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Ontario confirms 166 new COVID cases today

This is the highest number of cases reported in a single day for the month of July
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Public Health Ontario has confirmed 166 new COVID-19 cases today, which is the highest daily increase this month. The province reported 165 new cases on July 3, and 257 new cases on June 29.

With 132 recoveries and two deaths also reported today, the number of active cases in Ontario rises slightly to 1,398 compared to 1,366 yesterday. 

The two deaths reported today were individuals between the ages of 40 and 59.

Of the 166 cases reported today, 47 are from Toronto Public Health Unit and another 47 are from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. Ottawa Public Health also reported 19 new cases today and Peel Public Health reported 13 cases. The remainder of the health units in Ontario reported between zero and nine new cases today, according to the Ontario epidemiological report released this morning.

More than 50 per cent (89 cases) of today's reported cases are people between the ages of 20 and 39. There were 23 new cases reported in individuals over the age of 60. 

The province has confirmed a total of 37,440 COVID cases since the start of the pandemic, with 33,294 now reported recovered (88.9 per cent) and 2,748 reported deaths.

Public Health Ontario has reported a total of 846 new coronavirus cases this week.

Last week the province reported 938 new cases of COVID-19, which was the first week new cases dropped below 1,000 since March. 

For the week of June 28 to July 4, the province reported 1,180 cases. The week before that (June 21-27) there were 1,175 new cases reported in Ontario. The biggest increase in a week was April 19-25 when there were 3,985 cases reported with a record 640 new cases reported on April 24.

There were 28,849 more COVID-19 tests processed since the last Ontario report, bringing the total number of tests completed in Ontario to 1,839,332.

There are now 105 people hospitalized with the virus, including 33 people in intensive care units and 22 patients on ventilators.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported 628 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region to date, with 597 of those reported in Simcoe County.

Yesterday the health unit posted its largest increase this month with nine new cases, eight of which were Barrie residents. 

Thirty-six people have died in Simcoe County and Muskoka and the health unit has reported 561 recoveries. The incidence rate for Simcoe-Muskoka region is 103.6 cases per 100,000 people in the population. 

There are 30 active cases of COVID-19 in Simcoe County including three people hospitalized, according to the health unit's July 17 epidemiological report. 

Case breakdown by municipality for Simcoe County as of July 17

Municipality  Total cases   Recoveries   Deaths   In Hospital   Last case reported   Incidence rate* 
Barrie 193 166 14   July 17 123.9
Bradford W-G 124 110 12   July 14 288.6
New Tecumseth 80 75 1 1 July 3 193.1
Innisfil 52 48   1 July 14 127.6
Orillia 17 15 2   June 23 50.8
Collingwood 15 15     May 19 62.5
Wasaga Beach 15 14 1   June 19 65.2
Clearview 8 7 1   June 15 not released
Springwater 14 13 1   July 9 61.9
Midland 10 7   1 July 16 not released
Oro-Medonte 8 5 2   July 17 not released
Adjala-Tosorontio 9 9     June 16 77.2
Essa 16 15 1   July 2 66.9
Ramara 10 10     June 23 96.3
Tiny 6 4     July 16 not released
Tay 8 8     June 29 not released
Penetanguishene 7 6     July 15 not released
Severn 5 5     June 23 not released

*Incidence rate is number of cases per 100,000 people in the local population.

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