There are currently no active cases of COVID-19 in the service area of Public Health Sudbury and Districts, following 62 presumed recoveries and two deaths.
A total of 10,386 tests have been conducted in the districts to determine these findings, in part with the 42,476 logged by Northern Ontario health units since the pandemic began. From this testing, 296 cases have been identified, 267 of which have recovered, and 11 have died.
Public Health Ontario is reporting 287 new cases of COVID-19 this morning, which is the lowest daily increase reported by the province in nearly two months.
The last time the province saw a lower daily case increase was March 30, when there were 260 new lab-confirmed cases reported.
On May 10, the province reported 294 new cases. May 14, Ontario reported 258 new cases but announced on May 15, there were 87 cases missed in the May 14 report, bringing the day's total up to 345.
The province is coming off a seven-day streak of daily case increases from 390 to 460.
In total, Ontario has reported 26,191 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those, 19,958 people have recovered (including 260 new recoveries reported today), which is about 76 per cent of the total number of cases.
There have also been 2,123 deaths attributed to the virus, including 21 reported by the province today.
The latest victims were nine people between the ages of 60 and 79, and 12 people over the age of 80.
There are currently 848 people hospitalized in Ontario with COVID-19, including 143 people in intensive care and 113 patients on ventilators.
Since yesterday’s report, there have been 9,875 tests completed, and there are 6,961 tests awaiting results.
According to the provincial government, Ontario has the capacity to complete nearly 25,000 tests in a day.
Premier Doug Ford said the province is rolling out a new testing strategy this week and anyone who wants a COVID-19 test will be able to get one, regardless of whether they have symptoms of the coronavirus.
On April 30, the province reported more than 19,000 tests processed in a single day.
For the week of May 3 to 9, daily testing ranged from 10,000 to 19,000 tests processed per day.
For the week of May 10 to 16, the total ranged from 12,000 to 18,000 tests processed per day.
Last week testing declined with a range of 5,800 to 11,000 tests processed per day between May 18 and 23. The report on May 17, noted there were 16,000 tests processed. This Sunday’s report, May 24, noted there were 11,000 tests processed.
The Ministry of Long-Term Care reports there are 150 active outbreaks in long-term care homes in the province with 1,855 active cases in residents and 1,335 active cases in staff. The ministry has reported 1,538 deaths of residents and six staff deaths as a result of COVID-19.
According to the Porcupine Health Unit epidemiological report, the numbers across Northern Ontario as of May 22 were:
- Algoma Public Health - 20 confirmed cases, which is an increase of three from the last report, and no deaths. The tests per 100,000 population are 5,318, with 0.3 per cent being positive.
- North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - 25 confirmed cases, which is an increase of four from the last report, and one death. The case fatality rate is 4 per cent. The tests per 100,000 are 4,154.5, 0.4 per cent being positive.
- Northwestern Health Unit - 21 confirmed cases, which is an increase of four from the last report, and no deaths. The tests per 100,000 are 4,154.5, with 0.8 per cent being positive.
- Porcupine Health Unit - 65 positive, which is the same as the last report. There had been six deaths, making the fatality rate 9.2 per cent. The tests per 100,000 population are 5,361.9, with 1.5 per cent being positive.
- Public Health Sudbury and Districts - 64 confirmed cases, which is the same as the last report. There have been two deaths, with the fatality rate being 3.1 per cent. The tests per 100,000 population is 5,102.8, with 0.7 per cent being positive.
- Thunder Bay District Health Unit, 81 confirmed cases, which is an increase of two from the last report. One person has died, making the fatality rate 1.2 per cent. The tests per 100,000 population are 5,636.4, with 1 per cent being positive.
- Timiskaming Health Unit, 18 confirmed cases and no deaths. The testing per 100,000 population is 5,591.4, with 1 per cent being positive.
* With files from Timmins Today.