Ontario reporting lowest new coronavirus cases in more than three months

Jun 26 2020, 7:26 am

The Province of Ontario has confirmed three more COVID-19 related deaths and 111 new known cases of the illness on Friday morning.

These numbers are a decrease from each day this week — Thursday’s 189Wednesday’s 163Tuesday’s 216, and Monday’s 161 — officially marking the lowest daily case count since March 25, when the province confirmed 100 new cases.

On Wednesday, Health Minister Christine Elliot said the day’s numbers show a 0.3% increase from Thursday.

“While very welcome news, we shouldn’t draw too many conclusions from one day of data,” she said. “Rather, we’ll continue to keep a close eye on what is hopefully the continuation of our downward trend.”

According to the latest data, a total of 31,000 tests were completed from the previous day — an increase decrease from Thursday’s 27,511, Wednesday’s 23,207, and Tuesday’s 16,189.

The overall downward trend of cases comes as Ontario allows all 34 regions in the province to enter Stage 2 of reopening the economy, however, two cities are still not permitted in Windsor-Essex.

Ontario also has extended its state of emergency until July 15 and is hopeful it will not need to be extended again.

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 34,316, with 86.7% of those cases resolved and 29,754 patients reportedly recovered.

A total of 2,644 people have died from coronavirus in Ontario, and there are 27,344 cases currently under investigation.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report, there have been 315 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes with 1,807 resident deaths. Around 16% of cases in all of Ontario come from residents at these facilities.

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Of the total cases, 15,593 are male and 18,540 are female, with 12,416 cases age 60 years and older.

To date, there are 256 hospitalized — 14 fewer than Thursday — and 61 patients in the ICU, with 41 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.

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