TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 329 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 40 more deaths.
That brings the province to a total of 21,236 cases, including 1,765 deaths and 15,845 cases that have been resolved.
The new cases represent an increase of 1.6 per cent over the previous day.
Hospitalizations dropped slightly, along with the numbers of people in intensive care and on ventilators.
There were 15,137 tests completed in the previous day — with almost 13,400 still under investigation.
The government has pledged to do 16,000 tests per day by now, moving toward 20,000.
More than 1,200 long-term care residents have died of COVID-19 in the province, and 180 homes have outbreaks of the virus.
Meanwhile, a new emergency order allows the Ontario government to control the management of long-term care homes hardest hit by COVID-19.
Premier Doug Ford said the move will help ensure the spread of the virus in care homes is contained.
The order allows the province to step in if a facility has a high number of infections or deaths, or if it’s facing a staffing shortage.
The province says the appointed manager could be any person, including a corporation or hospital.
Last week, the government asked facilities with outbreaks to come up with a plan to stabilize the virus’s spread within their walls.