Ontario reports under 180 new coronavirus cases for first time since March

Jun 18 2020, 7:44 am

The Province of Ontario confirms there have been three more COVID-19 related deaths and 173 new cases as of Thursday morning.

This marks the lowest number since March 28, when Ontario reported 151 cases.

Monday’s number is a decrease from Wednesday’s 190Tuesday’s 184Monday’s 181, and Sunday’s 197, making it the fifth day in a row known cases are under 200.

The decrease in cases comes as Ontario allows most regions in the province to enter the next stage of reopening the economy, although Toronto is one of the areas not included yet.

Ontario also plans to extend its state of emergency until July 15 — it is currently in effect until June 30.

According to the latest data, a total of 25,278 coronavirus tests were completed from the previous day, an increase from Wednesday’s 24,205, Tuesday’s 21,724 and Monday’s 21,751.

To date, a total of 1,096,707 have been tested across Ontario.

The province’s case total is now 32,917 but 85.1% of the cases have been resolved, with 28,004 patients recovered.

A total of 2,553 people have died from coronavirus in Ontario, and there are 24,887 cases currently under investigation.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report says there have been 67 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes with 1,797 resident deaths. Around 16.3% of cases in all of Ontario come from residents at these facilities.

The province is no longer showing long-term care home updates through Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS).

Government of Ontario

On May 26, Ford said the province is investigating long-term care homes after reports from military members helping in long-term care homes show “heartbreaking and horrific” concerns.

The provincial government will also take over five more long-term care homes that Ford is “most concerned” about and will perform “rigorous inspections” of 13 more homes over the coming weeks.

Of the total cases, 14,875 are male and 17,770 are female, with 6,365 of cases age 60 years and older.

To date, there are 351 hospitalized, with 84 in ICU, and 60 patients 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, 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.

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