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Asked about specific sports, Etches said hockey “is standing out as the one where we’ve detected the highest number of people testing positive right now.”
While provincial restrictions do allow for some organized team sort activity, Etches said people should to use their best judgement and if they choose to participate, take actions to reduce the COVID-19 risk. This includes minimizing social gatherings before and after sport, avoiding carpooling with non-household members and sharing sports gear, sticking to participation on just one team, disinfecting equipment between uses, keeping two metres of distance from others, and wearing a face mask “unless engaged in strenuous athletic activity,” according to OPH.
Ontario reported 790 new cases of COVID-19 of Wednesday, including 321 in Toronto, 157 in Peel, 76 in York Region and 57 in Ottawa. Nine additional deaths were reported across the province.
There are now 260 people hospitalized in Ontario with the disease, including 71 in ICU and 49 on ventilators.
In the regions surrounding Ottawa, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit reported nine new cases, for a total of 446; Renfrew County and District health reported one new case, for a total of 80; Leeds, Grenville and Lanark health saw two new cases for a total of 421 cases.
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit on Tuesday announced it has issued a “Section 22 Class Order,” which “enforces self-isolation requirements” for people in the tri-county area deemed at risk of spreading COVID-19.