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Ontario sees another large jump in COVID-19 cases, records 478 new infections

Last Updated Sep 22, 2020 at 8:00 am PDT

FILE - A nurse gets a swab ready at a temporary COVID-19 test clinic in Montreal, on Friday, May 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Ontario announced 478 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday

This is the highest single-day total since May 2

Ontario plans to release its COVID-19 fall preparedness plan on Tuesday

TORONTO – COVID-19 cases continue to spike in Ontario, with the province announcing 478 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

It’s highest one-day total since May 2, and well above the seven-day average of just more than 351 per day.

The province also recorded three new deaths Tuesday,

The spike in the number of new daily cases comes the same day the province is expected to share its COVID-19 fall preparedness plan.

Ontario’s Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province is looking at several key areas ahead of flu season, including lab testing and surgeries.

“We have also asked for a lot of money to do this, both from the federal government and internally,” Ontario Minister of Health Christine Elliott said Monday.

“We have to work with the federal government to support those areas including testing and lab capacity. All of these things are coming together.”

She said the province had been working on the plan for several months, and that it’s been put together “on the understanding it is going to be more difficult to deal with than the first wave” of COVID-19.

-With files from 680 NEWS