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Ontario reports 583 new coronavirus cases with majority in Toronto, Ottawa

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Ontario is reporting 583 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 55,945.

Wednesday’s case count is an increase from Tuesday’s which saw 548 cases, but a decrease from Monday’s with 615.

According to Wednesday’s provincial report, 180 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 121 in Ottawa, 75 in York Region, 70 in Peel Region, 25 in Hamilton and 23 in Simcoe Muskoka.

All other public health units in Ontario reported 20 or fewer cases.

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Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province processed nearly 43,300 tests in the last 24 hours.

Roughly 1.3 per cent of Wednesday’s tests were positive for coronavirus.

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A total of 4,212,623 tests have been completed since the pandemic began. There is currently a backlog of 55,413 tests that need results.

Elliott also said 60 per cent of the cases are people under the age of 40.

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

  • 26,690 people are male — an increase of 280 cases.
  • 28,856 people are female — an increase of 291 cases.
  • 4,907 people are 19 and under — an increase of 105 cases.
  • 19,795 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 244 cases.
  • 15,844 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 141 cases.
  • 8,883 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 63 cases.
  • 6,507 people are 80 and over — an increase of 30 cases.

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

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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.

The death toll in the province has risen to 2,988 as one more death was reported.

Meanwhile, 47,613 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 85 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 707 from the previous day.

Ontario has 195 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 (up by three from the previous day), with 42 patients in an intensive care unit (up by two) and 28 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by two). All hospitalizations, overall, have increased over the last several weeks.

The newly reported numbers for Wednesday’s report are valid as of 2 p.m. Tuesday for Toronto, Ottawa and Middlesex-London public health units, and 4 p.m. Tuesday 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 722 school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario — 402 among students and 117 among staff (203 individuals were not identified). This is an increase of 111 more cases from the previous day.

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The COVID-19 cases are currently from 379 out of 4,828 schools in the province.

Two schools in Ontario are currently closed as a result of positive cases, the government indicated.

There have been a total of 210 confirmed cases within child care centres and homes — an increase of 23 more since the previous day.

Numbers for cases in schools and child care centres is updated weekdays only, at 10:30 a.m.

Ontario long-term care homes

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 1,876 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is an increase of one death from the previous day. Eight health-care workers and staff in long-term care homes have died.

There are 53 current outbreaks in homes, an increase of two.

The ministry also indicated there are currently 154 active cases among long-term care residents and 165 active cases among staff, up by 18 and zero cases respectively in the last day.

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