Ontario Reports 78 New Coronavirus Cases, Toronto Case Count Not Included

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Ontario reported 78 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the provincial total to 40,367.However, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said Toronto numbers are not included in Thursday’s provincial case count, resulting in an underestimation of the count.

“Today, Ontario is reporting 78 cases of COVID-19, a 0.2% increase – however, updated numbers from Toronto’s public health CORES system were not available,” Elliott said .

The death toll in the province remains at 2,787 as no new deaths have been reported.

During that time, 36,689 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, accounting for 90% of cases. The resolved cases increased by 99 from the previous day.

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Thursday’s provincial report said the majority of the new cases were from Peel Region with 19 new cases and Ottawa with 10 cases.

All other Ontario public health units have reported zero or less than 10 new cases.

Here is a breakdown of the total number of cases in Ontario by sex and age:

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  • 18,827 people are men – an increase of 42 cases.
  • 21,248 people are women, an increase of 36 cases.
  • 2,456 people are 19 and under – an increase of 19 cases.
  • 12,459 people are between 20 and 39 years old, an increase of 30 cases.
  • 12,112 people are between 40 and 59 years old, an increase of 20 cases.
  • 7,288 people are between 60 and 79 years old, an increase of nine cases.
  • 6,047 people are aged 80 and over – no increase in cases.

The province notes that all cases have no declared age or sex.

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To date, Ontario has tested 2,498,266 for the virus. This represents an increase of 29,626 tests from the previous day. There are currently 29,049 people under investigation awaiting test results.

Ontario has 43 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (an increase of six from the previous day), with 20 patients in an intensive care unit (unchanged) and 10 patients in ICU on ventilators (unchanged).

The province notes that the number of cases publicly reported by the province each day may not match the number of cases reported by the local public health unit on any given day. Local public health units report when they are first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available.

The new figures released for Thursday’s report are valid from 2 p.m. Wednesday for the public health units in Ottawa and Middlesex-London, and 4 p.m. Wednesday for the rest of the province. Figures from Toronto Public Health were not included in Thursday’s report.

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According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, 1,847 deaths have been reported among residents and patients of long-term care homes across Ontario, which remains unchanged from the previous day, and there are currently 18 outbreaks. Eight health workers and long-term care home staff have died.

The ministry also said there are currently three active cases among long-term care residents and 34 active cases among staff.

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