Ontario reports 987 new coronavirus cases, 16 more deaths

Ontario reported 987 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 79,692.

Wednesday’s case count is a decrease from Tuesday’s which saw 1,050 cases — a new single-day high ever recorded in Ontario. Active cases in Ontario now stand at 8,321.

According to Wednesday’s provincial report, 319 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 299 in Peel Region, 85 in York Region, 62 in Durham Region, 48 in Ottawa and 47 in Halton Region.

All other public health units in Ontario reported under 35 new cases.

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The death toll in the province rose to 3,182 as 16 more deaths were reported.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said nearly 28,600 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. The government has said it hoped to increase testing capacity to 50,000 per day by mid-October.

There is currently a backlog of 33,087 tests that need results. A total of 5,228,814 tests have been completed since the pandemic began.

The per cent positivity for processed tests and positive cases in Wednesday’s report was 3.5 per cent.

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

  • 38,434 people are male — an increase of 504 cases.
  • 40,862 people are female — an increase of 488 cases.
  • 8,490 people are 19 and under — an increase of 157 cases.
  • 28,806 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 322 cases.
  • 22,735 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 316 cases.
  • 11,898 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 133 cases.
  • 7,753 people are 80 and over — an increase of 59 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, 68,189 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 85 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 945 from the previous day.

Ontario has 367 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 (up by 10 from the previous day), with 75 patients in an intensive care unit (up by two) and 44 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by three). Hospitalizations have overall steadily increased over the last several weeks.

The newly reported numbers for Wednesday’s report are valid as of Tuesday afternoon.

More to come…

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