Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on Oct. 26

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Here are the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Monday.

North York General Hospital declares outbreak

North York General Hospital has declared a coronavirus outbreak in its surgical program.

A statement from the hospital said that two staff members who tested positive “appear to be linked.”

There have been no reported patient cases.

“To limit the spread of the virus, we will be postponing non-emergent surgeries at this time,” the statement added.

“Physician offices are contacting patients to advise them of their rescheduled surgeries.”

Halton, Durham regions not moving into modified Stage 2 as of now

Ontario will not impose stricter COVID-19 restrictions on two Toronto-area regions as of now.

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Premier Doug Ford said Friday that the experts would look at the caseload in Halton and Durham regions over the weekend to determine whether they need to roll back to a modified Stage 2 of the province’s pandemic recovery plan.

However, Ford’s press secretary Ivana Yelich said Monday that there “is no announcement today on other regions moving into modified Stage 2.”

Read more: Halton, Durham regions not moving into modified Stage 2 as of now

Ontario reports 851 new COVID-19 cases on Monday

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Ontario reported 851 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, bringing the provincial total to 71,224.

According to Monday’s provincial report, 281 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 215 in Peel Region, 90 in York Region, 76 in Ottawa and 41 in Hamilton. All other public health units in Ontario reported under 35 new cases.

The death toll in the province has risen to 3,099 as six more deaths were reported.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 28,700 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. Resolved cases increased by 679 from the previous day.

Read more: Ontario reports 851 new coronavirus cases and 6 more deaths

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Ontario long-term care homes

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 1,921 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is an increase of two deaths since the previous day. Eight health-care workers and staff in long-term care homes have died.

There are 86 current outbreaks in homes, an increase of four.

The ministry also indicated there are currently 381 active cases among long-term care residents and 295 active cases among staff — up by five and up by 13 cases respectively in the last day.

Ontario child care centres and schools

Meanwhile, government figures show there have been a total of 1,770 school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario — 985 among students and 249 among staff (536 individuals were not identified). This is an increase of 72 more cases from the previous day.

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In the last 14 days, the province indicates there are 477 cases reported among students and 99 cases among staff (290 individuals were not identified) — totaling 866 cases.

The COVID-19 cases are currently from 548 out of 4,828 schools in the province. No schools in Ontario are currently closed as a result of positive cases, the government indicated.

There have been a total of 364 confirmed cases within child care centres and homes — an increase of nine (three new child cases and six new staff cases). Out of 5,231 child care centres in Ontario, 131 currently have cases and 38 centres are closed.

Ontario budget to be released on Nov. 5

Ontario’s budget will be delivered on Nov. 5.

Finance Minister Rod Phillips says the spending package will focus on pandemic-response measures.

Phillips says the budget will be a three-year action plan that lays out three scenarios in its financial outlook.

Read more: Ontario budget to be released on Nov. 5 after being delayed due to pandemic


— With files from The Canadian Press