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86 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 today in Ontario

Ontario Public Health reports another 459 lab-confirmed cases and 593 recoveries

Ontario is reporting 86 new COVID-19 related deaths this morning.

This is the highest number of deaths yet reported in a single day by the province. Of those, nine were residents or patients at long-term care facilities.

The province is also reporting 459 new cases of COVID-19, up from 347 reported yesterday, but down from 525 reported on Tuesday.

There have also been 593 recoveries reported since yesterday, and the report states there were 12,928 tests processed in a single day. There remain 11,859 tests awaiting results.

In all, Ontario has reported 16,187 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, 1,082 people have died and 10,205 people have recovered. The province has processed 277,522 tests.

There are now 999 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and 233 of those are in intensive care. There are 181 COVID-19 patients on ventilators.

According to data recorded by the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are now 163 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, including 2,614 cases confirmed in long-term care residents and 1,430 cases confirmed in staff. The ministry is reporting there have been 835 deaths of residents attributed to COVID-19. Ontario Public health has reported 530 deaths of long-term care residents, which is approximately half of the total deaths reported by the province.

Ontario Public Health has also reported there have been seven deaths in people aged 20 to 39 years, 49 in people aged 40-59, and 282 in people aged 60 to 79. There have been 744 deaths reported by Ontario Public Health in people aged 80 and over.

Locally, the Porcupine Health Unit reported one new confirmed COVID-19 case today.

To date, there have been 60 positive cases in its region. Of those, 43 are resolved and four people have died.

In Northern Ontario, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit has the highest number of confirmed cases, with 71. 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 70.7 per 100,000 people.

According to today's report, which includes data from Jan. 15 to April 29, 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 - 13 cases, rate of 11.4 per 100,000 population

• North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - 14 cases, rate of 10.8 per 100,000 population

• Porcupine Health Unit - 59, rate of 70.7 per 100,000 population (60 cases have now been confirmed)

• Public Health Sudbury and Districts - 57 cases, rate of 28.6 per 100,000 population

• Timiskaming Health Unit - 12 cases, rate of 36.7 per 100,000

• Thunder Bay District Health Unit - 71 cases, rate of 47.3 per 100,000 population

• Northwestern Health Unit - 15 cases, rate of 17.1 per 100,000 population

According to the report, in Northeastern Ontario, there have been 155 confirmed cases, and the rate is 27.7 per 100,000 population. In Northwestern Ontario, there have been 86 cases and a rate of 36.2. The provincial rate per 100,000 population is 108.9.

Erika Engel

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