Ontario health officials recorded 266 new cases of VOCIDE-19 on Saturday, an increase of 0.8% from the previous day, marking the sixth consecutive day when the province reported fewer than 300 new cases of the virus. The province also reported that nine more people have died from the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
Currently, there are 31,992 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVIDE-19 in Ontario, including 2,507 deaths and 26,538 resolved cases.
Tests for VOCIDE-19 in Ontario remain high with 27,456 tests conducted since yesterday, the third consecutive day in which more than 20,000 tests were conducted in the province.
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott commented on the increase in the number of tests Saturday morning, but noted that there may be “time increases on certain days.”
“What matters most are trends that continue to show Ontario on a downward trajectory,” Elliott said in a tweet.
And while the number of daily tests performed continues to increase, the number of patients treated for COVIDE-19 in the hospital is decreasing.
As of Saturday morning, the province says 489 people are currently hospitalized, the first time in months that the number is below 500. Of the hospitalized patients, the province says 110 are being treated in an intensive care unit, 68 of whom breathe with a ventilator.
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