Ontario reports decrease in new COVID-19 cases while deaths slightly increase
TORONTO -- Ontario health officials have reported a decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases, but also a slight increase in the number of people who have died due to the disease.
Officials confirmed an additional 116 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday. This comes after 170 new cases were reported on Thursday, the highest number noted in more than a week.
On Friday, the province also reported that seven more people have died due to COVID-19. On Thursday, officials reported three more deaths associated with the disease. At the start of the week, the province had recorded zero deaths for the first time in months.
The recent infections bring Ontario’s total number of lab-confirmed cases of the disease to 36,464, including 2,710 deaths and 32,155 recoveries.
Where are the COVID-19 cases?
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said that 30 of the province’s 34 public health units have reported five or fewer new cases of the disease on Friday, with 17 of them reporting no new cases at all.
According to Friday's epidemiology report, 35 of the new cases were found in Peel Region, 14 were found in York Region, 23 were found in Toronto and 10 were found in Windsor-Essex, a region that has been grappling with outbreaks among migrant workers.
Of the new cases in Ontario, 86 are between the ages of 20 and 59. There are 14 patients who are 19 years old or younger and 17 patients who are over the age of 59.
The majority of total deaths to date have been reported in people over the age of 79. One person under the age of 19 who had COVID-19 has died in Ontario, but it is not clear if the death was caused by the disease or other health issues.
Eleven patients who died were between the ages of 20 and 39, while 110 were between the ages of 40 and 59, and 722 were between the ages of 60 and 79.
More than 1,800 people over the age of 80 have died of the disease, many of whom lived in long-term care homes.
As of Friday, there were 117 people in the hospital due to COVID-19. Thirty-four of those patients are in the intensive care unit and 24 of them are breathing with the assistance of ventilators.
COVID-19 testing in Ontario
In the last 24 hours, just over 27,000 COVID-19 tests were conducted by officials.
Ontario health officials have conducted more than 1.6 million tests for the disease since the pandemic was declared.
More than 25,000 tests are still under investigation.