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New COVID-19 cases climb today as Ontario reports 525 new positive test results

The provincial average infection rate is now 1 in 1,000 people
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Ontario’s COVID-19 new case count grew faster than its recovery count today.

Ontario Public Health reported 525 new lab-confirmed cases today and 439 recoveries.

The province is also reporting another 59 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The new cases are up by 100 over yesterday’s report of 424 new cases, but testing is lower with 10,852 tests completed for this report and 12,550 completed for yesterday’s report.

There are 6,282 tests awaiting results.

There are now 957 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 239 in intensive care and 187 patients on ventilators.

The province has reported a total of 15,381 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and has completed 253,040 tests. There have been 8,964 recoveries and 951 deaths. Over the course of the pandemic, there have been 5,610 cases of community transmission, 3,028 close contact cases, and 1,353 cases attributed to travel. The remaining 5,390 case transmissions are listed as pending.

There have been a total of 1,736 hospitalized through the course of the pandemic.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care has reported 154 active outbreaks in Ontario long-term care homes and 2,491 cases in residents, of those 705 residents have died. There are 1,205 cases confirmed in long-term care staff.

The ministry also reports there are 34 outbreaks now resolved at long-term care facilities in the province.

Ontario Public Health reports there are now 55 outbreaks at hospitals, 180 cases reported among hospital patients, and 181 cases reported in hospital staff.

In total, there have been 259 residents of the Simcoe Muskoka Region confirmed positive for COVID-19. Of those, 137 have recovered, 70 are self-isolating, 28 are in isolation at a long-term care centre, eight people are hospitalized and 15 people have died.

The case breakdown by community (including those who have died or recovered) is as follows:

Bradford W-G (67 cases, 23 recoveries, 7 deaths), Barrie (76 cases, 39 recoveries, 2 deaths), New Tecumseth (18 cases, 14 recoveries), Orillia (12 cases, 8 recoveries, 2 deaths), Collingwood (7 cases, all recovered), Innisfil (19 cases, 6 recoveries), Springwater (5 cases, 4 recoveries), Midland (5 cases, 4 recoveries), Wasaga Beach (8 cases, 3 recoveries, 1 death), Oro-Medonte (5 cases, 2 recoveries, 1 death), Adjala-Tosorontio (6 cases, 3 recoveries), Clearview (2 cases, all recovered), Essa (5 cases, 2 recoveries), Ramara (2 cases, 2 recoveries), Tiny (2 cases, all recovered), Penetanguishene (2 cases, all recovered) for a total of 241 cases in Simcoe County, including 123 recoveries.

There are also 17 confirmed positive cases in Muskoka, and 14 have recovered.

In the region, there have been 88 cases attributed to community transmission, 63 to close contact, and 53 to travel.

The case rate (including lab-confirmed cases only) for Simcoe Muskoka region is 42.4 cases per 100,000 population. The provincial average is 103.5 cases per 100,000 population. This is the first time the provincial average has climbed above 100 cases per 100,000 people.


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Erika Engel

About the Author: Erika Engel

Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter and editor. She has 15 years of experience as a local journalist
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