Coronavirus Canada updates: Ontario’s active case count decreases for the first time in almost a week

Coronavirus Canada Updates: Nova Scotia reports 4 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday
Coronavirus Canada Updates: Nova Scotia reports 4 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday

Ontario reported 165 new cases, two deaths and 207 recoveries in its latest 24-hour stretch.

There are now 1,540 active cases in the province, a decrease of 44 since Tuesday.

The update comes after five straight days of watching Ontario’s active case count increase. On Tuesday, the province recorded 203 new cases, which marked the first time it had surpassed 200 cases since June 29.

Of the 165 newly-identified cases, 39 of them were reported in Windsor-Essex’s public health unit, 33 in Ottawa, 28 in Toronto and 25 in Peel. Sixty-six of the cases were among people 20-39 years old, which is the most of any age group.

The latest cases were identified after health officials completed 23,990 tests for COVID-19, which is below its current seven-day average of 25,896.

Throughout the pandemic, Ontario has identified 38,107 cases of COVID-19. That includes 33,812 recovered patients and 2,755 victims.

Of the 1,540 active cases that remain, there are 128 people in hospital (up by eight since Tuesday), which includes 37 in intensive care (up by one) and 19 people who require a ventilator (down by four).

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 16 outbreaks among facilities around the province. Twenty-five residents are infected (down by seven), while there remain 66 active cases among staff members.


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