Thirty-three percent jump in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Ontario

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It appears Ontario is feeling the affect of the Omicron variant.

Today, the province is reporting 2,421 people have tested positive for COVID-19. That’s up from 1,808 yesterday. Yesterday, the premier announced the province would allow anyone over 18 to get a booster shot starting Monday. The province is also giving away free rapid tests in high traffic areas such as malls. The government released the list of those available this morning; not one was in southern Ontario.

Premier Doug Ford also announced capacity at venues of over 1,000 would be capped at 50 per cent to try to reduce the spread of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19. Public health officials say it is the dominant strain in Ontario after just two weeks.

Lambton Public Health is reporting 24 new cases today. Officials say 113 are ill with the virus right now.There are six outbreaks including one at Bright’s Grove Public School where seven people have tested positive for the virus.