Ontario just set a new benchmark for itself. The province announced on Friday, June 26 that it has recorded the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario in over three months. The new count of 111 infections is the least since March 25, just one week into the provincial emergency.
Health Minister Christine Elliott announced the promising news on Friday morning.
She wrote that Ontario is reporting 111 new cases of the virus, which is just a 0.3% increase.
That's also a significant fall from yesterday when 189 new infections were reported in the province.
Per CP24, that figure of 111 is the lowest one-day increase in cases that the province has seen since way back on March 25.
That was just over a week into Ontario's state of emergency, back when the full effects of the virus were still being realized.
However, while Elliott noted this is "very welcome" news, she warned against getting too excited just yet about one day's results.
"Rather, we’ll continue to keep a close eye on what is hopefully the continuation of our downward trend," she tweeted.
Today, Ontario is reporting 111 new cases of #COVID19, a 0.3% increase. While very welcome news, we shouldn’t draw… https://t.co/2XuXzy1EfB— Christine Elliott (@Christine Elliott)1593180168.0
Elliott added that 226 more cases have been resolved in Friday's morning update, meaning there are 115 fewer active cases in the province.
Over half of Ontario’s public health units, 19 out of a total of 34, are now reporting no new cases at all.
The province conducted a record 30,780 tests on Thursday, it says. The number of active cases around Ontario has also fallen below 2,000 for the first time in months.
The news comes two days after Toronto and Peel Region were finally allowed to enter stage two of the reopening plan.
Only one area, Windsor-Essex, was then left stuck in stage one.
That region finally moved to the next phase on Thursday, except for Leamington and Kingsville, where there have been outbreaks on farms.
One thing worth noting about Friday's update is that it will be too soon to take into account any effects of Toronto and Peel reopening.
In the 6ix, scores of people lined up outside bars at midnight ahead of patios reopening on Wednesday.