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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Toronto reports fewer than 10 new cases of COVID-19 for second day in a row

As the City of Toronto awaits the go-ahead from the province to enter Stage 3 of reopening the economy, it seems new cases of COVID-19 are trending in the right direction. 

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, only six new cases of the virus were reported within Toronto today.

This follows yesterday's equally positive results when only five new cases were reported in Toronto — marking the lowest increase since March. 

"This is our lowest number of new infections that we have reported in quite some time," said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa during the city's press briefing Monday. 

But while the numbers in the city over the past two days are certainly encouraging, public health officials are once again reminding Torontonians to continue following health and safety precautions to avoid a surge in cases. 

"While I'm pleased that our local COVID-19 cases continue to decrease, new infections continue to be reported each day in our city," Dr. de Villa said Monday. 

"We know that approximately 25 per cent of these cases are a result of community transmission. I am also concerned by what we are observing in other Canadian cities and locations globally as they reopen. We cannot take this lightly. We must not let our guard down."

The province has delayed the decision on when Toronto will be allowed to enter Stage 3 until Wednesday, which Dr. de Villa said has given her and her team time to plan based on the city's unique circumstances and observations from other jurisdictions.

She said this is also why they requested that a number of additional measures and enhancements for the Stage 3 reopening orders be considered for Toronto, including mandatory masks inside restaurants and bars. 

And while Toronto numbers have been trending downwards this week, other Ontario jurisdictions that are further along in their economic reopenings are starting to experience surges.

Just today, Ottawa is reporting 25 cases new and Windsor-Essex is reporting 22.

And for the first time in what seems like forever, regions outside the GTA are reporting more cases than those within it. 

"I have heard many people speak of COVID fatigue and I hear that some believe that the pandemic is over. I have also heard that many people may believe that because they have not caught the virus over the past six months, they feel confident that they won't get sick," said Dr. de Villa. 

"We don't want to lose the progress that we have made. There are many jurisdictions that have had to go back and I don't want this to happen in our city."

by Mira Miller via blogTO

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