Ontario confirms 426 more cases of COVID-19; provincial total surpasses 2,000
TORONTO -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario has surpassed 2,000.
On Wednesday, provincial health officials announced 426 more cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of infected patients in Ontario to 2,392.
The new patients were announced as the province stated that an additional 3,135 people are currently under investigation for the virus.
There have been 37 deaths linked to COVID-19 confirmed by Ontario health officials.
However, as of 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 68 deaths linked to the virus have been reported across the province’s 34 public health units.
The province has attributed this discrepancy to information not being accurately implemented into their database.
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Currently, there are 332 patients in hospital for the novel coronavirus in the province. Of those 332 patients, 145 of them are in an intensive care unit and of those 145 patients, 98 of them remain on ventilators to assist with breathing.
Quick facts regarding all COVID-19 patients from Ontario health officials
- 11.3 per cent of all patients have been hospitalized at one point
- 3.8 per cent of all patients received treatment in an intensive care unit
- 12 outbreaks have been reported in long-term care homes in the province
- 49.7 per cent of all patients in the province are male and 49.7 per cent are female – 14 cases did not specify male or female gender
- Median age of all patients is 50 – the ages of three cases are not known
- 2.3 per cent of all patients are 19 years of age or younger
- 30.3 per cent of all patients are between the ages of 20 and 39
- 35.5 per cent of all patients are between the ages of 40 and 59
- 25.4 per cent of all patients are between the ages of 60 and 79
- 6.4 per cent of all patients are 80 years of age or older
- Public health units in the Greater Toronto Area account for 56 per cent of all cases in the province
- 23.7 per cent of all patients had travelled in the 14 days prior to becoming ill
- 10.6 per cent of all patients had close contact with a previously confirmed case
- 16.1 per cent of all patients did not report travel or close contact as a means of transmission
- 49.5 per cent of all patients had exposure information listed as pending
What to do if you think you have symptoms of COVID-19
The number of resolved cases in the province sits at 689. To date, more than 57,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the province.
There are no specific treatments for the virus and there is no vaccine that protects against it.
Symptoms of the virus, which can include fever, cough and shortness of breath, are similar to other respiratory infections.
The Ontario government’s website advises those experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus to contact their primary health care provider or Telehealth Ontario.