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Ontario reports 323 new COVID-19 cases today

The province also reported its highest number of tests processed in a single day with more than 20,000 tests in 24 hours
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Public Health Ontario reported 323 new cases of COVID-19 today, which is a 1.2 per cent increase in the total number of cases confirmed in the province to date.

This week, Ontario has reported both a record low and a record-high number of tests processed in a day. Since yesterday’s update, labs in the province have completed 20,640 tests, which is the highest number reported this month. On Monday the province reported 8,170 tests processed in a 24-hour period.

The province is also reporting 17 deaths related to COVID-19 today. Those deaths include two people between the ages of 40 and 59, four people between the ages of 60 and 79, and 11 people over the age of 80.

There have been 2,247 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Ontario to-date. Public Health Ontario reports 1,423 of the people who have died from the coronavirus have been residents of long-term care homes.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care, however, reports there have been 1,636 deaths of long-term care residents as a result of COVID-19. The ministry gets reports directly from long-term care homes. Public Health Ontario is reporting information supplied by regional health units, and typically the public health information lags behind that of the ministry.

There are now 801 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, including 121 patients in intensive care and 84 patients on ventilators.

There have been 27,533 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the province to-date, and 21,353 of those cases (77.6 per cent) are reported as recovered.

Public Health Ontario will report a case as recovered once 14 days have passed from the onset of symptoms and the person is not currently hospitalized.

At least 18 per cent of the cases in Ontario have been long-term care residents, and 6.5 per cent have been health care workers employed at long-term care facilities in outbreak.

The ministry of Long-Term Care reports seven of those healthcare workers have died.

Public Health Ontario reports there are ongoing outbreaks at 190 long-term care homes, 88 retirement homes, and 48 hospitals.

Forty per cent of the cases reported in Ontario have been individuals aged 60 or older and 66 per cent of all cases have been reported by Greater Toronto Area public health units.

According to today's report, which includes data from Jan. 15 to May 29, the number of cases at other Northern Ontario health units, as well as the rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 population are:

  • Algoma Public Health - 21 cases, rate of 18.4 per 100,000 population 
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - 25 cases, rate of 19.3 per 100,000 population
  • Porcupine Health Unit - 65, rate of 77.9 per 100,000 population
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts - 62 cases, rate of 31.2 per 100,000 population
  • Timiskaming Health Unit - 18 cases, rate of 55.1 per 100,000
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit - 81 cases, rate of 54 per 100,000 population
  • Northwestern Health Unit - 22 cases, rate of 25.1  per 100,000 population

According to the report, in Northeastern Ontario, there have been 191 confirmed cases, and the rate is 34.1 per 100,000 population. In Northwestern Ontario, there have been 103 cases and a rate of 43.3. The provincial rate per 100,000 population is 183.1.