Ontario reports 121 new coronavirus cases marking lowest increase in over a week

Ontario reported 121 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the provincial total to 35,656.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 21 of the cases are a result of targeted testing among temporary workers in the Windsor-Essex area.

“With 174 more resolved, there are 53 fewer active cases in the province,” she added.

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“Locally, 29 of Ontario’s 34 [health units] are reporting five or fewer cases, with 16 of them reporting no new cases. Having processed over 21,000 tests yesterday, our positivity rate remains at all-time lows.”

Twenty-seven cases were reported in Toronto and 23 in Peel Region.

Saturday’s update marks the lowest increase in cases since June 26.

Five new deaths were also announced, bringing the total fatalities attributed to the virus in the province to 2,687.

A total of 31,083 cases are considered resolved, which makes up 87.2 per cent of all confirmed cases.

The reported number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is 150 (down by five), with 39 in intensive care (down by one) and 26 on a ventilator (up by one).

The newly-reported numbers are valid as of 2 p.m. Friday for Toronto, Ottawa, and London and 4 p.m. for the rest of the province.

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Here is a breakdown of Ontario’s cases by age and gender:

  • 16,346 people are male
  • 19,029 people are female
  • 1,752 people are 19 and under
  • 10,422 people are 20 to 39
  • 10,831 people are 40 to 59
  • 6,733 people are 60 to 79
  • 5,910 people are 80 and over

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 1,821 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, an increase of four. There are currently 36 outbreaks in long-term care homes, a decrease of eight.

There are 165 active cases among long-term care residents and 263 among staff.

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