Ontario reports slight drop in new COVID-19 cases

Public health officials confirm 102 new infections, including a large spike in Huron Perth

Ontario reported a drop in new COVID-19 infections on August 19 following yesterday’s spike.

Provincial public health officials confirmed 102 new cases. There were 125 new infections on Tuesday, 99 on Monday, 81 on Sunday, 106 on Saturday and 92 on Friday.

Labs processed more than 25,000 tests in the past 24 hours and another 15,000 cases are under investigation.

“Locally, 30 of the province’s 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with 17 of them reporting no new cases,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said. “Hospitalizations, ICU admissions and vented patients are all largely stable.”

One more person has died, bringing the province’s death toll to 2,792.

Toronto reported the most new infections, with 24. Peel Region and Ottawa both confirmed 18 cases and Huron Perth recorded an increase of 17 – a large spike for that region.

“All of these cases are associated with a workplace outbreak in Bluewater/South Huron, and many of them are clusters within the same households,” Huron Perth Public Health officials said in press release. “These cases are also connected to a larger spread of cases across southwestern Ontario.

“All cases are at home isolating,” they added. “There are no hospitalizations related to these cases.”

Another 89 people have recovered. To date, there have been 40,972 COVID-19 cases in Ontario and 37,215 of those cases are resolved.

There are 42 people in hospital, with 15 in intensive care and 10 in intensive care on ventilators.

Ontario’s new COVID-19 cases on August 19:

The following regions reported more than five COVID-19 cases:

Toronto = 24

Peel = 18

Ottawa = 18

Huron Perth = 17


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