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Ontario reporting 640 new cases of COVID-19 today

There have been more than 12,000 tests processed in a single day, according to Ontario Public Health
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Ontario Public Health has confirmed 640 new cases of COVID-19 today, another 407 recoveries, and 50 more deaths attributed to the virus.

According to the province’s daily report, there have been 12,295 tests processed since last reporting and there are another 5,414 tests awaiting results. Throughout the week, the province has reported anywhere from 9,330 to 12,295 tests processed in a day.

There have been 13,519 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Ontario since the start of the pandemic, and that includes 7,087 recoveries (52.4 per cent) and 763 deaths.

Community transmission now accounts for 34.4 per cent of Ontario’s total cases.

There are now 910 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, including 243 in intensive care and 193 patients on ventilators.

The breakdown in cumulative lab-confirmed cases in Ontario shows the highest number of confirmed cases (4,108 cases or 30.4 per cent) in people aged 40-59. The second highest (3,052 or 22.6 per cent) have been found in people aged 20-39. There have been 3,029 cases (22.4 per cent) in people aged 60-79 and the same number of cases in people aged 80 and over.

There are now 143 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes in the province, according to Ontario Public Health.

Data reported by the Ministry of Long-Term Care indicates there have been 2,287 residents confirmed positive for the virus and 573 have died - 105 of those deaths have reported in the last 24 hours.

Not all of the deaths reported by the Ministry of Long-Term Care have been included in the Ontario Public Health death toll reported today. The death of one personal support worker has been attributed to the virus.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed yesterday military support will be deployed to long-term care homes in Ontario.

Premier Doug Ford announced his mother-in-law has tested positive for the virus. She is a resident of a Toronto nursing home.

Ford vowed to make improvements to the province’s long-term care system.

Ford also announced he was extending emergency orders to May 6, but would not commit to cancelling the rest of the school year yet.

The emergency orders include closure of outdoor amenities, non-essential workplaces, public places, bars, and restaurants, restrictions on social gatherings, and restricting long-term care staff from working in more than one facility.

The pandemic emergency orders, which had been set to expire Thursday, will also now grant mental health and addictions agencies the ability to redeploy staff during the pandemic. Similar measures have been introduced for the health-care and long-term care sectors.

Yesterday Trudeau announced $1.1 billion in funding for a COVID-19 national research strategy. Of that, $115 million will fund research for a vaccine and $662 million will fund clinical trials. Additionally, $350 million will be allocated to expanding COVID-19 testing and modelling.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has confirmed a total of 233 cases in the Simcoe Muskoka region, including 116 recoveries, and 15 deaths.

The case breakdown by community (including those who have died or recovered) is as follows: Bradford W-G (62), Barrie (65), New Tecumseth (18), Orillia (11), Collingwood (7), Innisfil (15), Springwater (5), Midland (5), Wasaga Beach (6), Oro-Medonte (5), Adjala-Tosorontio (6), Clearview (2), Essa (3), Ramara (3), Tiny (2), Penetanguishene (2) for a total of 217 cases in Simcoe County.

There are also 16 confirmed positive cases in Muskoka.

In the region, there have been 77 cases attributed to community transmission, 51 to close contact, and 52 to travel.

The case rate (including lab-confirmed cases only) for Simcoe Muskoka region is 38.2 cases per 100,000 population. The provincial average is 90.9 cases per 100,000 population.

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