The Province of Ontario confirms there have been 11 more COVID-19 related deaths and 182 new cases as of Friday morning.
This marks the lowest number since March 28, when Ontario reported 151 cases.
The decrease in cases comes as Ontario allows most regions in the province to enter the next stage of reopening the economy on Friday — although Toronto is one of the regions not included.
Ontario has also officially extended the state of emergency until June 30.
According to the latest data, a total of 28,334 tests were completed from the previous day — marking the highest numbers of tests reported to date.
This is an increase from Thursday’s 24,341, Wednesday’s 19,941, Tuesday’s 13,509, and Monday’s 15,357.
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Premier Doug Ford wanted the province to test 16,000 people daily starting on May 6. Testing has been consistently fluctuating around this goal.
The province released its expanded testing strategy, which includes deploying mobile teams to coronavirus hotspots and testing more workplaces, regions, and neighbourhoods.
To date, a total of 953,015 have been tested across Ontario.
The province’s total is now 31,726, but 82.5% of the cases have been resolved, with 26,187 patients recovered.
A total of 2,498 people have died from coronavirus in Ontario, and there are 18,512 cases currently under investigation.
According to the Public Health Ontario Daily Epidemiologic Summary (iPHIS), there are 77 outbreaks in long-term care homes, with 1,952 resident deaths. Around 16.7% of cases in all of Ontario come from residents at these facilities.
However, the Ministry of Long-Term Care Daily Report says there have been 63 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes with 1,776 resident deaths.
The province is no longer showing long-term care home updates through iPHIS.
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, 14,265 are male and 17,203 are female, with 6,204 of cases age 60 years and older.
To date, there are 527 hospitalized, with 114 in ICU, and 84 patients on ventilators.
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.