The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to decrease, along with testing

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The number of new COVID-19 cases registered by Ontario public health units fell for the second day in a row on Monday, as did the number of tests done across the province.

A total of 304 cases were identified with the last update, down from 391 on Saturday and 340 on Sunday. There have also been 9,155 additional tests performed since the last provincial report, down sharply from 16,217 reported yesterday and 17,768 the previous day.

There are now 3,415 active cases in the province of 22,957 confirmed to date, after 17,638 resolutions and 1,904 deaths. Of the 553,981 tests performed in Ontario to find these results, 2,189 are still pending.

Hospital care and treatment was deemed necessary for 972 active cases in the province, of which 174 were in the intensive care unit (ICU), 133 on a ventilator.

Seven more outbreaks were reported in long-term care (LTC) homes across the province as part of these statistics, bringing the total number of events reported to 276.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care said there are now 189 active LTC outbreaks across the province, after resolution of 85. There are currently 2,526 residents and patients fighting COVID-19 in relationship with these epidemics, as well as 1,606 LTC employees.

Since the start of the pandemic, 1,389 residents and patients of LTC, as well as five employees of LTC, have lost their lives due to the virus.

Villa St. Joseph was the site of one of these premature deaths, but has since been cleared of its epidemic state. Finlandia Village Nursing Home, Wikwemikong Nursing Home, Elizabeth Center and Manitoulin Lodge are the only LTC facilities in the district to manage an outbreak of reported cases.

To date, 64 cases have been reported by Public Health Sudbury and Districts, of which 59 have likely recovered and two have died.

There were 9,685 tests done in the district to determine these results out of the 37,658 tests done in northern Ontario. At the regional level, there are now 22 active cases out of the 285 confirmed, following 253 resolutions and 10 deaths.

Health Sciences North had none of these active cases as of May 15 at 12:00 p.m. but at the time was dealing with 18 unconfirmed cases in various departments.

These regional and provincial statistics are included in the 78,004 confirmed and 11 suspected cases of COVID-19 reported in Canada at 1:29 p.m. May 18, including 39,129 resolutions and 5,839 deaths.

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