Ontario reports 346 new coronavirus cases marking lowest increase in over a month

Ontario reported 346 new cases of the novel coronavirus Saturday morning, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 19,944.

It’s the lowest reported increase in cases since April 6, when 306 cases were announced. On April 29, 347 cases were reported.

Fifty-nine new deaths were also announced on Saturday, bringing the total fatalities attributed to the virus in the province to 1,599.

Nearly 14,400 cases are considered resolved, which makes up 72.1 per cent of all confirmed cases.

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More than 19,200 additional tests have been conducted, bringing the total number completed in the province to 416,376. Over 15,300 cases are under investigation.

The reported number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is 1,016 (a decrease of 12) with 203 in intensive care (a decrease of 10) and 158 on a ventilator (a decrease of 8). Over 12 per cent of all cases have resulted in hospitalization.

Saturday’s report marks a 1.8 per cent increase in cumulative cases, while Friday saw an increase of 2.5 per cent.

The newly-reported numbers are valid as of 2 p.m. Saturday for Toronto and Ottawa, 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:

  • Forty-two per cent of cases are male, with 57.2 per cent reported in females. A total of 155 cases did not specify male or female.
  • 19 and under: 516 cases, or 2.6 per cent
  • 20 to 39: 4,692 cases, or 23.5 per cent
  • 40 to 59: 6,079 cases, or 30.5 per cent
  • 60 to 79: 4,310 cases, or 21.6 per cent
  • 80 and over: 4,333 cases, or 21.7 per cent

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 1,187 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, an increase of 37. There are currently 175 outbreaks in long-term care homes.

The ministry also indicated there are 2,773 confirmed cases among long-term care residents and 1,736 cases among staff.

Ontario officials have said there may be a discrepancy between overall deaths and deaths at long-term care homes due to how the province’s health database system, called iPHIS, is tracking data and how the Ministry of Long-Term Care is tracking data.

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