Coronavirus Canada updates: Ontario reports fewest daily cases since March, but another reporting delay

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The Ministry of Health reported 415 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, but 223 of the cases “were impacted by a laboratory-to-public health reporting delay.”

That means 192 cases were identified in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch, which marks the fewest new cases reported since March 28.

On Monday, Ontario health officials announced that roughly 700 confirmed cases of COVID-19, dating back to April, were not flagged to public health officials due to a mixup between two hospitals.

According to CBC News, about 430 of the cases are expected to be added to Ontario’s count throughout the upcoming days. The majority of them are from Toronto, Peel Region and York Region.

On Saturday, Ontario first reported a “laboratory-to-public health reporting delay,” which was behind 68 of its 455 cases.

The most recent update on Sunday increases the province’s total to 30,617. The Ministry of Health was able to identify the new patients after completing 19,374 tests for COVID-19; it marks the fifth straight day that it’s hit its goal of 16,000.

Of its total cases, there are 24,252 people who have recovered from the respiratory virus, up by 305 since Saturday. Of its 3,939 active cases, there are 635 people in hospital (down by 38), which includes 117 in ICU and 92 who require a ventilator (down by five)

On Saturday, the Ministry of Health also recorded 19 more fatalities, increasing the death toll to 2,426.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 77 outbreaks in facilities across the province (down by six), where there are 884 active cases among residents (down by 39) and 664 among staff (down by 21). Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,719 residents (up by two) and seven staff who have passed away after contracting COVID-19.

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