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550 new coronavirus cases in Ontario, total surpasses 5,000 cases with 174 deaths

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A call for help was issued by the Ontario government on Tuesday as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow in Ontario and health care workers continue to contract the virus. Travis Dhanraj reports.

Ontario reported 550 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, and 21 more deaths, bringing the provincial total to 5,276 cases.

The death toll has risen to 174.

Wednesday’s increase in cases is the highest jump the province has seen in a single-day.

However, provincial officials also reported that 2,074 patients have recovered from the virus.

Ontario has 605 hospitalized patients due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, with 246 patients in an ICU (intensive care unit) and 195 in ICUs on a ventilator.

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Fifty-eight cases are healthcare workers in Ontario.

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The province has tested 84,601 people so far for the virus. There are 1,102 people currently under investigation awaiting test results.

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Wednesday’s report marks an 11.6 per cent increase in cases, compared to an 8.7 per cent increase on Tuesday, 7.7 per cent on Monday, 11.2 per cent on Sunday, 11.5 per cent on Saturday and 16.5 per cent on Friday.

There has not been a consistent increase or decline in daily case rates over the last week.

Greater Toronto Area public health units account for 51.8 per cent of all cases in the province.

Fifty-eight outbreaks have been reported in long-term care homes.

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Breakdown of cases in Ontario by gender and age:

  • 2,422 cases are males — 46.1 per cent.
  • 2,810 cases are females — 53.3 per cent.
  • 129 cases are people 19 years of age or younger — 2.4 per cent.
  • 1,369 cases are people aged 20 to 39 — 25.9 per cent.
  • 1,851 cases are people aged 40 to 59 — 35.1 per cent.
  • 1,300 cases are people aged 60 to 79 — 24.6 per cent.
  • 624 cases are people 80 years of age or older — 11.8 per cent.

More to come.