61 more deaths, 387 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Ontario

May 5 2020, 7:44 am

The Province of Ontario confirms there are 61 more COVID-19 related deaths, with 387 new cases and a total now reaching 18,310, as of Tuesday morning.

There was a slight increase in new cases compared to Monday’s 370.

Now, almost 70% of the cases have been resolved with 12,779 patients recovered.

A total of 1,361 people have died from coronavirus in Ontario, and there are 6,023 cases currently under investigation.

According to the Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS), there are 218 outbreaks with 697 resident deaths — an increase of 71 deaths from Monday’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 1,003 resident deaths, an increase of 28 deaths from the previous day.

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.

Government of Ontario

There were 10,654 tests completed from the previous day.

This number contrasts what Premier Doug Ford said during a press conference on Monday, where he announced over 17,000 tests had been completed daily exceeding the goal of having 16,000 tests done a day by May 6.

The Greater Toronto Area public health units account for more than half of the cases at 60.4%.

Of the total cases, 41.7% are male and 57.5% are female, with 44% of cases age 60 years and older.

To date, there are 1,043 hospitalized, with 223 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.