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Ontario reports 383 new COVID-19 cases today

Testing is also up by nearly 50 per cent from the beginning of the week
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Public Health Ontario is reporting about a 25 per cent jump in new cases over yesterday’s report with 383 lab-confirmed cases today.

Yesterday and Tuesday the province’s daily case increase dipped with 287 and 292 new cases reported respectively. However, testing has also increased today with 17,615 tests completed since the last report. Earlier this week, daily testing totals were between 8,000 and 11,000 tests processed. 

The province reported 34 more deaths in the update today, including one long-term care worker. 

The deaths reported today include 11 people between the ages of 60 and 79, and 23 people over the age of 80. 

According to the provincial public health report, there are 833 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 137 in intensive care and 94 patients on ventilators. 

Reported recoveries are maintaining at about 76 to 77 per cent of the total confirmed cases. Currently, there are 20,673 people listed as recovered. Public Health Ontario considers anyone who has passed 14 days since symptom onset and is not hospitalized to be recovered. 

The Ministry of Long-Term Care reports 129 active outbreaks at long-term care homes in Ontario, and 1,655 active cases of COVID-19 in residents as well as 1,160 active cases in staff. The ministry has also reported 1,591 deaths of residents as a result of COVID-19, and six staff deaths. 

Public Health Ontario has reported 1,377 deaths of long-term care residents and five staff deaths. The agency also reports 91 ongoing outbreaks at retirement homes and 50 at hospitals. 

There have been 26,866 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Ontario. In total, 20,673 people are reported recovered (76.9 per cent) and 2,189 people have died (8.1 per cent). 

In Ontario, about 12.5 per cent of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases resulted in hospitalization.

The province’s epidemiological report states 61 per cent of the province’s cases are related to close contact or an outbreak. About 5.5 per cent of Ontario’s cases are reported as travel-related, and another 18 per cent have no known epidemiological link (formerly referred to as community transmission). The remaining 15.5 per cent of cases have missing or unknown information for the transmission source. 

The Canadian Press reports there have been 87,519 cases of COVID-19 confirmed and presumed in Canada since the pandemic began. There are 6,764 deaths reported as a result of the virus and 46,177 people are considered recovered. 

According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been 5.7 million cases of COVID-19 confirmed worldwide and 356,042 deaths attributed to the coronavirus. In total, 2.3 million people are reported recovered. 

There have been 458 cases confirmed in the Simcoe-Muskoka region, and 356 people have been reported as recovered. There have been 36 deaths in the region, and 35 of those occurred in Simcoe County.

The case rate (including lab-confirmed cases only) for the Simcoe-Muskoka region is 75.6 cases per 100,000 population. The provincial average is 180.7 cases per 100,000 population.

The case breakdown by municipality, according to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, is as follows:

Barrie (149 cases, 116 recoveries, 14 deaths), Bradford West Gwillimbury (99 cases, 76 recoveries, 12 deaths, 1 in hospital), New Tecumseth (48 cases, 32 recoveries, 3 in hospital, one death), Orillia (17 cases, 13 recoveries, 2 deaths, one in hospital), Collingwood (15 cases, 11 recoveries), Wasaga Beach (13 cases, 10 recoveries, one death), Clearview (7 cases, 6 recoveries, one death), Innisfil (34 cases, 29 recoveries, one in hospital), Springwater (8 cases, 7 recoveries, 1 death), Midland (6 cases, all recovered), Oro-Medonte (5 cases, 3 recoveries, 2 deaths), Adjala-Tosorontio (7 cases, all recovered), Essa (11 cases, 7 recoveries, 1 death), Ramara (7 cases, 4 recoveries), Tiny (3 cases, 2 recoveries), Tay (5 cases, 3 recoveries, 1 in hospital), Penetanguishene (3 cases, all recovered), and Severn (3 cases, all recovered).