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Ontario logs month-long peak in COVID-19 testing, 323 new cases

Record low and record-high number of tests reported in one week
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Public Health Ontario reported 323 new cases of COVID-19 today, which is a 1.2 per cent increase in the total number of cases confirmed in the province to date.

This week, Ontario has reported both a record low and a record-high number of tests processed in a day. Since yesterday’s update, labs in the province have completed 20,640 tests, which is the highest number reported this month. On Monday the province reported 8,170 tests processed in a 24-hour period.

The province is also reporting 17 deaths related to COVID-19 today. Those deaths include two people between the ages of 40 and 59, four people between the ages of 60 and 79, and 11 people over the age of 80.

There have been 2,247 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Ontario to-date. Public Health Ontario reports 1,423 of the people who have died from the coronavirus have been residents of long-term care homes.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care, however, reports there have been 1,636 deaths of long-term care residents as a result of COVID-19. The ministry gets reports directly from long-term care homes. Public Health Ontario is reporting information supplied by regional health units, and typically the public health information lags behind that of the ministry.

There are now 801 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in ONtario, including 121 patients in intensive care and 84 patients on ventilators.

There have been 27,533 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the province to-date, and 21,353 of those cases (77.6 per cent) are reported as recovered.

Public Health Ontario will report a case as recovered once 14 days has passed from the onset of symptoms and the person is not currently hospitalized.

At least 18 per cent of the cases in Ontario have been long-term care residents, and 6.5 per cent have been health care workers employed at long-term care facilities in outbreak.

The ministry of Long-Term Care reports seven of those healthcare workers have died.

Public Health Ontario reports there are ongoing outbreaks at 190 long-term care homes, 88 retirement homes, and 48 hospitals.

Forty per cent of the cases reported in Ontario have been individuals aged 60 or older and 66 per cent of all cases have been reported by Greater Toronto Area public health units.

There are now 9 active cases in Northeastern Ontario of the 297 confimed to date, following 277 resolutions and 11 deaths. A total of 45,968 tests were conducted in the region to determine these findings, including 11,518 by Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD). 

PHSD have identified 64 cases in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts from these results, 62 of whom have presumably recovered, and two that died. 

The total number of COVID-19 cases, presumed recoveries, and deaths reported by Northeastern Ontario health units are as follows:

  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 64 cases, 62 recoveries, two deaths
  • Northwestern Health Unit: 21 cases, 19 recoveries
  • Algoma Public Health: 21 cases, 20 recoveries
  • Porcupine Health Unit: 65 cases, 56 recovieres, seven deaths
  • Timiskaming Health Unit: 18 cases, 18 recoveries 
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: 27 cases, 23 recoveries, one death
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit: 81 cases, 79 recoveries, one death 



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