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Ontario reports 57 deaths and 525 recoveries in COVID-19 update this morning

There were 424 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported this morning
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The number of recoveries reported by Ontario Public Health today again exceeds the number of new cases as it did yesterday. 

There were, however, 54 new deaths reported attributed to COVID-19, bringing the province’s death toll close to 900. Of those deaths, 17 were residents at long-term care facilities.

The province is reporting 525 new recoveries in today’s report, and 424 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

However, the province will list a case as recovered after 14 days has passed since the reported symptom onset date. It is possible some people are still experiencing symptoms and remain in self-isolating past the 14-day period.

Five people under the age of 40 have died from the virus, and another 39 people between the ages of 40 and 59. There have been 241 deaths reported in people aged 60-79 and another 607 deaths reported in people aged 80 and over.

There are now 945 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, including 241 in intensive care and 191 on ventilators. 

In total, there have been 14,856 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 8,525 recoveries (57.4 per cent) and 892 deaths (6 per cent). 

On Saturday, labs in Ontario processed 12,550 tests, and there are another 5,001 tests still awaiting results. 

Ontario Public Health is reporting 170 outbreaks at long-term care homes, with 2,346 confirmed cases in residents, 1,101 confirmed cases in staff and 497 deaths. There have been 54 outbreaks reported at Ontario hospitals.

However, those numbers lag behind the statistics reported by the Ministry of Long-Term care. 

The ministry is reporting 150 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 2,523 cases in residents, 1,187 cases in staff and 671 deaths of residents. Not all of the deaths reported by the ministry have been included in the province’s total death toll. 

There are now four outbreaks declared at long-term care facilities in Simcoe County, including three in Barrie (IOOF, Owen Hill, and Woods Park) and one in Bradford (Bradford Valley). So far, the ministry reports there have been 20 residents confirmed positive for the virus and seven have died. No residents have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 at any of the Barrie homes currently in outbreak. 

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has confirmed a total of 237 cases in the Simcoe Muskoka region, including 124 recoveries, and 15 deaths as of the last update on Friday, April 24. The health unit will be providing an update today at 3:30 p.m. 

Ontario Public Health reported there are at least 251 cases in Simcoe Muskoka region.

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

Bradford W-G (62 cases, 19 recoveries, 7 deaths), Barrie (67 cases, 33 recoveries, 2 deaths), New Tecumseth (18 cases, 14 recoveries), Orillia (12 cases, 8 recoveries, 2 deaths), Collingwood (7 cases, all recovered), Innisfil (16 cases, 5 recoveries), Springwater (5 cases, 4 recoveries), Midland (5 cases, 4 recoveries), Wasaga Beach (6 cases, 3 recoveries, 1 death), Oro-Medonte (5 cases, 2 recoveries, 1 death), Adjala-Tosorontio (6 cases, 2 recoveries), Clearview (2 cases, all recovered), Essa (3 cases, 2 recoveries), Ramara (3 cases, 2 recoveries), Tiny (2 cases, all recovered), Penetanguishene (2 cases, 1 recovery) for a total of 221 cases in Simcoe County, including 110 recoveries.

There are also 16 confirmed positive cases in Muskoka, and 14 have recovered.

In the region, there have been 81 cases attributed to community transmission, 54 to close contact, and 53 to travel.

The case rate (including lab-confirmed cases only) for Simcoe Muskoka region is 41.9 cases per 100,000 population. The provincial average is 99.9 cases per 100,000 population.


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Erika Engel

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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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