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5 more long-term care home outbreaks in Ontario overnight

As Ontario approaches 13,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 60-percent of cases are in the Greater Toronto Area.   Ontario’s Associate Chief Medical Officer says long-term care homes have become the province’s priority in the fight against the virus.

To date, Dr. Barbara Yaffe says 132 outbreaks have been declared in Ontario’s long-term care facilities. That’s 5 more overnight.   She says Over 2,100 residents and over 1,000 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.  And out of the province’s 713 deaths, 516 are residents of long-term care facilities.

Meanwhile, Ontario has tested 194y,000 people with 10,214 done in the last 24 hours. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer says a total of 14,000 tests were done specifically in long-term care facilities.

Dr. David Williams says there are 21 long-term care homes in Ontario now doing asymptomatic testing.

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As well there are 31 infection prevention and control interventions in action across the province.

Dr. Williams says out of today’s 634 new cases, nearly 300 were in residents of long-term care homes.

**Written by Mo Fahim

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