Ontario sees two days of fewer than 100 new COVID-19 cases after weekend spike
TORONTO -- Ontario logged fewer than 100 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and Tuesday following a spike in daily case counts earlier this long weekend.
Provincial health officials confirmed 88 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday and 91 new cases on Tuesday.
On Sunday, health officials reported 116 new cases, while 124 were reported on Saturday and 134 were reported on Friday.
Before that, on Wednesday and Thursday, officials had been reporting fewer than 100 new cases. This had marked the first time since the end of March where the province saw a daily case count below 100.
The province reported zero new deaths related to the disease on Monday, but reported four new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the province’s death toll up to 2,782.
The total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario now stands at 39,628, including deaths and 35,601 recoveries.
The majority of Monday’s and Tuesday’s COVID-19 patients are between the ages of 20 and 59.
On Monday, 23 of the patients were under the age of 20 while eight were over the age of 60. On Tuesday, 26 of the patients were under the age of 20 while 12 are over the age of 60.
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 Tuesday, with 16 of them reporting no new cases at all.
Of the new cases reported on Tuesday, 16 of the new cases were found in Peel Region, 22 were found in Toronto, and nine were found in Windsor-Essex, a region that has grappled with outbreaks among migrant workers.
On Monday, 10 of the new cases were found in Peel Region, 10 were found in Toronto, and nine were found in Windsor-Essex.
Other regions reporting more than nine novel coronavirus patients on Tuesday included Chatham-Kent (9). On Monday, Durham Region (9), Lambton Public Health (11) and Southwestern Public Health (11) reported cases numbers over nine.
Both Peel Region and Toronto moved to Stage 3 of the province’s economic reopening plan on Friday.
Windsor-Essex is the only region in Ontario that has remained in Stage 2.
There are 78 people currently being treated for COVID-19 in a hospital. Of those patients, 28 are in the intensive care unit and 15 are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.
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 19,000 tests were conducted.
As of 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 9,285 test samples are still under investigation.