Ontario reports 625 new coronavirus cases as province continues on upward trend

Ontario is reporting 625 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 51,710.

According to Wednesday’s provincial report, 288 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 97 in Peel Region, 64 in Ottawa, 41 in York Region, 22 in Halton Region and 25 in Durham Region.

All other public health units in Ontario reported 15 or fewer cases.

Latest modelling numbers released by health officials Wednesday indicate the province could see upwards of 1,000 cases a day in October.

Read more: Latest COVID-19 modelling suggests Ontario could see around 1,000 cases a day in October

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 35,800 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. A total of 3,923,465 tests have been completed since the pandemic began. There is currently a backlog of 67,126 tests that need results.

Around 1.7 per cent of Wednesday’s processed tests were positive for coronavirus.

Elliott also said 62 per cent of the cases are people under the age of 40.

Here is a breakdown of the total cases in Ontario by gender and age:

  • 24,596 people are male — an increase of 321 cases.
  • 26,742 people are female — an increase of 302 cases.
  • 4,259 people are 19 and under — an increase of 94 cases.
  • 17,876 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 294 cases.
  • 14,801 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 169 cases.
  • 8,466 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 56 cases.
  • 6,301 people are 80 and over — an increase of 13 cases.

The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

The province also notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by the local public health unit on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available.

Meanwhile, 43,907 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 85 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 457 from the previous day.

The death toll in the province has risen to 2,848 as four more death were reported. The deaths increased by two in the 60 to 79 age group and by two in the 80 and over age group. Deaths have remained in single digits over the last three months.

The newly reported numbers for Wednesday’s report are valid as of 2 p.m. Tuesday for Toronto, Ottawa and Middlesex-London public health units, and 4 p.m. Tuesday for the rest of the province.

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