TORONTO -- Ontario has recorded fewer than 100 new cases of COVID-19 for the sixth straight day.

Provincial health officials confirmed 70 additional cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday after 88 new cases were logged on Friday.

On July 29, the province recorded fewer than 100 new cases of the disease for the first time since the end of March. After a three-day uptick, the case count has continued to fall below the 100 mark for the past six days. 

Health officials also reported on Saturday that one more person has died due to COVID-19 in Ontario.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario now stands at 39,967, including 2,784 deaths and 36,131 recoveries.

There are currently 53 patients infected with the disease in Ontario hospitals. Of those patients, 27 are being treated in the intensive care unit and 12 of those are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.

Where are the new COVID-19 cases?

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said that 29 of the province’s 34 public health units have reported five or fewer new cases of the disease on Saturday, with 15 of them reporting no new cases at all.

On Saturday, Ottawa and Peel Region reported 13 new cases, Toronto reported one new case, and Windsor-Essex reported three new cases.

Other regions reporting more than five cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday included Chatham-Kent (9) and Niagara Region (6).

All of Ontario, except Windsor-Essex, has moved onto Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan.

COVID-19 testing in Ontario

More than 2.3 million COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Ontario since the virus reached Ontario in late January.

In the last 24 hours, a little more than 26,000 tests were conducted.

As of 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, 26,273 test samples are still under investigation.