Ontario health officials have confirmed 510 more COVID-19 cases and 37 more deaths.
New patients bring the total number of COVID-19 cases in the province to 12,245, including 6,221 recoveries, marking the first time in the province that recoveries exceed active cases. Authorities say 659 people died from the virus.
Long-term care residents account for the majority of deaths in the province.
On Tuesday, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s assistant chief medical officer of health, said 399 residents and one staff member died from COVID-19. Overall, there are 1,618 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents of long-term care homes and 867 confirmed cases among staff.
Health officials have also confirmed 128 outbreaks in the province’s 630 long-term care homes.
An emergency ordinance that prevents staff from working at multiple sites is effective today and is expected to last two weeks.
878 people in hospitals are receiving treatment for COVID-19, an increase of 19 patients from the previous day. Of these 878, there are 243 patients in an intensive care unit (ICU), compared to 250 reported on Tuesday. One hundred and ninety-two of these intensive care patients are ventilated.
According to Wednesday’s epidemiological summary, 441 deceased patients are 80 years of age or older. 181 other deceased patients are between 60 and 79 years old. Thirty-six deceased patients are between 40 and 59 years old. One deceased patient is between 20 and 39 years of age, the youngest death in the province linked to the virus.
No deaths have been reported in patients 19 years of age or younger, although there were 270 confirmed cases in this age group.
Update on tests
In terms of testing, the province said it had completed 10,361 tests in the past 24 hours, nearing its target of 12,500 tests per day by April 22.
The province says it has performed 184,531 to date, but the Ministry of Health says this number represents the total number of tests, not people tested, which means that a patient could have been tested more than once.
There are 6,845 cases under investigation, which, according to Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, are not a “backlog” but the result of intensified testing.
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