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COVID-19 cases near 1,000 in Ontario

An employee at a Vaughan Longo's has tested positive for COVID-19, CEO reports
Photo: Tube containing a swab sample that has tested positive for COVID-19/Shutterstock

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province is nearing the 1,000 mark with the addition of 135 more cases this morning, March 27.

The total number of cases is now 993, with eight cases resolved. Close to 30,000 individuals have tested negative, the province reports.

No further details are being provided, with all cases reported as "pending."

The number of COVID-19-related deaths is 18: one in Markham, four in Toronto, three in Simcoe Muskoka, three in Durham Region, one in Hamilton, one in St. Catharines, one in Ottawa, one in Milton, and one in Lindsay. No details are provided for the additional two deaths reported this morning by the province.

York Region public health has yet to provide an update of confirmed cases for today.

Additional COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Newmarket, Aurora and King yesterday, as the region's total cases surged to 137 following the return of March break travellers. 

On a website update to customers, Longo's president and CEO Anthony Longo said an employee at the Weston Road location in Woodbridge has tested positive for COVID-19, the first confirmed case at its stores.

"In an abundance of caution, we will be temporarily closing our Weston Road location until Saturday morning to further investigate the situation and implement appropriate measures above and beyond our already elevated sanitation and cleaning protocols," he said.