New confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario

Two new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Hamilton are travel related

2 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ottawa

Information is still pending for 21 of the most recent positive cases in Ontario.

Ottawa's Medical Officer of Health continues to stress the importance of social distancing as details of another local COVID-19 assessment centre are in the works. "We need to take this seriously".

According to the health unit, the man was being treated at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Milton District Hospital.

Bonnie Henry declared a public health emergency in B.C. along with three more deaths due to COVID-19.

The first death from COVID-19 has been reported in Quebec, along with 20 new reported cases of the virus.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott was asked about the latest death during a media conference Thursday but said the official cause of death had not yet been determined to be COVID-19.

Ontario reported 44 new cases of the virus on Thursday but it is not clear if the Hillsdale Terraces cases are included in that number.

A man in his 80s from Durham is listed as being hospitalized.

The 22 other patients' locations are listed as "pending".

Almost 4,000 people are being investigated, and 12,000 tests have come back negative.

Essentially, she said testing doesn't change the advice from Ottawa Public Health about how residents should be approaching their daily routines at this point.

Another challenge authorities are facing is how to test health care workers as quickly as possible so they do not get lost in the backlog as well as Indigenous people.

Some of the new cases were linked to travel in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain or Finland, Germany or Malta, and an unidentified cruise.

Numerous cases are marked as "pending" meaning public health authorities have yet to chase down the source of the infection.

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