Coronavirus Canada updates: Ontario reports its fewest case increase since late-March, surpasses 20,000 mark

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The Ministry of Health reported 294 new cases in Ontario, increasing its total case count to 20,238.

It’s the smallest number of daily cases the province has reported since March 31, and marks the second straight day that the Ministry of Health reported less than 400 cases.

The news comes amid Ontario completing 17,618 tests for COVID-19, it’s second highest total in a 24-hour stretch. The 1.66 per cent positive test rate is the lowest the Ministry of Health has recorded since March 17, when it tested 963 people, leading to 12 positive cases (setting a 1.2 per cent positive test rate).

Along with the 294 new cases, Ontario recorded 35 more fatalities, raising its death toll to 1,634. The province’s total case count (20,238) includes 14,772 people who have recovered, an increase of 330 since Saturday’s update, setting a recovery rate of 73 per cent in Ontario.

Ontario saw a decrease of 55 people in its hospitals, to a total of 961, which includes 195 people in ICU (down by eight) and 140 on ventilators (down by 18). The amount of people in ICU and on ventilators is the lowest Ontario has seen since April 3.

Since its last update, the Ministry of Health has administered 17,618 tests for a total of 433,994 while 17,618 people remain under investigation.

The dire COVID-19 situation in long-term care homes continues, but the Ministry of Long-Term Health reported three less outbreaks around the province, for a total of 172. There are now 2,727 residents diagnosed with COVID-19 (a decrease of 46) and 1,693 staff members (a decrease of 43 of 29). Forty-eight more residents have died, for a total of 1,235 fatalities among residents in LTCs.

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