Ontario reports spike in new coronavirus cases but numbers still below 100

Aug 12 2020, 7:22 am

The Province of Ontario has confirmed 95 new COVID-19 cases, with one reported death, as of Wednesday morning.

Today’s new cases are an increase from Tuesday’s 33, which were the lowest numbers since March 18, when the province reported just 23 cases.

But, the low numbers were a result of routine data clean-up by Toronto Public Health, which removed 21 cases, such as duplicates, that had previously been included in daily case counts, Health Minister Christine Elliot explained in her daily update.

According Elliott, on Wednesday, locally 28 of the province’s 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with 16 of them reporting no new cases.

“Yesterday, the province processed over 24,500 tests,” she said.

Elliot added that with 134 more resolved, Ontario continues to see a decline in the number of active cases.

“Hospitalizations, ICU admissions and vented patients all decreased as well.”

There are a total of 40,289 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario reported to date.

On Tuesday, Toronto reported just eight new cases.

And at the start of the week, Toronto Public Health’s COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard officially reached an overall status of “green” for the first time during the pandemic.

This means that the city is reaching its goal for virus spread and containment, laboratory testing, health system capacity, and public health system capacity.

To date in Toronto, there are 15,540 with 14,096 recovered and 1,163 reported deaths.

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