Ontario reports 496 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths

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TORONTO —
Ontario health officials are reporting 496 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and two more deaths linked to the disease.

Friday’s case count marks an increase from the 417 cases logged on Thursday, along with the 306 new infections on Wednesday, which was the lowest daily case count since the beginning of August.

Ontario’s rolling seven-day average now stands at 465, down from the 573 cases recorded a week ago.

With 35,905 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health says the positivity rate in Ontario stands at 1.4 cent.

Today’s case count comes just a day after the province reached its lowest positivity rate since the beginning of August.

The province reported two more deaths linked to COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total death tally in the province to 9,809.

This is a breaking news story. More to come.  

Correction:

The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

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