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Ontario reports 404 new cases of COVID-19 today

Both the increase in cases, and number of tests completed are the lowest reported in five days
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Public Health Ontario is reporting 404 new cases of COVID-19 today, which is an increase of 1.6 per cent to the province’s cumulative total of cases.

This is the lowest daily case increase reported by the province in the last five days, but testing is also down with a reported 8,170 tests completed since the last report by the province’s public health agency.

From May 18 to today, daily testing has ranged from 5,813 to 11,383. In previous weeks, there were up to 18,000 tests processed in a single day.

Public Health Ontario is reporting 29 deaths attributed to COVID-19 today, including two people between the ages of 40 and 59, give people between the ages of 60 and 79, and 22 people over the age of 80.

Since yesterday’s, there have been 491 new recoveries reported.

Anyone whose symptom onset date occurred 14 days ago and who is not hospitalized is considered recovered for the purposes of the daily update. Those people who are reported as recovered may still be experiencing symptoms with varying severity.

There are currently 859 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 148 people in intensive care units and 114 patients on ventilators.

Since the start of the pandemic, Public Health Ontario has reported 25,904 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 19,968 recoveries reported (76 per cent), and 2,102 people have died (8.1 per cent).

The Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care reported today there are 159 active outbreaks at long-term care homes in the province, including 1,926 active cases in residents and 1,395 active cases in staff. The ministry has reported 1,531 deaths of residents and six staff deaths attributed to the coronavirus.

Public Health Ontario has reported 1,323 resident deaths and four staff deaths. The reports by public health lag behind those from the ministry.

Public Health Ontario also reports 81 active outbreaks in retirement homes and 52 at hospitals.

In Northern Ontario, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit has the highest number of confirmed cases, with 81. The Porcupine Health Unit, which covers Timmins and the surrounding area, still has the highest rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 population among other health units in Northern Ontario. The rate there is 77.9 per 100,000 people.

According to today's report, which includes data from Jan. 15 to May 23, the number of cases at other Northern Ontario health units, as well as the rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 population are:

• Algoma Public Health - 20 cases, rate of 17.5 per 100,000 population (a 21st case has since been reported)

• North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - 25 cases, rate of 19.3 per 100,000 population

• Porcupine Health Unit - 65, rate of 77.9 per 100,000 population

• Public Health Sudbury and Districts - 62 cases, rate of 31.2 per 100,000 population

• Timiskaming Health Unit - 18 cases, rate of 55.1 per 100,000

• Thunder Bay District Health Unit - 81 cases, rate of 54 per 100,000 population

• Northwestern Health Unit - 22 cases, rate of 25.1  per 100,000 population