Ontario records 7th death, one-day jump of 85 COVID-19 cases

The province’s confirmed number of COVID-19 cases rose to 588 Tuesday, a one-day increase of 85 cases, which is the largest since the pandemic began impacting Ontarians.According to provincial public health numbers, there now have been seven deaths and eight resolved cases.A man in his 90s from Durham is the latest death related to COVID-19.The youngest new cases — where the age was available — were two woman in their 20s, one from Toronto and one from Peel.Travel to the United States was common in cases where the source of the infection was known, although travel to Singapore, Italy, the United Kingdom and Dubai was also involved in some cases.'THE RIGHT DECISION': Ontario ordering non-essential businesses to closeThe Ontario government's list of essential businessesOne in five Canadians think pandemic blown out of proportion: PollThere were 10,074 cases under investigation as of Tuesday morning, either awaiting testing or results.Ontario’s order to close all workplaces not deemed essential by the provincial government takes effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.The province also brought in new measures to manage staff in long-term care homes“This temporary order would give long-term care homes the ability to free-up valuable staff, identify staffing priorities, and develop, modify and implement redeployment plans,” a Health Ministry statement says.aartuso@postmedia.comCommentsShare your thoughtscoronavirus Ontario Public Health