Coronavirus Canada updates: Ford tests negative as Ontario’s active cases drop to a low

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Saskatchewan health officials announced that for the first time since June 7, the province has not identified a new COVID-19 patient in a 24-hour testing period. Saskatchewan labs completed 388 new tests for the virus, all of which came back negative. It’s the fewest tests its labs have administered in a day since June 9. Since the last time it reported no new cases, the province has seen its COVID-19 situation fluctuate. On July 7, it had its fewest active cases throughout the pandemic with 16. In July, Saskatchewan went through its worst stretch, which included a day where it recorded a record-high 60 daily cases. On July 28, the province had its most ever active cases with 322, as it dealt with outbreaks in communal living situations, which included Hutterite colonies. As of Tuesday, there are now 88 active cases in the province, since eight more people have recovered in Saskatchewan’s latest 24-hour stretch. One more person in their 70s has also died in the Central region, which increases the death toll to 23. On both Aug. 17 and Aug. 18, the province came very close to reporting no new cases. Health officials only reported one new case on both those days, despite completing 1,974 combined tests. Since then, the province has not recorded a double-digit increase to its total case count, as its active case count has also declined each day. On Aug. 24, the province dipped below 100 active cases for the first time since July 15. Of the 88 currently infected patients that remain in the province, 57 of them are among communal living settings. Four patients are currently in hospital
Saskatchewan health officials announced that for the first time since June 7, the province has not identified a new COVID-19 patient in a 24-hour testing period. Saskatchewan labs completed 388 new tests for the virus, all of which came back negative. It’s the fewest tests its labs have administered in a day since June 9. Since the last time it reported no new cases, the province has seen its COVID-19 situation fluctuate. On July 7, it had its fewest active cases throughout the pandemic with 16. In July, Saskatchewan went through its worst stretch, which included a day where it recorded a record-high 60 daily cases. On July 28, the province had its most ever active cases with 322, as it dealt with outbreaks in communal living situations, which included Hutterite colonies. As of Tuesday, there are now 88 active cases in the province, since eight more people have recovered in Saskatchewan’s latest 24-hour stretch. One more person in their 70s has also died in the Central region, which increases the death toll to 23. On both Aug. 17 and Aug. 18, the province came very close to reporting no new cases. Health officials only reported one new case on both those days, despite completing 1,974 combined tests. Since then, the province has not recorded a double-digit increase to its total case count, as its active case count has also declined each day. On Aug. 24, the province dipped below 100 active cases for the first time since July 15. Of the 88 currently infected patients that remain in the province, 57 of them are among communal living settings. Four patients are currently in hospital.

In its latest 24-hour stretch, Ontario health officials completed a record-high 24,341 tests for COVID-19.

It’s the closest the province has come to hitting its max capacity of 25,000 tests in a day. Throughout that process, Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott both tested negative for COVID-19, as the province identified 203 new patients.

The two Ontario officials were tested out of an “abundance of caution,” after being in close contact with Education Minister Stephen Lecce, who himself tested negative for the virus after being in contact with a COVID-19 patient.

For the first time since late-March, Ontario has now gone five straight days of recording less than 300 new daily cases of COVID-19.

Of its 31,544 total cases, there are 25,885 people who have recovered from the virus, an increase of 505 since Wednesday’s update. The Ministry of Health also reported 12 fatalities, increasing the death toll to 2,487. That means there are now 3,172 active cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, the fewest since April 8.

Of those who are currently infected, there are 538 people in hospital (down by 42), which includes 120 in intensive care (up by two) and 87 who require a ventilator.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 65 facilities that are currently experiencing outbreaks (down by three). Among those LTCs, there are 777 active cases among residents (down by 94) and 590 among staff (down by 40). Throughout the pandemic, 1,772 residents (up by six) and seven staff have died.

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