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COVID outbreaks increase in Ontario, but cases decreasing

COVID-19 has been the cause of, or a contributing factor, in the deaths of 13,378 people in Ontario since the pandemic began

Though most of the indicators the province uses to monitor COVID-19 in Ontario show a downward trend, the number of outbreaks in high-risk settings is up this week with an increase to 61 compared to 42 outbreaks last week. The increased outbreaks are in congregate care and congregate living settings, excluding shelters and correctional facilities. 

For the eighth week in a row, test-confirmed COVID cases have declined in Ontario. There were 4,350 new cases confirmed for the week ending June 21, compared to 5,050 cases confirmed last week. 

There were 62,355 tests processed this week, resulting in a 6.8 per cent positivity rate. 

During the week of June 12-18, there were between 12 and 30 new hospitalizations per day. 

There are 486 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 96 patients in intensive care units because of COVID and 42 COVID patients on a ventilator. 

In the latest update, published this week, there were eight deaths added to the total number of fatal cases in Ontario. 

During the week of June 5-11, there were between two and seven deaths per day. There were between three and 12 deaths per day for the week of May 29 to June 5.

Since the pandemic was declared in March 2020, Ontario has confirmed 1,319,977 cases of COVID-19, with 1,299,308 recoveries and 13,378 people have died. 

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