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Ontario confirms 704 new COVID cases today

There are 6,047 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province
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Public Health Ontario is reporting 704 new COVID-19 cases, 607 recoveries, and four deaths this morning. 

According to the province's epidemiological summary today, the four deaths include two people between 60 and 79 years old and two people over the age of 80 years old. None of the deaths reported today were identified as residents of long-term care homes. 

There are 6,047 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. The province reported 26 more hospitalizations (two in intensive care) since yesterday's report. There are at least 252 patients hospitalized with the coronavirus and 69 COVID patients in intensive care, 40 of which are on ventilators.

Some hospitals (30) do not update COVID patient numbers on the weekend, so any corrections to the number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus will be included in tomorrow's update.

Fifty-four per cent of the cases reported today are individuals under the age of 40. Based on a breakdown of the new cases provided by Public Health Ontario, 244 are from Toronto, 168 are from Peel, 103 are from York Region, and 51 are from Ottawa. 

The province confirmed 74 more school-related cases since the last report on Friday, Oct. 16. The cases include 48 student cases, 10 staff cases, and 16 unidentified cases. There have been 749 school-related cases reported in the last two weeks and a cumulative total of 1,312 school-related cases spread across 483 schools, which is 10 per cent of all schools in Ontario. There are four schools closed. 

Public Health Ontario confirmed 10 cases of COVID at child care centres and homes, six of which are child cases. Three centres and 10 homes have closed because of COVID-19 cases since Friday. There have been 302 child-care cases confirmed to-date by the province. 

 The province reported 31,864 more COVID tests have been processed since Sunday's report, and another 16,303 COVID tests are awaiting results. 

To date, Public Health Ontario has reported 65,075 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 55,978 of those cases now resolved and 3,050 cases ending in death.

The average incidence rate of COVID-19 in Ontario is 437.8 cases per 100,000 people.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported a total of 1,108 cases of COVID-19, with 1,037 of those in Simcoe County. There were 932 cases listed as recovered as of Friday. There are 137 active cases in the region, and five people are currently hospitalized The health unit has recorded 43 deaths.

The incidence rate for Simcoe-Muskoka region is 186 cases per 100,000 people.

Case breakdown from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit by municipality for Simcoe County as of Oct. 15

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Incidence rate*
Barrie 364 322 14   Oct. 15 244
Bradford W-G 200 161 12   Oct. 15 465
New Tecumseth 171 115 7 1 Oct. 15 413
Innisfil 78 70   2 Oct. 15 191
Orillia 26 21 2 1 Oct. 15 78
Collingwood 19 19     Oct. 13 79
Wasaga Beach 25 24 1   Oct. 14 109
Clearview 12 11 1   Oct. 1 81
Springwater 20 18 1   Oct. 14 95
Midland 12 12     July 24 67
Oro-Medonte 13 9 2   Oct. 14 56
Adjala-Tosorontio 13 11     Oct. 13 112
Essa 31 24 1 1 Oct. 14 130
Ramara 13 13     Sept. 8 125
Tiny 7 7     Aug. 28 not released
Tay 12 10     Oct. 8 108
Penetanguishene 14 10 1   Oct. 15 144
Severn 7 7     Sept. 29 not released

*Incidence rate is number of cases per 100,000 people in the local population.

**Total cases includes the number of cases currently recovering at home as well as any that have recovered, died, or are in hospital.

Erika Engel

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