Ontario reported 102 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, one day after the province saw its highest daily increase of the month.
This is the second day in a row that the province has reported more than 100 new COVID-19 cases. On Tuesday, Ontario reported 125 new cases of the illness, the most on any single day since the end of July.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a tweet Wednesday 30 of the province’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer cases, while 17 reported no new cases at all.
Toronto reported 33 new cases, Peel Region and Ottawa reported 18 new cases each and Huron Perth reported 17 new cases.
The province also reported that one more person has died due to COVID-19, bringing the official total number of deaths to 2,792. A CBC News count based on data from public health units, a measure that avoids lag times in the provincial reporting system, puts the actual total at 2,828.
All of the figures used in this story are found in the Ministry of Health’s daily update, which includes data from up until 4 p.m. the previous day. The number of cases for any particular region on a given day may differ from what is reported by the local public health unit, which often avoid lag times in the provincial system.
Anyone who visited Brass Rail Tavern from Aug 4th to 8th has been asked to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms by Toronto Public Health. (Erik White/CBC)
Meanwhile in Toronto, the city’s public health agency says a patron at a strip club has tested positive for COVID-19, following an earlier announcement that an employee there had the coronavirus.
Toronto Public Health said it has attempted to contact all of the approximately 550 people who may have come into contact with the Brass Rail employee who tested positive.
It says the patron who tested positive is from a region outside Toronto, and officials are in touch with the corresponding health unit.
The case remains under investigation and local public health authorities will be following up with the individual to request information on all possible sources of investigation.
The agency is asking anyone who attended the Brass Rail Tavern from August 4th to 8th to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms.
Toronto Public Health says the strip club is now following pandemic operating guidelines, after an initial investigation found the venue was not following rules.
The agency says it is completing routine inspections of adult entertainment venues throughout the city.
Paid sick leave talks continue
As the province continues to reopen, Premier Doug Ford told reporters at an announcement in Mississauga on Wednesday that he hopes to see some financial aid from the federal government in the next couple of weeks.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in July that Ontario would be getting about $7 billion in funding to help the provinces economy during COVID-19.
The money will be used to fund coronavirus testing, contact tracing, PPE, childcare spaces and municipalities in order to ensure a safe restart. But Ford said that funding has yet to begin flowing.
As some Ontarians go back to work and school in the fall, the premier was also asked if the province will be bringing in 10 days of paid sick leave for workers who may fall ill.
Ford said he can’t provide an answer yet but is working with the federal government to come up with a plan.
“A lot of people can’t afford to take time off, they’re struggling and even if they have a runny nose or might have symptoms they don’t get tested because they need a paycheck,” he said.
“They’re relying on that paycheck to pay for rent, and mortgage and to put food on the table. We just want people to have that flexibility if they are under the weather not to come into work.”