63 new coronavirus deaths reported in Ontario as cases rise again

May 8 2020, 2:43 pm

The Province of Ontario confirms there are 63 more COVID-19 related deaths, as new cases rise to 477, as of Friday morning.

This is an increase in new cases compared to Thursday’s 399.

The province’s total is now 19,598, but 71.4% of the cases have been resolved with 13,990 patients recovered.

A total of 1,540 people have died from coronavirus in Ontario, and there are 14,641 cases currently under investigation.

According to the Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS), there are 234 outbreaks with 720 resident deaths, an increase of 39 deaths from Thursday’s report.

However, the Ministry of Long-Term Care daily report, there have been 175 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes. And, they report 1,150 resident deaths, an increase of 40 deaths from the previous day.

Government of Ontario

According to Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario relies on local public health units to report on the coronavirus, both in the community and in long-term care homes, through iPHIS, of which there is a delay in the data being received.

At the same time, the Ministry of Long-Term Care has started collecting information about coronavirus in long-term care homes through its network of inspectors.

There were 16,295 tests completed from the previous day.

The Greater Toronto Area public health units account for more than half of the cases at 61.3%.

Of the total cases, 41.9% are male and 57.3% are female, with 43.4% of cases age 60 years and older.

To date, there are 1,028 hospitalized, with 213 in ICU, and 166 patients are on ventilators.

Government of Ontario

The daily summary is based on data reported by the 34 public health units across Ontario and recorded in the province’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS), according to the Ontario government.

iPHIS is the Ministry of Health’s disease reporting system where data is regularly updated, and where each daily summary is pulled at 4 pm the previous day.

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