Stratford News Ontario reports highest number of COVID-19 cases since pandemic began SHARE ON: Casey Kenny, staff Wednesday, Apr. 8th, 2020 Illustration of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2, the cause of COVID-19 (Alissa Eckert, MS, Dan Higgins, MAMS) Ontario has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. There are 550 more people with the virus bringing the provinces total to 5,276. The number of deaths has also risen by 21. The number of people recovering from COVID-19 also continues to rise and is now at 2,074 and over 69-thousand people have tested negative.