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Ontario reports 251 new coronavirus cases, almost half in Toronto and Peel Region

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Ontario is reporting 251 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the provincial total to 45,068.

Tuesday’s case count is a significant decrease from Monday, which saw 313 cases.

According to the provincial report, 73 cases were recorded in Toronto and 42 in Peel Region, which is almost half of Tuesday’s case count. Ottawa recorded 51 new cases, another chunk of the total cases. Waterloo Region reported 11 new cases.

All other public health units in Ontario reported less than 10 cases.

“Locally, 24 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases with 14 reporting no new cases,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

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Elliott said nearly 28,000 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. A total of 3,369,802 tests have been completed since the pandemic began. There are currently 24,339 people awaiting test results.

The death toll in the province has risen to 2,820 as four more deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, 40,091 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 89 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 117 from the previous day.

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Here is a breakdown of the total cases in Ontario by gender and age:

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  • 21,197 people are male — an increase of 130 cases.
  • 23,555 people are female — an increase of 120 cases.
  • 3,224 people are 19 and under — an increase of 27 cases.
  • 14,585 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 116 cases.
  • 13,262 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 67 cases.
  • 7,835 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 33 cases.
  • 6,153 people are 80 and over — an increase of nine cases.

The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

The province also notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by the local public health unit on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available.

Ontario has 47 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 (unchanged from the previous day), with 19 patients in an intensive care unit (down by two) and 11 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by three).

The newly reported numbers for Tuesday’s report are valid as of 2 p.m. Monday for Toronto, Ottawa and Middlesex-London public health units, and 4 p.m. Monday for the rest of the province.

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Ontario child care centres and schools

Meanwhile, government figures show there have been a total of 29 school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario — nine among students and 14 among staff (six individuals were not identified). This is an increase of 14 more cases since the previous day.

The COVID-19 cases are from 27 out of 4,828 schools in the province. Affected schools are in Toronto, Oakville, Pickering, Mississauga, Brampton, Waterloo, Markham, Ottawa and Pembroke.

Zero schools are closed as a result of the positive cases, the government indicated.

There have been a total of 64 child care centres and homes with confirmed cases — an increase of six more cases since the previous day.

Ontario long-term care homes

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 1,853 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario. There are 18 current outbreaks in homes, which is up by one. Eight health-care workers and staff in long-term care homes have died.

The ministry also indicated there are currently 61 active cases among long-term care residents and 42 active cases among staff.

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