Ontario reports huge drop in new COVID-19 cases
The province reports 33 new cases of the virus thanks in part to a data duplication issue at Toronto Public Health
Ontario has reported the lowest increase in new COVID-19 infections since March 18.
On August 11, provincial public health officials confirmed 33 new cases and no new deaths. That’s down significantly from 115 cases reported on Monday.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said the low number is partially due to a Toronto Public Health data clean-up, which removed 21 duplicate cases that were previously included in daily case counts.
“With 75 more resolved, we continue to see a persistent decline in the number of active cases in the province,” she added.
Of Ontario’s total 40,194 COVID-19 cases, more than 90 per cent are considered resolved. There have been 2,786 deaths.
There are 60 patients in hospital, with 21 in intensive care and 12 on ventilators.
Labs processed 21,581 tests in the past 24 hours and another 14,677 cases are under investigation.
The low number comes as Windsor-Essex prepares to move into stage 3 of the provincial reopening plan on August 12.
Last week, Ontario reported a full week of new case counts below 100.
Ontario’s new COVID-19 cases on August 11
Public health units reporting five or more cases include Peel Region with seven, Ottawa with seven, Windsor-Essex with 10 and Southwestern with eight.
Toronto reported negative 21 cases due to the duplication issue.