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Testing is up, new COVID-19 cases remain below 300 in Ontario today

The province confirmed 292 new cases of COVID-19 today, and more than 15,000 tests processed since the last report

Public Health Ontario is again reporting a daily case increase below 300 with 292 new COVID-19 cases confirmed today.

Today’s new cases add a 1.1 per cent increase to the total number of cases in the province.

Testing is also up by about 50 per cent with the province reporting 15,133 tests processed since the last report, and since Premier Doug Ford announced anyone that wanted a test could get one, even without a symptom. There are 11,817 tests awaiting results from a lab.

There were also 32 new deaths reported in today’s update from the province.

Of those 32 people who died, two people were between the ages of 40 and 59, 10 people were between the ages of 60 and 79, and 20 people were over the age of 80.

There are currently 847 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, including 150 in intensive care and 117 patients on ventilators.

The province has reported a total of 26,483 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, and of those 20,372 are considered recovered (76.9 per cent).

More than 65 per cent of the total cases in Ontario have been reported by Greater Toronto Area public health units.

Of the total number of cases confirmed, 4,936 are long-term care residents (18.6 per cent), and 1,721 (6.5 per cent) are health care workers working at a facility that was or is in outbreak.

Public Health Ontario reports a total of 2,155 deaths related to COVID-19, and of those 1,352 have been long-term care residents (62.7 per cent) and four have been long-term care home staff.

However, that report lags behind the daily update provided by the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care, which reports there are 1,587 long-term care resident deaths, and six staff deaths.

In total, there have been 298 outbreaks at long-term care homes, 136 at retirement homes, and 84 at hospitals. Not all remain active outbreaks.

The provincial government has extended its emergency orders for COVID-19 to June 9. Those orders include restricting gatherings to five people or fewer, the closure of playgrounds and swimming pools, and the closure of restaurants and bars except for takeout.

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 26, 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 - 21 cases, rate of 18.4 per 100,000 population 

• 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

According to the report, in Northeastern Ontario, there have been 191 confirmed cases, and the rate is 34.1 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 178.2.