Ontario reports another 634 new cases of COVID-19 today

Apr 24, 2020

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USED 2019-01-02-flagMiriam King/BradfordToday
Ontario is reporting an additional 634 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases today, the results of another 10,214 tests completed.

This is the highest number of confirmed cases reported in a single day from the province, but it is also some of the highest amount of testingcompleted in a single day.

There have been a total of 12,879 cases of the virus confirmed through lab testing in the province, of those, 6,680 have recovered (51.9 per cent) and 713 have died (5.5 per cent).

According to the Ontario Public Health website, there have been 54 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 since yesterday’s report.

There are now 135 outbreaks at long-term care homes and 37 outbreaks at Ontario hospitals.

Ontario Public Health is reporting 1,922 cases in long-term care residents and 358 deaths attributed to COVID-19, but not all of those are included in the total death toll for Ontario as not all residents were confirmed positive for COVID-19 before they died. In fact, the province reported there were 63 deaths of residents in long-term care homes yesterday, which is higher than the total deaths reported for the province for yesterday.

The ministry of long-term care is reporting 2,189 lab-confirmed cases in long-term care residents and 516 deaths attributed to COVID-19. Data is self-reported by long-term care homes to the ministry. Ontario Public Health gathers its statistics from a public health database, and the website states their data may lag behind that of the ministry of long-term care.

About 10 per cent of the province’s lab-confirmed cases have been linked totravel history, 18 per cent to close contact, and 32.7 per cent to community transmission. The remaining 39 per cent lists transmission sources as pending.

There are now 887 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, and of those 233 are in intensive care units and 185 patients are on ventilators.

Locally, the Porcupine Health Unit reported one new case and four recoveries today.

There have now been55 confirmed COVID-19 cases in its region. Of those, there are 34 recoveries and three people have died.

In Northern Ontario, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit now has the highest number of cases, with 59. The Porcupine Health Unit, which covers Timmins and the surrounding area, still has the highest rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 population among other health units in Northern Ontario. The rate there is 63.5 per 100,000 people.

According to today's report, which includes data from Jan. 15 to April 22, the number of cases at other Northern Ontario health units, as well as the rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 population are:

• Algoma Public Health - 12 cases, rate of 10.5 per 100,000 population

• North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - 14 cases, rate of 10.8 per 100,000 population

• Porcupine Health Unit - 53, rate of 63.5 per 100,000 population (55 cases havebeen confirmed now)

• Public Health Sudbury and Districts - 47 cases, rate of 23.6 per 100,000 population

• Timiskaming Health Unit - 12 cases, rate of 36.7 per 100,000

• Thunder Bay District Health Unit - 59 cases, rate of 39.3 per 100,000 population

• Northwestern Health Unit - 15 cases, rate of 17.1 per 100,000 population

In Northeastern Ontario, there are currently 138 confirmed cases, and the rate is 24.7 per 100,000 population. In Northwestern Ontario, there are 74 cases and a rate of 31.1. The provincial rate per 100,000 population is 86.6

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