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Ontario reports 460 new cases of COVID-19 today

It's the highest number of cases in the province's daily reports since May 8

Public Health Ontario is reporting 460 new cases of COVID-19 today, which is the highest daily increase reported in the province since May 8.

Today’s report indicates there were 11,383 tests processed since yesterday’s report.

On May 8, when the province reported 477 new cases, the report indicated there had been 16,295 tests processed in a single day.

The province’s public health agency is also reporting 25 deaths today, including one person between the ages of 40 and 59, nine people between the ages of 60 and 79, and 15 people over the age of 80.

A graph included today's epidemiology report indicates the percent positivity rate (number of tests that come back positive out of total tests completed) is still up over last week. From April 30 to May 16, the present positivity rate was five per cent or lower, since then it has been above five per cent, and peaked at about eight per cent on May 18 (which is about the same rate reported on April 16).

Since yesterday’s report, there have been 331 new recoveries reported.

Anyone whose symptom onset date occurred 14 days ago and who is not hospitalized is considered recovered for the purposes of the daily update. Those people who are reported as recovered may still be experiencing symptoms with varying severity.

The province has recorded 25,500 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. To-date, 19,477 people have recovered (76.4 per cent of the province’s total cases) and 2,073 people have died (8.1 per cent of the total number of cases).

Public Health Ontario reports there have been 1,300 deaths of residents in long-term care homes, and four staff from long-term care homes have died.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care reports 1,525 long-term care residents and six staff have died, and there are 1,948 active cases in residents and 1,392 active cases in staff.

Public Health Ontario numbers typically lag behind those reported by the ministry.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported 443 total cases of COVID-19 in the region, 328 people have recovered, including 310 residents in Simcoe County. Thirty-five people from Simcoe County, and one resident from Muskoka have died from the coronavirus.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit does not provide public updates of local COVID-19 cases on the weekends, but will provide an update on Monday.

According to the Public Health Ontario report, there are at least 449 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the Simcoe-Muskoka region.

Three institutional outbreaks remain active in the region, one at Owen Hill Care Community in Barrie, one at Collingwood Nursing Home, and one at Bayview Retirement Home in Waubaushene.

The case rate (including lab-confirmed cases only) for the Simcoe-Muskoka region is 74.9 cases per 100,000 population. The provincial average is 171.6 cases per 100,000 population.