Ontario Reports First COVID-19 Death Of Person Under 20 & Over 200 New Cases Today
The province saw a small spike in new COVID-19 cases in Ontario this Tuesday. According to the government, over 200 new cases were reported with 10 new deaths. One patient who lost their life was under the age of 20.
UPDATE: It has now been reported that it was a female patient under the age of 10 that has died. The child passed away from unrelated health complications after she tested positive for COVID-19.
EARLIER: According to the Ontario government's website, 216 new cases were reported on Tuesday, bringing the provincial total to 33,853.
While 29,107 of these cases are already resolved, the government also reports 2,619 deaths.
On Tuesday, CP24 stated that out of the 10 new deaths that were outlined today, one of them was someone who was under the age of 20.
While no information on the victim has been provided, this marks the first time that someone in that age bracket has died from COVID-19 in the province.
Ontario's Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, revealed that the number of hospitalizations has also increased.
However, the number of patients in urgent care remains well below peak levels.
This news comes after it was announced that more young Ontarians are getting hit with COVID-19.
Areas such as Hamilton and Peel have both reported that there has been an increase in the number of young adults who have tested positive for the virus.
Yet, even with the slight uptick in cases, Elliott states it's still too early to tell if the downward trend is shifting.
"While it’s too early to draw conclusions from a single day of data, we’re watching closely for shifts in #COVID19 trends as we gradually reopen the province’s economy and as local public health officials work quickly to contain any spread," she stated in a tweet.
The reported death comes just one day after the government announced that Toronto would be moving into stage two of the reopening plan on Wednesday.
Facilities such as patios, swimming pools, and shopping malls will all be allowed to open their doors to eager locals.
However, strict social distancing rules will remain in place as the province continues to battle COVID-19.
Now, the only part of the province that is unable to move forward is Windsor-Essex, which still remains in stage one as farmworkers continue to test positive.