344 coronavirus cases reported in Ontario, 41 more deaths

People await COVID-19 testing in Toronto on Monday

People await COVID-19 testing in Toronto on Monday

Ontario is reporting 344 new COVID-19 cases today, and 41 more deaths. There were 383 cases reported yesterday.

The provincial total of confirmed cases now stands at 26,866 with 76.9 per cent considered resolved.

There were 18,525 tests completed in the previous day, and Ontario is set to reveal a new phase in its COVID-19 testing strategy today.

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Thirty-four more people have died, bringing the total death count to 2,189.

The province has at times struggled to meet its daily testing goals, and is now expanding the list of those who can get tested. Chief public health officer Dr. David Williams added if they do a regional reopening, it has to be communicated properly so the public respect each other's jurisdiction.

Ontario has meant to do 16,000 tests per day throughout May, and while it has met that goal less than half of the time, the numbers have increased in recent days, with 18,525 tests reported today.

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Ontario reported completing 17,615 tests Thursday.

That's led some observers to suggest the province should follow a regional approach to reopening the economy, easing some of the pain caused by pandemic-induced closings on communities that have managed to flatten the virus curve.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 and in intensive care dropped, but the number of people on ventilators rose from 94 to 100.

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The document released to the public by Queen's Park details both the government's successes so far, including the ramping up of testing capacity to 20,000 cases per day, as well as the next set of challenges.

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