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Ontario COVID-19 cases top 7,000, including 86 long-term care facility outbreaks

There are two outbreaks at Timmins seniors' facilities
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Ontario is reporting another 401 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province (a six per cent increase) bringing the total number of cases to 7,049. 

The province is also reporting 274 deaths related to COVID-19, which is an increase of 21 deaths from yesterday. 

There are now 86 outbreaks reported at long-term care homes, which is an increase of seven over yesterday’s report. There have been two outbreaks declared in Timmins, the first was April 9 at Extendicare and the another one was announced yesterday at Spruce Hill Lodge.

There are now 3,121 reported recoveries from the virus, and there are 738 people hospitalized with the virus in Ontario. Of those hospitalized, there are 261 in intensive care units and 196 patients on ventilators. 

Of Ontario’s 7,049 cases, 44.8 per cent are male and 54.6 per cent are female. There are 2,735 cases confirmed in people aged 60 and over and 2,403 cases in people aged 40-59. 

As of yesterday, there were 39 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) region.

This morning, the health unit reported no new positive tests in the past 24 hours, however the provincial report lists the PHU as having 40 cases.

The Porcupine Health Unit has the highest rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 population among other health units in Northern Ontario.

According to today's report, which includes data from Jan. 15 to April 11, 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 - 10 cases, rate of 8.7 per 100,000 population

• North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - 8 cases, rate of 6.2 per 100,000 population

• Porcupine Health Unit - 40, rate of 47.9 per 100,000 population (the health unit has not confirmed a 40th local case yet)

• Public Health Sudbury and Districts - 30 cases, rate of 15.1 per 100,000 population

• Thunder Bay District Health Unit - 24 cases, rate of 16 per 100,000 population

• Timiskaming Health Unit - 7 cases, rate of 21.4 per 100,000

The provincial rate is 47.4 people per 100,000 population


Erika Engel

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