Ontario Records Drop in New COVID-19 Cases, But Says Numbers Are Underestimated

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TORONTO – Ontario reports a slight drop in the number of new COVID-19 cases, but says data unavailable from Toronto yesterday resulted in the numbers being underestimated. Health officials reported 78 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the provincial total to 40,367.

“Updated data from Toronto’s CORES public health system was not available today, resulting in an underestimation of the daily number of cases,” the province said.

There were no new deaths in the previous 24 hour period. The number of resolved cases has increased by 99 cases.

Resolved cases in Ontario now account for over 90% of infections.

There are currently 43 patients infected with the disease in Ontario hospitals. Of these patients, 20 are treated in the intensive care unit and 10 of them breathe using a ventilator.

The majority of total deaths to date have been reported in people over the age of 70.

One person, under the age of 19, with COVID-19 has died in Ontario, but it is not known whether the death was caused by illness or other health problems.

Eleven deceased patients were between 20 and 39 years old, while 120 were between 40 and 59 years old and 746 were between 60 and 79 years old.

Sixty-two percent of Wednesday’s new cases are in people under the age of 40.

Where are the new COVID-19 cases?

Twenty-eight of the province’s 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases.

Health regions reporting more than five cases include Ottawa, Region of Peel, Windsor-Essex, Middlesex-London, Waterloo, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.

Testing for COVID-19 in Ontario

More than 2.4 million COVID-19 tests have been performed in Ontario since the virus arrived in Ontario in late January.

In the past 24 hours, more than 29,626 tests have been performed.

As of 10:30 am Tuesday, 29,049 test samples are still under investigation.

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