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Ontario reports lowest case count in over a month, and conducted over 17,000 tests


TORONTO, ON., May 10, 2020 — On Sunday, the province of Ontario reported only 294 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, which is even lower than the 346 reported yesterday after conducting over 19 thousand tests. Today’s number is the lowest since March 31 when 260 cases were reported but that was when the province was only testing a few thousand as opposed to the 17,817 tests conducted yesterday.

Sadly, the province also reported 35 more deaths, although that was 24 fewer than the previous day’s death toll, and the numbers are coming down somewhat. 1,146 of the 1,634 deaths have occurred in people over the age of 80 with an additional 411 deaths in the 60-79 age category. While 77 people aged 20-59 have also lost their lives due to the COVID-19 virus.

Ontario’s total case count including recoveries has now eclipsed 20,000 with a total of 20,238 reported cases of the virus while the total number of Ontarians who have lost their lives to COVID-19 is now 1,634. There have been 14,772 recoveries with 1,203 reported yesterday.

The number of COVID-19 cases for the past seven days are 434, 370, 387, 412, 399, 477, 346 and 294 respectively, whereas last week the province was reporting between 500 and 640 cases.

Long-term care homes have been hardest hit

The total number of active cases in the care and retirement homes is 2,885 along with 1,521 staff members. A total of 239 outbreaks, two more than yesterday have been reported in long-term care homes along with more than 1,235 deaths.

Hospitals have also reported 293 staff cases of COVID-19 which is two more since yesterday. Thankfully, there were zero deaths among hospital staff yesterday so the death toll for hospital staff remains at 47. There now have been 70 outbreaks in Ontario hospitals, which is the same as yesterday.

According to hospital stats provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health from May 9 as of 4 pm, the number of actively hospitalized patients in Ontario due to the coronavirus is 961, which is an while, the total number of patients currently in Intensive Care is 195. Also of note, 3,346 of the total 20,238 cases are healthcare workers.

Ontario daily COVID-19 case counts past 18 days

If you take a look at the numbers over the past 14 days you will see that the average keeps coming down as this past week has seen an average of 383 new cases a day while the previous 7 days, the daily average was 445. So the case counts are noticeably dropping at this point with increased testing, meaning that is a doubly good sign that the spread of the virus is slowing.

Ontario COVID -19 case counts since April 20, 2020

April 20 – 606, April 21 – 551, April 22 – 510, April 23 – 634, April 24 – 640, April 25 – 476, April 26 – 437, April 27 – 424, April 28 – 525, April 29 – 347, April 30 – 459, May 1 – 421, May 2 – 511, May 3 – 434, May 4 – 370, May 5 – 387, May 6 – 412, May 7 – 399, May 8 – 477, May 9 – 346, May 10 – 294

Greater Toronto Area and Toronto COVID-19 case numbers

Greater Toronto Area public health units now account for 61.7% of cases while 12.5% of those people are hospitalized. Toronto has reported 7,413 cases, while there are 2,861 in Peel, 514 in Halton, 1,152 in Durham, and 1,838 in York.

In Toronto there have been 578 COVID-19 related deaths reported, which has increased by 11 since yesterday along with 5,192 recoveries. There have also been 124 COVID-19 outbreaks within institutions, four up from yesterday.

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