It seems that Ontario still has some work to do when it comes to flattening the curve. According to the government, 441 new COVID-19 cases in Ontario were reported for May 21. This is the highest number we have seen in two weeks.
According to the government of Ontario's website, this brings the total number of provincial cases up to 24,628, with 18,767 recoveries and 2,021 deaths.
The last time the province has seen an increase this high was back on May 8.
Over the past few weeks, Ontario has seen a glimmer of hope as the numbers have started to slowly decline.
The province reports that over 76% of all provincial cases have been resolved over the past few months.
Throughout the beginning of this week, the increase in cases stayed below 400. However, that trend was broken with the new reports released today.
Ontario began stage one of its three-stage plan to reopen the province's economy last week.
Retail stores, as well as outdoor sports facilities and off-leash parks, were able to reopen across the province this week.
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However, Ford has previously cautioned that he would not hesitate to reinstate restrictions if numbers begin to rise again.
"If we see the numbers start spiking, we will roll things back in a heartbeat," Ford stated earlier this week.
Yet, it is still unclear what this new spike of cases means in terms of Ontario's reopening plan.
Despite the fact that the government is working towards starting up the province again, it will still take a while for life to get back to normal.
The government is currently advising people to keep practicing social distancing rules and to wear masks or face coverings when possible.
Multiple universities and colleges have also announced that they would be offering a majority of their classes online during the fall semester as the province continues to deal with the pandemic.