85 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Ontario, including a death in Durham Region

TORONTO — Ontario health officials have confirmed a seventh COVID-19-related death in the province, as 85 new cases of the novel coronavirus were announced on Tuesday morning.

The deceased patient, a man in his 90s, was being treated in Durham Region.

The provincial total of confirmed cases of the virus now sits at 588.

The new patients include two other cases in Durham Region, as well as 17 in Toronto, five in York Region, three in Peel Region, three in Hamilton, and one in Halton Region.

As well, three new cases have been confirmed in the Kingston, Ont. area, another three have been confirmed in Ottawa, two have been confirmed in Waterloo, Ont. and there has been one case confirmed in Sudbury, Brant, Wellington Dufferin Guelph Region, Grey Bruce, the Windsor Essex area, and Niagara Region.

The locations of the additional cases are all listed as “pending.”

Nineteen of the new cases are travel-related, five are linked to a close contact of a previously confirmed case of the virus and the rest all have their means of transmission listed as “pending.”

Two of the new patients remain in hospital receiving medical treatment. The other cases are either in self-isolation at home or their location is listed as “pending.”

As the new patients were confirmed on Tuesday, provincial health officials stated that there are more than 10,000 people currently under investigation for the virus, while more than 20,000 people in Ontario have tested negative.

Six other COVID-19 patients have died in Ontario. They are a 77-year-old Barrie, Ont. man, a 51-year-old Milton, Ont. man, a 77-year-old Toronto man, a woman in her 70s in York Region, a man in his 70s in Barrie, Ont., and a man in his 80s in Lindsay, Ont.

In the province, eight people previously infected with the virus have since recovered.

Symptoms of the virus, which can include fever, cough and shortness of breath, are similar to other respiratory infections.

There are no specific treatments for the virus and there is no vaccine that protects against it.

The Ontario government’s website advises those experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus to contact their primary health care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

“Please do not visit an assessment centre unless you have been referred by a health care professional,” the website states. “Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.”

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