Coronavirus Canada updates: Ontario reports its fewest deaths in over a month, same amount of new cases and recoveries

Coronavirus Canada Updates: All B.C. health regions have received COVID-19 vaccine
Coronavirus Canada Updates: All B.C. health regions have received COVID-19 vaccine

The Ministry of Health reported 23 more COVID-19 related deaths, increasing Ontario’s death toll to 1,881. It’s the fewest fatalities the province has recorded in a 24-hour stretch since April 13, when it had 17.

Along with the new fatalities, the Ministry of Health reported 340 new cases of COVID-19, increasing Ontario’s total to 22,653. In its latest 24-hour stretch, it administered 16,217 tests for COVID-19 — leading to a 2.1 per cent positive test rate.

There are now 17,360 people who have recovered from the respiratory virus, an increase of 340 since Saturday’s update, setting a recovery rate of 76.6 per cent.

Ontario also saw a decrease of 41 in hospitalized patients for a total of 934, the fewest it has had since April 25. That includes 171 people in intensive care (down by nine), and 129 patients on ventilators (down by six), which marks a low since April 2 for both statistics.

Around Ontario, the dire COVID-19 situation in long-term care homes continues. There are three additional outbreaks in LTCs, increasing the total to 189, according to the Ministry of Health.

In those facilities, 1,631 staff members are currently infected with COVID-19 (a decrease of six), while among residents there are 2,500 infected (an increase of 10) and 1,388 who have passed away (an increase of 28). Five staff members have also died after contracting the virus.

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