TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 370 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 84 more deaths.

That brings the provincial total to nearly 17,923 cases, including 1,300 deaths and 12,505 resolved cases — nearly 70 per cent of all of Ontario’s cases.

The new provincial total is 2.1 per cent higher than the previous day, which is part of a downward trend.

The number of people in hospital dropped, as did the number of people in hospital, and the amount of people on ventilators remained relatively stable.

In long-term care, where information comes from a different database than the provincial totals, five more outbreaks were reported for a total of 175, and 18 more deaths were reported for a total of 972.

There were 14,555 tests completed in the past 24 hours, the lowest total in four days, though officials have said there tends to be less demand on the weekends.

Today marks a gradual start to reopening in Ontario, as a small list of mostly seasonal businesses are allowed to set up shop again.

Premier Doug Ford announced the plan on Friday and said it should be seen as a “glimmer of hope” that the province’s efforts to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus are working.

The businesses include garden centres that offer curbside pick-up, lawn care and landscaping companies and automatic car washes.

Auto dealerships can reopen but by appointment only, and marinas and golf courses can prepare to reopen.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 4, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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