New COVID-19 cases nearly double in Ontario

Two-thirds of the new cases are among those 40 and under, health minister Christine Elliott says

Ontario public health officials reported 195 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, July 24 – nearly double Thursday’s count of 103.

The increase continues a sustained recent trend of daily increases over the 150 mark.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter that 26 of 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with 15 of them reporting no new cases. That’s down from 28 and 21 on Thursday, respectively.

There are 27 new cases in Ottawa and 57 new cases in Windsor-Essex, Elliott said. She added that 128 or 66 per cent, of today’s cases are under the age of 40.

Deaths and hospitalizations

Elliott said that despite a spike in new hospitalizations on Thursday – from 128 to 154 – the number has gone back down to 141.

Of those hospitalized, 31 are in intensive care and 20 are on ventilators.

Three deaths have occurred since yesterday, bringing the total to 2,758.

Ontario’s total case count is now 38,405, with 1,547 of those active and 34,100 now resolved.

Labs completed 29,000 tests since the previous day.

For more COVID-19 statistics, visit the Government of Ontario website.


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