus-related death.

A woman in her 80s at a Hamilton nursing home marks the eighth person to die from COVID-19.

Eight cases have been resolved in the province.

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Tuesday’s list includes patients from Toronto, Peel Region, Halton Region, York Region, Durham, Waterloo, Kingston Frontenac Lennox Addington, Wellington Dufferin Guelph, Grey Bruce, Windsor Essex, Hamilton, Niagara, Ottawa and Sudbury health units.

Two people — a man in his 80s from Wellington Dufferin Guelph and a man in his 60s from Waterloo — are listed as being hospitalized. The others are listed as being in self-isolation or are “pending.”

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Ontario health officials said the province has had 50 people hospitalized with the virus, 17 in the ICU and seven on ventilators. Those are cumulative numbers since the beginning of the outbreak in January.

Officials said there has also cumulatively have been 31 infected healthcare workers.

Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, said the jump of 85 cases on Tuesday is “not surprising” due to the fact that there are an estimated one million people returning to the country from March break and long-term vacations.

More than 10,000 people are under investigation so far.

The province has tested more than 32,000 people for the virus.

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