Ontario's new coronavirus cases dip below 170 as regions reopen

Jun 24 2020, 7:46 am

The Province of Ontario has confirmed 12 more COVID-19 related deaths and 163 new cases as of Wednesday morning.

These numbers are a decrease from Tuesday’s 216, but a slight increase from Monday’s 161, which marked the lowest daily case count since March 28, when Ontario reported 151 cases.

On Wednesday, Health Minister Christine Elliot said there are 229 cases resolved from the previous day and 66 fewer active cases in the province.

And locally, 30 of Ontario’s 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases today, a new high, with 16 of them reporting no new cases at all.

“That’s welcome news as we continue to safely and gradually reopen the province,” Elliot said.

According to the latest data, a total of 23, 207 tests were completed from the previous day, an increased from Tuesday’s 16,189.

To date, a total of 1,236,023 have been tested across Ontario.

The overall downward trend of cases comes as Ontario allows 33 regions in the province to enter the next stage of reopening the economy, although Windsor-Essex has not been included yet.

On Monday, Premier Doug Ford announced that the City of Toronto and Peel Region could enter Stage 2 on Wednesday, June 24 at 12:01 am.

Ontario also plans to extend its state of emergency until July 15 — it is currently in effect until the end of the month.

On June 18, Ontario announced it’s launching a new coronavirus contact tracing app, as the province ramps up testing capacity.

The Province’s case total is now 34,061, with 86.2% of those cases resolved and 29,336 patients reportedly recovered.

A total of 2,631 people have died from coronavirus in Ontario, and there are 21,398 cases currently under investigation.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report, there have been 62 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes with 1,798 resident deaths. Around 16% of cases in all of Ontario come from residents at these facilities.

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Of the total cases, 15,470 are male and 18,272 are female, with 6,542 cases age 60 years and older.

To date, there are 278 hospitalized — 10 less than Tuesday — and 73 patients in the ICU, with 48 on ventilators.

According to the Health Minister, a new custom case and contact management system is being built to better monitor virus spread in the Province.