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Ontario confirms 88 new COVID cases today

Over the last seven days the province's public health agency has reported fewer than 700 new cases
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Public Health Ontario has reported 88 new cases of COVID-19 and zero deaths in today's update. 

This is the fifth day in a row the province's public health agency has confirmed fewer than 100 new cases. Daily numbers have been on an overall decline since May, with the province reporting one of the lowest daily case counts so far on July 29. 

Since Friday, July 31, the province has reported 688 new COVID cases. From July 24 to 31, Ontario reported 804 new cases. The highest case increase was the week of April 19-25 when there were 3,985 new cases reported in Ontario. 

Thus far, Ontario Public Health has confirmed a total of 39,897 COVID-19 cases, and reported 36,024 of those as recovered with another 2,783 cases ending in death. 

There are now 1,090 active, lab-confirmed cases in Ontario, including 66 people who are hospitalized. There are 28 COVID patients in intensive care units and 12 of them are on ventilators. 

The province has completed 2,346,433 COVID tests, including 25,136 processed since the last provincial update. 

Included in today's 88 new cases, there are 38 individuals between the ages of 20 and 39 years old, 24 individuals between 40 and 59 years old, 14 people under 19, and 12 people between the ages of 60 and 79. There is a single case in a person over the age of 80. 

Eighteen of the 34 health units in Ontario reported zero new cases in today's provincial update, and another nine reported five or fewer cases. 

Ottawa and Peel had the highest number of new cases with 15 each, and Toronto reported 10 new cases. Windsor-Essex County, the only health unit still in Stage 2 restrictions reported four new cases for today's epidemiological summary.

In Northern Ontario there are 21 known active cases.

The breakdown for the health units is:

• Algoma Public Health - 27 cases, rate of 23.6 per 100,000 population. There are no known active cases.

• North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - 35 cases, rate of 27 per 100,000 population. The health unit has reported 37 cases. There are no known active cases.

• Porcupine Health Unit - 72, rate of 86.3 per 100,000 population. There is one known active case. 

• Public Health Sudbury and Districts - 90 cases, rate of 45.2 per 100,000 population. The health unit has reported 91 cases. There are 16 known active cases. 

• Timiskaming Health Unit - 19 cases, rate of 58.1 per 100,000. There are no known active cases.

• Northwestern Health Unit - 44 cases, rate of 50.2 per 100,000. There is one known active case.

• Thunder Bay District Health Unit - 99 cases, rate of 66 per 100,000. There are three known active cases. 

The Ontario rate of infection per 100,000 population is 268.4.

Erika Engel

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