Ontario confirms lowest new coronavirus case increase in over six weeks

May 14 2020, 2:44 pm

The Province of Ontario confirms there are 33 more COVID-19 related deaths, with 258 new cases, as of Thursday morning.

This marks the lowest number in around six weeks. On March 31, Ontario reported 211 cases.

Thursday’s new case totals show a decrease from Wednesday’s 329, and Tuesday’s 361, which was the biggest jump in three days.

The province’s total is now 21,494 but 75.4% of the cases have been resolved, with 16,204 patients recovered.

A total of 1,798 people have died from coronavirus in Ontario, and there are 17,578  cases currently under investigation.

According to the Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS), there are 254 outbreaks with 814 resident deaths.

However, the Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report, there have been 185 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes. And, they report 1,308 resident deaths.

Government of Ontario

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.

There were 17, 429 tests completed from the previous day. To date, a total 492,487 have been tested across Ontario.

The Greater Toronto Area public health units account for more than half of the cases at 62.4%.

Of the total cases, 42% are male and 57.2% are female, with 43% of cases age 60 years and older.

To date, there are 1,026 hospitalized, with 184 in ICU, and 141 patients are 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 (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.

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