Ontario Health reports 266 new cases of COVID-19

Under Ontario's new social circles rules the “household” can effectively expand to as much as 10 people. Carlos Osorio  Reuters  File

Under Ontario's new social circles rules the “household” can effectively expand to as much as 10 people. Carlos Osorio Reuters File

Finally, the MOH says Ontarians must be true to their social circle, stressing that no one should be part of more than one circle.

The maximum size of social circles might expand in the coming weeks and months, according to the Ministry of Health.

Ontario is reporting 266 new COVID-19 cases and nine more deaths.

The five-day rolling average of new daily cases, a measure that helps smooth peaks and valleys in data, has been in consistent decline since June 4.

Meanwhile, 28 of Ontario's 34 public health units reported five or fewer new cases with 14 of them not reporting any cases at all.

There are now no active cases of COVID-19 in the Greater Sudbury and Manitoulin districts, following 62 resolutions and two deaths, of the 64 confirmed.

Friday's announcement differs from the one earlier this week stating that social gathering limits would be going up to 10 people, as physical distancing is still required in those cases.

There were also 12 additional COVID-related deaths in the past 24 hour period, bringing the total to 2,487. The government is now investigation 26,158 cases.

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The total number of resolved cases in Ontario is now at 26,538. Those being treated in intensive care units and with ventilators both decreased, as well.

There have been 2,507 deaths reported. During a briefing ahead of Friday afternoon's announcement, an official with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care said these groupings are intended for those that would be in close contact "on a regular basis", and that "within the circle, any type of interaction is good to go".

The number of long-term care homes still experiencing outbreaks is 63; 240 have already been resolved.

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A total of 27,456 tests were completed yesterday and another 26,158 are still under investigation.

The current pandemic restrictions will stay in place for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas, which have a high concentration of COVID-19 cases.

The second stage of the province's reopening includes restaurant patios, hair salons and swimming pools.

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