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Ontario reports 412 new COVID-19 cases, 379 recoveries

The province is also reporting 27 deaths in its daily update
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Ontario is reporting 412 new cases of COVID-19 today, which is a 1.7 per cent increase in the total number of cases for the province. 

The update provided by the province today also reports 27 deaths related to the virus, including one person between the ages of 40 and 59, 11 people between the ages of 60 and 79, and 15 people over the age of 80. 

The daily epidemiology update also indicates 379 more people are now considered recovered from COVID-19. 

However, the report states 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 were 11,028 tests reported completed on May 21, with 5,871 awaiting results. The province has completed 599,986 tests in total. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Public Health Ontario has reported 25,040 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province, which includes 19,146 people considered resolved, and 2,048 people who have died.

There are currently 912 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 147 intensive care patients, and 119 people on ventilators. 

The Ministry of Long-Term Care reports there are 165 active outbreaks in long-term care homes in the province, including 2,148 active cases in residents, and 1,437 active cases in staff. The ministry has also reported 1,495 deaths of long-term care residents, and six staff deaths attributed to the coronavirus. 

Public Health Ontario has reported 1,292 deaths of long-term care residents and four staff deaths. Data provided by Public Health Ontario is reported to the provincial agency regional health units, and typically lags behind the data reported by the Ministry of Long-Term Care. Data reported by the ministry is reported to them by long-term care facilities in Ontario. 

According to the epidemiological report provided by Public Health Ontario, more than 61 per cent of the province’s total cases have been the result of an outbreak or close contact of a confirmed case. 

Public Health Ontario is also reporting 79 ongoing outbreaks at retirement homes, and 51 ongoing outbreaks at hospitals.

Travel is the transmission source for 5.9 per cent of the province’s cases, and community transmission is listed as the probable source for 12.6 per cent of cases. A little more than 20 per cent of Ontario’s cases do not have a transmission source listed. 

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 22, 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
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - 24 cases, rate of 18.5 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

According to the report, in Northeastern Ontario, there have been 189 confirmed cases, and the rate is 33.8 per 100,000 population. In Northwestern Ontario, there have been 103 cases and a rate of 43.3. The provincial rate per 100,000 population is 168.5.