Ontario reports a decline in new infections after yesterday's spike. Half of today's new cases are people under age 40
Ontario public health officials reported 165 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, July 22, a lower number after yesterday’s three-week high.
Cases spiked to 203 on Tuesday, but 35 of the new infections were part of a reporting backlog in Peel Region.
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said 28 of 34 public health units were reporting five or fewer cases and 18 reported no new cases.
“Ottawa is adding 33 cases, with 25 in Peel and 39 in Windsor-Essex,” she said. “Just over 50 per cent of today’s cases are under the age of 40.”
Toronto reported 28 new cases.
During a press conference in Mississauga on Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford noted an increasing number of cases are in people in the 20s and 30s who are going “hog wild.”
Over the last week, an average of 68 new cases per day have been reported in people under age 39.
“Just don’t got to a party. Simple,” Ford said. ““We have the brightest, smartest people coming out of our colleges and universities and the vast majority – 98 per cent them – are following all the protocols and procedures. But a couple per cent are going hog wild.”
The increase comes as seven more regions prepare to enter stage 3 of the provincial reopening plan, which allow dine-in restaurants, bars, gyms and playgrounds reopen.
Though today’s COVID-19 number is down from yesterday, this week’s cases are up from last week when the highest increase was 129. Over the weekend, single-day increases in new cases spiked past 160.
Two more people have died since yesterday, bringing the provincial death toll to 2,755.
Ontario’s total cases is up to 38,107, with 33,812 – or 88.7 per cent – now resolved. Another 207 cases resolved since yesterday, meaning, there are 42 fewer active cases in Ontario, Elliott said. Overall, the number of active cases in the province has dropped.
COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to go up, with 128 patients in hospital. There are 37 in intensive care and 29 in intensive care on ventilators. There were 120 people reported to be in hospital on Tuesday.
Labs completed 22,974 tests since the previous day and another 11,842 cases are under investigation.