Ontario records slight dip in COVID-19 patients, surpasses 100 cases for third day
TORONTO -- Ontario recorded a slight dip in COVID-19 cases on Sunday, but the number of new patients remains above 100.
Health officials confirmed another 116 cases of novel coronavirus, a small decrease from Saturday’s 124 patients. One additional death was also reported.
This will be the third day in a row that the province has recorded more than 100 new daily cases of the disease since dipping into the double digits on Wednesday and Thursday.
Sunday’s patients bring the total number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ontario to 39,449, including 2,778 deaths and 35,359 recoveries.
The majority of new infections are being found in people between the ages of 20 and 39. According to the province’s epidemiology report, 46 of Sunday’s cases were found within that demographic. Twenty-nine cases were in people between the ages of 40 and 59, while 26 were in those under the age of 20.
Thirteen patients were over the age of 60.
There are currently 72 people in hospital being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 26 are in the intensive care unit and 14 are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.
“Hospitalizations ICU admissions and on ventilated patients all remain largely stable today,” Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a social media post.
Elliott also said that there will be no new numbers released on Monday due to the holiday.
“Ontario, please enjoy a safe and healthy long weekend. Tomorrow's numbers will be posted on Tuesday.”
Where are Ontario’s COVID-19 cases?
Twenty-seven of the province’s 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer COVID-19 cases, while 16 are reporting no new cases.
Of the new cases reported Sunday, 20 were in York Region, while 14 were in Peel, four were in Durham and nine were in Toronto.
Windsor-Essex, the only region still in Stage 2 of the province’s economic reopening plan, recorded 13 new COVID-19 cases.
Other regions reporting more than 10 novel coronavirus patients include Ottawa (16) and Chatham-Kent (14).
COVID-19 testing in Ontario
More than 2.2 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 30,000 tests were conducted.
As of 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, 17,839 test samples are still under investigation.