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Number of new COVID-19 cases falls to 658 in Ontario

There were five more deaths reported over the past 24 hours; More than 23,000 tests are currently awaiting results
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The number of positive, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario decreased by 18 per cent over the past 24 hours.

Today, Public Health Ontario is reporting 658 new cases of COVID-19 in its daily update - almost 150 fewer than Friday's count. Thursday, there were 712 new cases across the province, while 783 were reported on Wednesday. 

The province is also reporting that five people died Saturday from COVID-19. On Friday, 10 people died.

On Saturday, 40,900 COVID tests were completed. Right now, there are 23,609 tests currently under investigation, awaiting results. Since the pandemic began, more than 4,658,000 tests have been conducted.

Today's report includes 197 new cases from Toronto, 155 from Peel Region, 66 from Ottawa, and 94 from York Region.

Among today's new cases, 241 are among people aged 20-39, while 229 are people aged 40-59 and 90 of the new cases are in those 19 and under. 

In the past 24 hours, 685 cases have been successfully resolved. To date, 55,371 cases - or 86% - of the 64,371 total cases confirmed since the pandemic began have been resolved.

Right now, 247 people are reported hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19. There are 71 COVID patients in intensive care units and 43 people are requiring the use of a ventilator to breathe. It's important to note many hospitals (approximately 40) did not submit data to the Daily Bed Census for Oct. 16; that is common for weekends. Public Health Ontario anticipates the number of hospitalized patients may increase when reporting compliance increases.

To date, the province has confirmed 63,713 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario and has reported 54,686 (85 per cent) of those individuals have recovered while 3,041 (4.8 per cent) have died. 

The breakdown for the Northern Ontario health units, at the time of today’s provincial update, is:

  • Algoma Public Health: 39 cases, rate of 34.1 per 100,000 population. There are three known active cases. 
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: 40 cases, rate of 30.8 per 100,000 population. The health unit has reported 43 cases. There are two known active cases. 
  • Porcupine Health Unit: 90, rate of 106.7 per 100,000 population. The health unit has reported 88 cases. There are three known active cases. 
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 112 cases, rate of 55.8 per 100,000 population. There are two known active cases. 
  • Timiskaming Health Unit: 19 cases, rate of 58.1 per 100,000. The health unit has reported 17 cases. There are no known active cases. 
  • Northwestern Health Unit: 69 cases, rate of 78.7 per 100,000. There are three known active cases.
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit: 109 cases, rate of 72.7 per 100,000. There is one known active case. 

The Ontario rate of infection is 423.2.