Ontario Public Health reported 568 new cases today (an increase of 5.7%), a few more than the last daily record of 564 cases reported on April 17. The province also reported 39 additional deaths since yesterday.
Test rates are also higher than ever with 9,643 tests performed for this reporting period. There are 5,736 tests pending results, and a total of 156,097 tests have been completed in Ontario.
There are now 10,578 cases of COVID-19 confirmed by laboratory tests in Ontario, including 5,209 recoveries (49.2%) and 553 deaths (5.2%). There are now 809 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, and of these 247 people are in intensive care units. There are 196 people with COVID-19 on the fans.
The province reports 112 outbreaks in long-term care homes in Ontario and 31 outbreaks in hospitals.
There were 240 deaths of patients and residents of long-term care homes attributable to COVID-19 and one death of staff. There have been 1,179 (11.1% of all cases) of confirmed COVID-19 cases among health workers, but it is not known how many of these cases were transmitted to staff via their workplace.
The province reports that about 28.4% of cases are community-based transmissions and 11.7% have been confirmed in people with a history of travel. Another 17.9% of cases are attributed to close contact, and for the remaining 42%, the source of transmission is pending.
All data included in the Ontario Public Health daily report is current at 4:00 p.m. yesterday.
Premier Ontario Doug Ford said yesterday that updated public health model numbers will be released tomorrow, which is likely to have an impact on public health measures in place over the coming weeks and months to come.
The Prime Minister and Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, also announced $ 20 million in funding for research to help develop a vaccine against COVID-19.
The province says the COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund is currently seeking proposals from research institutions, post-secondary institutions and not-for-profit scientific partners to advance medical research and develop tools and resources to combat it. against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
The Porcupine Health Unit, which covers Timmins and the surrounding area, continues to have the highest rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 population among other health units in northern Ontario.
According to today’s report, which includes data from January 15 to April 18, the number of cases in other health units in northern Ontario, as well as the rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 population are The following:
- Algoma Public Health – 12 cases, rate 10.5 per 100,000 population
- North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit – 13 cases, rate of 10 per 100,000 population
- Porcupine Health Unit – 48, rate 57.5 per 100,000 population (the health unit reported 49 cases in the Timmins area)
- Public Health Sudbury and Districts – 41 cases, rate 20.6 per 100,000 population
- Timiskaming Health Unit – 10 cases, rate 30.6 per 100,000
- Thunder Bay District Health Unit – 47 cases, rate of 31.3 per 100,000 population
- North West Health Unit – 12 cases, rate 13.7 per 100,000 population
In northeastern Ontario, there are currently 124 confirmed cases, and the rate is 22.2 per 100,000 population. In northwestern Ontario, there are 59 cases and a rate of 24.8. The provincial rate per 100,000 population is 71.2.