COVID-19 cases jump by 387 in Ontario

Long-term care homes continue to take the brunt of the virus

Ontario health officials reported 387 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. The new cases represent an increase of 2.2 per cent, which is consistent with figures seen over the last week.

The total number of COVID-19 cases is 18,310—-though 70 per cent are considered resolved.

There were 61 more deaths which brings the total to 1,361. Nearly three-quarters of those deaths have been in long-term care homes where there are currently 218 outbreaks at those facilities, which is a jump of six from Monday.

Health care workers represent 16 per cent of all cases, closing in on 3,000.

In Simcoe Musoka on Tuesday, the health unit reported another 11 cases of COVID-19, which brings the count to 329. There were three more deaths for a total of 23 and the number of recoveries climbed by six to 172.

The virus also found its way into an eighth long-term care home in the region, this time in Huntsville.

There are COVID-19 outbreaks at five long-term care facilities in Barrie and one each in Huntsville, Waubaushene and Bradford.