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Ontario confirms 1,396 new COVID cases today

There are now 11,630 lab-confirmed, active cases of COVID-19 in the province
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(BayToday.com)

Public Health Ontario has reported 1,396 new cases of COVID-19 today. 

The province has confirmed 19 new deaths, including four people between the ages of 60 and 79 years old, and 15 people over the age of 80. Ten of the people who died were residents at long-term care homes. 

Since yesterday's update, 32 people have been hospitalized with the coronavirus. 

There are now 452 patients hospitalized (up 21 from yesterday), 106 COVID patients are in intensive care units (up eight patients from yesterday) and 67 COVID patients are on ventilators (up five from yesterday). 

Of the new cases reported today, 27 are long-term care home residents and 14 are health care staff working at long-term care homes. 

According to a breakdown of the 1,396 new cases, 440 are from Peel Region, 440 are from Toronto, and 155 are from York Region.

The province has confirmed 116 new school-related cases today, including 56 student cases, 13 staff cases and 47 unidentified cases. There have been 3,282 school-related cases reported to date with 1,101 of those reported in the last 14 days. There are currently 670 schools in Ontario with one or more reported COVID-19 cases.

Public Health Ontario reported 40,509 tests have been processed since yesterday's update, with 44,507 tests awaiting processing. 

Over the last seven days, the per cent positivity rate (the number of people who test positive) has ranged from 3.5 per cent to as high as 5.7 per cent (Nov. 10). A week ago the rate ranged from three to four per cent, and two weeks ago it was between 2.9 and 3.8 per cent. 

The province has stated its goal is to keep the per cent positivity rate for Ontario at or below three per cent. 

There are now 11,630 lab-confirmed, active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Of those, 452 COVID patients have been hospitalized. Three months ago there were fewer than 900 active cases.

The province has confirmed 91,180 cases of COVID-19 to date, and reported 76,238 recoveries and 3,312 deaths. 

The average total incidence rate for COVID-19 is 613.4 cases per 100,000 people. In the last seven days, the province's public health agency has confirmed 9,487 new cases of COVID-19. 

All of the Northern Ontario health unit regions are currently classified as green under the province’s new regional restrictions. It means the areas are permitted the broadest allowance of Stage 3 activities.

Since yesterday, 15 cases have been reported by health units across the north. There are 121 known active cases in the north.

The breakdown of Public Health Ontario data for the rate of cases for Northern Ontario health units is:

  • Algoma Public Health: 57 cases, rate of 49.8 per 100,000 people. There are 12 known active cases. The last case was reported Nov. 10.
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: 54 cases, rate of 41.6 per 100,000 people. The health unit has reported 56cases. There are seven known active cases. The last case was reported Nov. 12.
  • Porcupine Health Unit: 102, rate of 122.2 per 100,000 people. There are four known active cases. The last case was reported Nov. 11.
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 196 cases, rate of 98.5 per 100,000 people. There are 66 known active cases. The last cases were reported Nov. 12.There are four people hospitalized in Sudbury, though none are in the intensive care unit.
  • Timiskaming Health Unit: 17 cases, rate of 52 per 100,000 people. There are no known active cases. The last case was reported Oct. 5.
  • Northwestern Health Unit: 85 cases, rate of 96.9 per 100,000 people. The health unit has also reported two probable cases. There are seven known active cases. The last cases were reported Nov. 12.
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit: 143 cases, rate of 95.4 per 100,000 people. There are 25 known active cases. The last cases were reported Nov. 12.

The Ontario rate of infection is 613.4.