COVID-19: Ontario’s case number drops to 11 – After 32 new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) having been confirmed in Ontario yesterday, down from 42 on Sunday, only 11 new cases were confirmed as of 5:30 pm today bringing the total up to 188, with five recovered and one death. There were zero positive tests confirmed in Toronto today.
The death today was a 77-year-old man at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, located about 100 kilometres north of Toronto. Although the man was not admitted as a confirmed case he was under investigation for the virus. COVID-19 was discovered after his death and although he had the virus, it has yet to be confirmed if the virus caused his death. It is still under investigation. according to health officials.
With the 11 new confirmations, Tuesday saw a relative drop in new cases compared to previous days. However, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health said that does not necessarily indicate a downward trend.
“It will have its ebbs and flows,” Williams said. “We’ll probably have quite different numbers again tomorrow … It would be nice to think that could happen that quickly.”
This came after Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a State of Emergency for the province which now mandates that restaurants and bars, are closed unless they provide takeout and delivery service. No establishments can continue operating dine-in operations. Concert venues and movie theatres have also received an official order to close. In addition, events with more that 50 people will be prohibited until March 31, 2020. All private schools, recreation facilities, childcare facilities and places of worship have also been ordered to close. Ford says this is under the advice of Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Also late afternoon Tuesday, March 17, the LCBO announced it was reducing its hours, saying starting Thursday, stores will be operating from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.