38 new deaths and 551 other cases of COVID-19 in Ontario

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TORONTO –
Ontario health officials have confirmed 551 new COVID-19 cases and 38 new deaths.

The new patients, announced Tuesday morning, bring the total number of cases to 11,735, including 622 deaths and 5,806 cures.

Tuesday’s epidemiological summary indicates that 24 of 38 new deaths have occurred in residents of long-term care homes in Ontario. Of the 622 deaths in the province, 273 of them resided in these establishments.

To date, 121 outbreaks have been reported in long-term care homes across the province – an increase of seven from Monday’s report.

Of all COVID-19 patients in Ontario, 1,368 of them are healthcare workers. A health worker died from the new coronavirus in the province.

Currently, 859 patients in Ontario remain in hospital for treatment. The number is up from 802 patients reported by health officials on Monday. Of these 859 patients, 250 are in an intensive care unit and 195 of these 250 patients are ventilated to help breathe.

Tuesday’s data comes a day after provincial health officials released models to predict the spread of the deadly disease and said the spate of new community-wide spreads of the new coronavirus appears to have peaked, but the spread to long-term care homes and other gathering places appears to be increasing.

Quick facts about all COVID-19 patients in Ontario:

  • 11.9% of all patients were hospitalized at some point

  • 42.2% of all patients in the province are men and 56.8% are women – 117 cases did not specify male or female

  • 43.8% of all patients are 60 years of age or older – nine cases did not specify their age

  • 2.2% of all patients are 19 years of age or younger

  • 22.6% of all patients are between 20 and 39 years old

  • 31.2% of all patients are between 40 and 59 years old

  • 22.9% of all patients are between 60 and 79 years old

  • 20.9% of all patients are 80 years of age or older

  • Greater Toronto area public health units account for 58.7% of all cases in the province

  • 10.7% of all patients had traveled in the 14 days preceding their illness

  • 17.4% of all patients were in contact with an already confirmed case

  • 30.5% of all patients were exposed to the community

  • 41.4% of all patients had exposure information listed as pending

COVID-19 tests in Ontario

To date, the province has completed 174,170 tests for the new coronavirus.

In recent days, the province has stepped up its tests with 9,330 tests conducted between 12:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. Monday.

There are currently 5,546 test samples in Ontario still under investigation for COVID-19.

All of the data reported in Tuesday’s provincial summary comes from the integrated Public Health Information System database at 4 p.m. April 20 and from Toronto Public Health’s independent rapid entry coronavirus system from 2 p.m. April 20.

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