Coronavirus Canada updates: Ontario sees positive sign amid record testing

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The Ministry of Health reported 434 new cases in Ontario, increasing its total case count to 17,553.

Health officials tested a record-high 17,146 people in their latest 24-hour stretch, setting a positive test rate of 2.53 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 (2.50 per cent). On May 1, the province tested 16,532 people, leading to 421 positive diagnoses (2.54 per cent)

Along with the 434 new cases, Ontario recorded 40 more fatalities, raising its death toll to 1,216. That includes 12,005 people who have recovered, an increase of 615 since Saturday’s update, setting a recovery rate of 68.4 per cent in Ontario.

Ontario saw an increase of 33 people in its hospitals, to a total of 1,010, which includes 232 in intensive care (up by 11) and 174 people on ventilators (up by 20).

Since its last update, the Ministry of Health has administered 17,146 tests for a total of 327,505, while 9,785 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 170. There are 2719 residents diagnosed with COVID-19 (a decrease of 37) and 1594 staff members (an increase of 112). Forty-four more residents have died, for a total of 954 fatalities in LTCs.

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