Ontario reports 653 coronavirus cases after record number of tests completed

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WATCH ABOVE: Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced new restrictions for the Ottawa, Toronto and Peel region, after the province saw a record-high daily spike in new COVID-19 cases. – Oct 2, 2020

Ontario reported 653 cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 53,633.

“Locally, there are 284 new cases in Toronto, 104 in Peel and 97 in Ottawa,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.

“Sixty-four per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40. There are 435 more resolved cases,” Elliott said.

“Due to a data review at [Toronto Public Health], a number of cases and deaths that occurred in the spring or summer are being reported today,” she added.
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In a statement sent to Global News, Toronto Public Health said nine of the cases reported Saturday are from the spring or summer, meaning a total of 644 cases are recent.

Read more: New public health measures in effect in Ontario’s coronavirus hot spots

Elliott also said the province completed nearly 46,300 additional tests, which is a single-day record. Ontario has now completed a total of 4,049,458 tests. However, 91,322 remain under investigation.

Meanwhile, 45,285 cases are considered resolved, which is just over 84 per cent of all confirmed cases.

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A total of 41 deaths were reported on Saturday, 37 of which are from the spring or summer and part of the data remediation. The provincial death toll now stands at 2,968.

There are 155 people hospitalized with the virus (down by 12), with 41 in intensive care (up by three) and 23 on ventilators (up by two).

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

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

  • 25,565 people are male
  • 27,701 people are female
  • 4,539 people are 19 and under
  • 18,769 people are 20 to 39
  • 15,257 people are 40 to 59
  • 8,653 people are 60 to 79
  • 6,404 people are 80 and over

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.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 1,872 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is an increase of two compared to Friday. There are currently 45 outbreaks in long-term care homes, which is up by one.

There are 115 active cases among long-term care residents and 135 among staff.

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