A “small glitch” in Thursday’s Ontario COVID-19 statistics has been reported by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Health.
Eighty-seven cases were missed in yesterday’s update, when the province reported 258 new patients, which would have marked a six-week low. Instead, an increase of 345 should have been reported.
The 87 missed cases are included in today’s Ministry of Health update, which says there are 428 new cases. In reality, Ontario health officials recorded 341 new diagnoses in its latest 24-hour stretch.
Along with the new cases, the Ministry of Health reported 27 more victims, who passed away after contracting COVID-19, increasing Ontario’s death toll to 1825. There are now 16,641 people who have also recovered from the respiratory virus, an increase of 437 since Thursday’s update, setting a recovery rate of 75.4 per cent.
Ontario saw a decrease of 40 in hospitalized patients, for a total of 986. That includes 179 people in intensive care (down by five), which is the lowest mark Ontario has recorded since the province had 167 people in ICU on April 2. Among those patients are 135 who require a ventilator (down by six) the fewest since the province saw 112 on both April 2.
Since its last update, the Ministry of Health has administered a record-high 18,354 tests (leading to a 1.9 per cent positive test rate) for a total of 510,841, while 14,373 tests remain under investigation.
Around Ontario, the dire COVID-19 situation in long-term care homes continues, with the Ministry of Health reporting one new outbreaks, for a total of 186.
There are 1,647 staff members currently infected with COVID-19 (a decrease of 21), while among residents there are 2,429 infected (a decrease of 72) and 1,320 who have passed away (an increase of 12). Five staff members have also died after contracting the virus.