Ontario has third consecutive day with fewer than 100 new cases of COVID-19

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Ontario reported 86 more cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, marking the third day in a row with fewer than 100 newly confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus in the province.Toronto, Ottawa, Peel, York and Chatham-Kent were the only public health units with 10 or more new cases. Twenty-two of the province’s 34 health units reported no new cases.

All of the numbers used in this story can be found in the Department of Health’s daily update, which includes data up to 4 p.m. the previous day. The number of cases for a given region on any given day may differ from what is reported by the local public health unit, which often avoids delays in the provincial system.

Ontario has now registered a total of 39,714 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began in late January. Provincial public health officials consider 90% of these cases to be resolved.

Another 146 were marked as resolved in today’s update, which means there are now less than 1,200 active infections of the novel coronavirus in the province.

Meanwhile, the number of patients in Ontario hospitals with confirmed cases of the disease has fallen from 78 to 66. That figure has fallen more than 90% from its peak in May. Thirty patients are being treated in intensive care units, while 15 are on ventilators.

The official health ministry’s COVID-19 death toll has remained stable at 2,782, with no additional deaths reported today. A CBC News tally based on more recent data from public health units puts the actual toll at 2,818 last night.

Premier Doug Ford is scheduled to begin his daily COVID-19 briefing at 1 p.m. at Queen’s Park. Ford’s office says he will be joined by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sports, Tourism and Culture.

You can watch it live in this story.

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