The Government of Ontario confirms there have been 54 more COVID-19 related deaths, with 634 new cases, marking its biggest single-day jump so far.
As of Thursday morning, the new cases brings the total to 12,879, with almost half of the cases resolved at 6,680.
Compared to Wednesday’s 551 there has been an increase in confirmed coronavirus patients.
So far, a total of 713 people have died from coronavirus in Ontario with 6,757 cases currently under investigation.
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According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care daily report, there have been 132 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes, an increase of seven from Monday’s report. And, they report 516 resident deaths.
However, the Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS) shows 135 outbreaks with 358 resident death.
The Greater Toronto Area public health units account for more than half of the cases at 59.9%.
Of the total cases, 42% are male and 57% are female, with 44.5% of cases aged 60 years and older.
To date, there are 887 hospitalized, with 222 in ICU, and 185 patients are on ventilators.
According to the province, 10,214 tests were completed in a day — the numbers have been steadily increasing since Monday. But, Premier Doug Ford said by the end of the month he wants to see 14,000 tests done daily.
On Monday, Ontario health officials said that community spread in the province has likely peaked as coronavirus totals trend towards the “best case scenario.”
Now, health officials predict total cases will be 20,000 or less by the end of the month compared to the 80,000 that was originally projected in March.
However, cases and deaths in long-term care homes and other congregate settings will continue to rise.
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.