Ontario Premier Doug Ford held a press conference from Queen's Park in Toronto on Tuesday, where he, Minister of Long-term Health Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, and Health Minster Christine Elliott announced new restrictions on visitors entering long-term care facilities in COVID hot zones.
Visits will be limited to "staff, essential visitors, and essential caregivers only," to slow the spread of the virus.
“I know first-hand how hard it can be. But it is absolutely necessary. We can’t let COVID-19 get into these homes," said Ford.
The announcement came after Ontario reported 554 new positive tests, one day after a sharp jump up to 700 cases. Four new deaths were also announced. Most new positive tests were found in Toronto.
554 positive tests were found of 38,400 conducted, or 1.4 percent.