Coronavirus cases rise as Ontario softens rules and regulations

May 22 2020, 7:58 am

The Province of Ontario confirms there are 28 more COVID-19 related deaths and 441 new cases, as of Friday morning.

This marks a slight increase in new cases compared to Thursday’s 413, and also surpasses Tuesday’s 427, which was seen as a spike at the time.

According to the province’s data, there were 11,276 tests completed from the previous day — an increase from the 10,506 reported on Thursday and the 7,382 reported on Wednesday.

To date, a total of 588,958 have been tested across Ontario.

The province’s total is now 24,628, but 76.2% of the cases have been resolved, with 18,767 patients recovered.

A total of 2,021 people have died from coronavirus in Ontario, and there are 5,516 cases currently under investigation.

According to the Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS), there are 211 outbreaks in long-term care homes — down from Thursday’s 216 — with 1,262 resident deaths.

Around 19.1% of cases in all of Ontario come from residents of these facilities, while 6.6% are reported from health-care workers in these spaces.

However, the Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report says there have been 171 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes with 1,486 resident deaths.

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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, in 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.

The Greater Toronto Area public health units account for more than half of the cases at 63.9%.

Of the total cases, 42.7% are male and 56.6% are female, with 41.7% of cases age 60 years and older.

To date, there are 961 hospitalized, with 153 in ICU, and 120 patients on ventilators.

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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, 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.

Today’s increase in cases comes after the province entered Stage 1 of its framework to reopen the economy on Tuesday, allowing certain businesses and recreational activities to reopen.

However, even though reopening the economy has begun, Premier Doug Ford’s government extended its emergency orders to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The emergency orders are currently in force until May 29.

According to the province, that includes the closure of bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery only, restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women’s shelters.