Ontario reports 511 new coronavirus cases, 55 deaths as total cases top 17K

WATCH ABOVE: Ontario health officials provide an update on COVID-19 Saturday afternoon.

Ontario reported 511 new cases of the novel coronavirus Saturday morning, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 17,119.

Fifty-five new deaths were reported, bringing the total fatalities attributed to the virus in the province to 1,176.

Over 11,300 cases are considered resolved, which makes up 66.5 per cent of all confirmed cases.

More than 16,300 additional tests have been conducted, bringing the total number of tests completed in the province to 310,359. Under 13,000 cases are under investigation.

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The reported number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is 977 (down by 40), with 221 in intensive care (down by four) and 154 on a ventilator (down by 21). More than 11 per cent of cases in Ontario have resulted in hospitalization.

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Saturday’s report marks an increase in cases of 3.1 per cent compared to the day prior, while Friday saw an increase of 2.6 per cent.

The newly-reported numbers are valid as of 2 p.m. Saturday for Toronto and Ottawa, and 4 p.m. for the rest of the province.

Here is a breakdown of Ontario’s cases by age and gender:

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  • Under 42 per cent of cases are male, with 57.5 per cent reported in females. Under 160 cases did not specify male or female.
  • 19 and under: 405 cases, or 2.4 per cent
  • 20 to 39: 3,918 cases, or 22.9 per cent
  • 40 to 59: 5,169 cases, or 30.2 per cent
  • 60 to 79: 3,776 cases, or 22.1 per cent
  • 80 and over: 3,842 cases, or 22.4 per cent

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 910 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, an increase of 49. There are currently 167 outbreaks reported in the province’s long-term care homes.

The ministry also indicated there are 2,682 confirmed cases among long-term care residents and 1,541 cases among staff.

Ontario officials have said there may be a discrepancy between overall deaths and deaths at long-term care homes due to how the province’s health database system, called iPHIS, is tracking data and how the Ministry of Long-Term Care is tracking data.

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