Coronavirus Canada updates: Ontario performs record-high COVID-19 testing

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In its latest 24-hour stretch, the Ministry of Health completed its most ever tests with 22,730.

It’s the third straight day that Ontario has reached its goal of 16,000 and it’s the closest the province has come to hitting its maximum capacity of 25,000.

Over the past few weeks, Premier Doug Ford has opened testing to anyone in the province, while “targeted campaigns” have investigated employees in key, high-risk sectors such as agri-food, auto and retail industries. The premier made the recent decisions after Ontario continuously failed to meet its testing goals.

Among the 22,730 recent tests, the province identified 344 new cases, for a total of 29,747. Fifteen more fatalities were also reported, increasing the death toll to 2,372.

There are now 23,583 people who have recovered from COVID-19 in Ontario, an increase of 375 since Thursday. Among its active cases, there are 749 in hospital (down by 27), which includes 118 in ICU (down by three), while there remains 94 on ventilators.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 85 outbreaks in facilities across the province (down by four), where there are 969 active cases among residents (down by one) and 732 among staff (down by 73). Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,692 residents (up by 13) and seven staff who have passed away after contracting COVID-19.

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