Ontario says community spread has peaked, while long-term care spread rises

Apr 21, 2020

Ontario health officials say the community spread of COVID-19 in Ontario appears to have peaked. They say restrictions such as physical distancing have moved up the peak to now, rather than in May, as predicted in earlier modelling.

But officials said there are two types of outbreaks happening: community spread and long-term care spread. They said spread in long-term care and other congregate settings, such as homeless shelters, seems to be growing.

The province Monday reported 606 new cases of COVID-19, the largest single-day increase, and 31 new deaths. Despite the large increase, it is just 5.7% higher than the day before, continuing a relatively low growth trend.

There are a total of 11,184 cases in Ontario. There have been 584 deaths and 5,515 resolved cases. The number of people hospitalized and confirmed to have COVID-19 and those on ventilators went down slightly, while the number of people in intensive care remained stable.

The latest modelling by health officials suggests there will be fewer than 20,000 COVID-19 cases in the province during the pandemic, a significant drop from the previous forecast of 80,000.

Meanwhile, all inmates at a jail in Brampton, ON are being moved to another correctional facility after an outbreak of the virus. The Ministry of the Solicitor General said 60 inmates and eight staff at the Ontario Correctional Institute have tested positive for COVID-19.

The ministry said it is temporarily closing the jail Tuesday and moving the inmates to the Toronto South Detention Centre. The inmates are being moved partially due to the dormitory style living at the jail. The ministry says the inmates from the Brampton jail will be separated from those at Toronto South.

All staff are being asked to self isolate for 14 days and the Brampton jail will undergo a deep cleaning