The Province of Ontario confirms there are 68 more COVID-19 related deaths, with 412 new cases and a total now reaching 18,722, as of Wednesday morning.
There was a slight increase in new cases compared to Tuesday’s 387.
The province also showed that 70.6% of the cases have been resolved with 13,222 patients recovered.
A total of 1,429 people have died from coronavirus in Ontario, and there are 8,790 cases currently under investigation.
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According to the Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS), there are 223 outbreaks with 653 resident deaths.
However, the Ministry of Long-Term Care daily report, there have been 174 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes. And, they report 1,074 resident deaths, an increase of 71 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.
There were 12,961 tests completed from the previous day.
The Greater Toronto Area public health units account for more than half of the cases at 60.6%.
Of the total cases, 41.8% are male and 57.3% are female, with 43.8% of cases age 60 years and older.
To date, there are 1,032 hospitalized, with 219 in ICU, and 174 patients are on ventilators.
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.