Number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario surpasses 1,000
TORONTO -- The number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario has surpassed 1,000.
Ontario health officials confirmed 151 more cases of the virus on Saturday, including one death, bringing the total numbers of patients infected in the province to 1,144.
The province has not released any information regarding the gender, ages, locations or means of transmission for the new patients.
“Information for all cases today is pending,” the government’s website says.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit confirmed the region's first COVID-19 death on Saturday. The patient was a man in his 70s who had returned from a trip to Portugal earlier this month.
More than 8,500 patients are still under investigation and more than 30,000 people have tested negative for the virus.
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“The exposure information in terms where these cases may have acquired the transmission is still missing in about 45 per cent of cases,” Ontario’s Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe told reporters on Saturday afternoon.
Yaffe said that of the 1,144 cases in which transmission is known, 29 per cent recently returned from out of the country.
Of those who had travelled, the United States is the top destination they came from,” she said. “The second most common destination was Europe.”
Ten per cent of the other cases were a close contact of a confirmed case and 16 per cent were acquired in the community.
“The exposure information in terms where these cases may have acquired the transmission is still missing in about 45 per cent of cases.
Yaffe said that 63 COVID-19 patients were in the Intensive Care Unit and 46 of those patients are on ventilators.
Nineteen people have died in Ontario due to COVID-19, but the province said that two of the cases have not been "lab confirmed."
Eight patients previously diagnosed with the illness have since recovered.
Toronto Public Health said on Saturday that as many as 55 of the new cases were from Toronto, with the city’s total case count rising to 512.
Saturday's provincial case count is a slight increase from Friday, when health officials confirmed 135 new cases of COVID-19, including three deaths.
Ontario reported 170 cases on Thursday, 100 on Wednesday, 85 on Tuesday and 78 on Monday.