Ontario reports lowest total of new daily cases since late March

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TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 161 new cases of COVID-19 today, and three more deaths.

That’s the lowest total of new daily cases since late March.

It brings the province to a total of 33,637 cases, including 2,609 deaths and 28,933 resolved cases.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says the number of resolved cases continues to grow more quickly than active ones.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 and those in intensive care and on ventilators all dropped, to the lowest levels since the province started publicly reporting them at the beginning of April.

About 70 per cent of today’s new cases come from the three regions that are still in Stage 1 of the province’s reopening plan — Peel reported 44 new cases, Toronto reported 36 and Windsor-Essex reported 32.

Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce today whether those regions can proceed to Stage 2.

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is reporting that a third migrant worker in Ontario with COVID-19 has died.

The region says the farm in their region currently has 199 infected migrant workers and 18 other people associated with the farm who tested positive for COVID-19.

Kristal Chopp, chair of the board of health, says it’s an “absolute tragedy” that someone who comes to Canada to work in the agricultural industry and support his family back home lost his life so far from his loved ones.

Two other migrant workers have died due to COVID-19 in the Windsor region since the start of the pandemic.

Approximately 20,000 migrant workers come to Ontario each year to work on farms and in greenhouses — many of them from Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean — and this year were required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

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