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Ontario reports 790 new COVID-19 cases, and nine new deaths from the virus

TORONTO - Ontario is reporting 790 new cases of COVID-19 today, and nine new deaths due to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 321 of the new cases are in Toronto, 157 are in Peel Region, 76 are in York Region and 57 are in Ottawa.

The province says it has conducted 32,646 tests since the last daily report, with another 29,332 being processed.

Listen up, baby

According to the Northwestern Health Unit, babies who were born from March to July this year may have missed their routine newborn hearing screen. Due to COVID-19, infant hearing screens that normally occurred in hospitals before discharge were halted. Services resumed in July and any new babies will receive their infant hearing screen as usual.

Horwath unveils plans to improve long-term care homes

On Tuesday, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath held a virtual media conference via Zoom and promised to improve long-term care homes in northwestern Ontario.

With the provincial elections coming up, one of Horwath’s promises to the province’s 630 long-term care homes is expanding the public system and ending for-profit long-term care in Ontario.

Travel restrictions imposed at Thunder Bay hospital

The Thunder Bay Regonal Hospital has imposed travel restrictions on those seeking service, in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Ontario, travel restrictions will be reinstated at our Hospital.

Since Tuesday, travel outside of Northern Ontario (Parry Sound to the Manitoba border) in the past seven days will result in a failed entrance screening.