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Number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario falls back under 200
People leave Sherway Gardens shopping mall during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Toronto and the GTA entered stage two of opening. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)
TORONTO -- Ontario health officials report that the number of new COVID-19 cases has, once again, fallen back to under 200.
An additional 157 new infections were confirmed on Tuesday, a sharp decline from the 257 new cases recorded Monday, mostly from the Windsor-Essex Region.
Before Monday, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Ontario remained under 200 for five days in a row with 178 infections reported on Sunday, 160 reported on Saturday and 111 on Friday.
“Locally, 27 of Ontario’s 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases with fully 22 of them reporting no new cases at all,” Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott announced said in a Tweet Tuesday. “Ninety-nine of today’s cases, or 63 per cent, are from Toronto, Peel and York.”
The health minister said that while 177 new cases were reported in the Windsor-Essex region on Monday due to extensive testing for temporary workers over the weekend, only 17 were reported in the area on Tuesday.
“While there are only 17 new cases reported in Windsor-Essex, testing of temporary workers is ongoing as we continue to implement our three-point plan to find and resolve outbreaks,” she said. “Increased testing in the region may identify additional cases in the coming days.”
The province also confirmed an additional seven COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the province to 2,672.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the province now stands at 35,068, with 30,344 of the cases now recovered, health officials said.
Of the 2,672 people who have died after contracting COVID-19, 11 were between the ages of 20 and 39, 104 were between the ages of 50 and 59, and 711 were between 60 and 79 years old.
Those over the age of 79 were the hardest hit demographic, with 1,845 deaths recorded.
At the same time, of the new COVID-19 cases confirmed on Sunday, the majority of patients were between the ages of 20 and 39.
Health officials say that 74 of the 157 COVID-19 positive patients were within that age group, while 34 were between the ages of 40 and 59. Only seven were over the age of 79.
Health officials say that 213 people are currently in the hospital with COVID-19, including 42 patients who are in the intensive care unit (ICU). Of the patients in the ICU, 34 are breathing with a ventilator.
COVID-19 testing in Ontario
In the last 24 hours, 23,759 COVID-19 tests were processed, a slight decrease from yesterday’s 27,127.
Officials have conducted more than 1.4 million tests since the pandemic was declared.
More than 19,000 test samples remain under investigation.