Ontario sees COVID-19 case count rise above 400 for fifth day in a row

Published May 25, 2020 10:30 a.m. ET
Updated May 25, 2020 11:07 a.m. ET

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TORONTO -- For the fifth day in a row, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Ontario in a single day is above 400.

Provincial health officials logged 404 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 29 more deaths on Monday, bringing the total number of patients in Ontario to 25,904, including 2,102 deaths and 19,698 recoveries.

After 10 days of daily case counts being below 400 in Ontario, health officials confirmed 427 new patients on May 19. The case count dropped back down to 390 the following day before it climbed to 413, 441, 412 and 460 in the days that followed.

According to Friday’s epidemiologic summary, eight of Ontario’s deceased COVID-19 patients were between the ages of 20 and 39. There have been no deaths recorded in people 19 years of age or younger. Eighty-five of all deceased patients in the province were between the ages of 40 and 59 and 544 people were between the ages of 60 and 79. People 80 years of age or older continue to be the hardest hit age group with 1,465.

There are currently 859 people infected with COVID-19 in Ontario hospitals. Of those patients, 148 of them are being treated in the intensive care unit.

According to the province, there have been 295 outbreaks of the disease at long-term care homes, 123 at retirement homes and 82 at hospitals.

In Ontario, 4,415 health-care workers have become infected with COVID-19.

Quick facts on all COVID-19 patients in Ontario:

  • 43 per cent of all patients in the province are male and 56.1 per cent are female – 229 cases did not specify male or female gender
  • 40.8 per cent of all patients are 60 years of age or older – 15 cases did not specify their age
  • 3.3 per cent of all patients are 19 years of age or younger
  • 25.3per cent of all patients are between the ages of 20 and 39
  • 30.5 per cent of all patients are between the ages of 40 and 59
  • 20.5 per cent of all patients are between the ages of 60 and 79
  • 20.3 per cent of all patients are 80 years of age or older
  • Public health units in the Greater Toronto Area account for 64.8 per cent of all cases
  • 5.8 per cent of all patients had travelled in the 14 days prior to becoming ill
  • 50.8 per cent of all patients had close contact with a previously confirmed case or were "outbreak-associated"
  • 12.8 per cent of all patients had "sporadic community transmission"
  • 20.8 per cent of all patients had exposure information listed as "missing or unknown"

COVID-19 testing in Ontario

Across the province, thus far, 619,539 novel coronavirus tests have been conducted.

The number of daily tests has remained well below the provincial capacity of 20,000.

Ontario conducted 8,170 tests in the last-recorded 24-hour period. That is a drop from the testing numbers recorded for the two days prior, 11,383 on Saturday and 11,028 on Friday.

Premier Doug Ford expressed frustration over this on the weekend and said that his government would be releasing a “detailed testing strategy” this week.

“The only way we can get those testing numbers up, the only way we can get those numbers where they need to be, is for everyone who feels they need it, to get a test. It's very simple,” the premier said on Sunday.

“I'm asking the people of Ontario, if you are worried if you have COVID-19, or that you've been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, even if you are not showing symptoms, please go get a test.”

There are currently 3,883 test samples under investigation in Ontario.


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