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Ontario confirms 86 new COVID cases today

There are now 1,185 active, lab-confirmed COVID cases in the province
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For the third day in a row, Ontario has reported fewer than 100 new cases of COVID-19. 

Today the province has confirmed 86 new cases of the coronavirus, 146 recoveries, and no new deaths. 

The new cases reported today include 40 people between 20 and 39 years old, and 16 people aged 19 and under. The remainder of the cases are split between the 40 to 59-year-old age group (14 cases) and the 60 to 79-year-old age group (13 cases). There is one case in a person over the age of 80. 

Today's report also includes 24 new cases confirmed in health care workers employed at long-term care homes across Ontario. There are 40 current outbreaks at long-term care homes and 22 at retirement homes. 

Of the province's 34 health units, 22 reported zero new cases for today's update, and the remainder reported 16 or fewer cases, except Toronto, which reported 18 new cases. Ottawa reported 16 cases, Peel reported 11, York reported 10, and Chatham-Kent reported 14. 

Windsor-Essex, the only county in the province still in Stage 2 restrictions, reported two new cases in today's update. 

According to the epidemiological summary for today, there were 17,229 COVID-19 tests processed since the last provincial update. 

To-date, Public Health Ontario has confirmed 39,714 cases of the novel coronavirus in the province, and reported 35,747 of those as recovered with 2,782 cases ending in death. 

There are now 1,185 active, lab-confirmed COVID cases in the province based on the data in the epidemiological report. There are 66 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 30 patients in intensive care and 15 patients on ventilators.

In Northern Ontario there are 27 known active cases.

The breakdown for the health units is:

• Algoma Public Health - 27 cases, rate of 23.6 per 100,000 population. There are no known active cases.

• North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - 35 cases, rate of 27 per 100,000 population. The health unit has reported 37 cases. There are no known active cases.

• Porcupine Health Unit - 71, rate of 85.1 per 100,000 population. The health unit has reported 72 confirmed cases. There is one known active case. 

• Public Health Sudbury and Districts - 89 cases, rate of 85.1 per 100,000 population. There are 21 known active cases. 

• Timiskaming Health Unit - 19 cases, rate of 58.1 per 100,000. There is one known active case. 

• Northwestern Health Unit - 44 cases, rate of 50.2 per 100,000. There is one known active case.

• Thunder Bay District Health Unit - 98 cases, rate of 65.4 per 100,000. There are three known active cases. 

The Ontario rate of infection per 100,000 population is 267.2.


Erika Engel

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