Ontarians got some good news on Thursday. The provincial government reported the lowest total of new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario in weeks. It was revealed that 258 new cases were recorded. The province hasn't seen numbers this low since March 29 with 211 new cases.
UPDATE: On Friday, Health Minister Christine Elliott reported that due to a data glitch 87 new cases were not originally reported. This brings Thursday's total up to 345 new cases.
EARLIER: According to the government's website, this brings the total number of cases across Ontario up to 21,494. However, over 75% of these have already been resolved.
The drop in cases also represents a continuation of the “downward trend” that the province has been seeing since April 25, according to CP24.
In fact, this is the second time in the past week that the number of new cases has dropped below 300.
The positive news comes on the heels of Premier Doug Ford’s announcement that his government will release the plans for stage one of re-opening the economy on Thursday.
"We're building a solid foundation for the cautious reopening of our province. We're charting a path to a strong recovery," stated the premier.
Some street-front businesses in the province have already opened their doors for curbside pickup. Provincial parks also began reopening on May 11.
However, while Ontario continues to see some good news when it comes to COVID-19 cases, it won't be returning to normal anytime soon.
Despite the reopening of some businesses, social distancing bylaws have still remained in place and Doug Ford announced that the state of emergency has been extended until June 2.
With May 8 bringing a high number of 477 new cases, it shows that the province still has a way to go when it comes to fully flattening the curve.
In fact, Ontario's top doctor Dr. David Williams has stated that the province is not ready for the first stage of Ontario's re-opening plan put in place.
"We're on a downward trend, about day eight or seven... but we haven't had all those things come together yet where we say 'now we're ready to enter stage one,'" he stated.
When Ontario will return back to normal is still unclear, but the fact that the province's new COVID-19 cases continue to lower could be good news for those who are itching to get back outside.