Ontario records another day with more than 400 new coronavirus cases

May 23 2020, 9:27 am

Ontario confirmed there have been 27 more COVID-19 related deaths and 412 new cases as of Saturday morning.

This marks a slight decrease in new cases compared to Friday’s 441, and Thursday’s 413.

According to the province’s data, there were 11,028 tests completed from the previous day — a slight decrease from the 11,276 reported on Friday and an increase from the 10,506 reported on Thursday.

To date, a total of 599,986 have been tested across Ontario.

The province has now seen a total of 25,040 coronavirus cases, but 76.5% of the cases have been resolved, with 19,146 patients recovered.

A total of 2,048 people have died from coronavirus in Ontario, and there are 5,894 cases currently under investigation.

According to the Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS), there are 212 outbreaks in long-term care homes, up from Friday’s 211, with 1,282 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 165 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes with 1,495 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% of patients are male and 56.6% of patients are female, with 41.5% of cases age 60 years and older.

To date, there are 912 hospitalized, with 147 in ICU, and 119 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.