The Ministry of Health reported 421 new cases in Ontario, increasing its total case count to 16,608.
Health officials tested a record-high 16,532 people in their latest 24-hour stretch, setting a positive test rate of 2.5 per cent. It’s the smallest percentage they’ve seen since March 22, when the province tested 1,914 people, leading to 48 positive diagnoses.
Along with the 421 new cases, Ontario recorded 39 more fatalities, raising its death toll to 1,121. That includes 10,825 people who had their diagnoses resolved, an increase of 620 since Wednesday’s update, setting a recovery rate of 65.2 per cent in Ontario.
There are now 1,017 people in hospital (an increase of 18), including 225 in intensive care (a decrease of eight), while 175 patients are on ventilators (a decrease of six).
As of their last update, the Ministry of Health has completed 294,054 tests for COVID-19, while 11,975 people remain under investigation.
The dire COVID-19 situation in long-term care homes continues, with the Ministry of Long-Term Care announcing three new outbreaks in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 166. There are 2,722 residents diagnosed with COVID-19 (up by 108) and 1,482 staff members (an increase of 52). Twenty-six residents have died, for a total of 861 fatalities in LTCs.