Ontario Reports Highest Number of New COVID-19 Cases in Over a Week

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TORONTO – Ontario reports an increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19, recording more than 100 new infections for the first time in a week. Health officials reported 115 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections so far to 40,161.

No new deaths were reported in the previous 24 hour period. The total number of resolved cases has increased by 102.

“Despite a slight uptick and the end of our streak, we must not lose sight of the fact that thanks to your efforts, the trend in the province remains down,” said the Ontario Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, in a tweet on Monday.

There are currently 49 patients infected with the disease in Ontario hospitals. Of these patients, 25 are treated in the intensive care unit and 14 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.

More than 60% of Monday’s new cases are in people under 40.

Where are the new COVID-19 cases?

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said 28 of the province’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer new cases of the disease on Monday, with 18 of them reporting no new cases .

Peel Region reported 19 new cases on Monday, York Region reported seven new cases, Ottawa reported 20 new cases, Toronto 16 new cases and Windsor-Essex 12 new cases.

Windsor-Essex, an area struggling to contain the spread of COVID-19, has been given the green light to join the rest of the province in Stage 3.

The province said Monday that based on “positive local trends in key public health indicators,” the region would be in a position to take the next step in Ontario’s plan to reopen starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

Stage 3 includes the reopening of gyms, indoor meals in bars and restaurants and many facial services.

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 at the end of January.

In the past 24 hours, just over 22,000 tests have been performed.

At 10:30 am Monday, 10,685 test samples are still under investigation.

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