Ontario’s new COVID-19 cases drop after single-day spike

Provincial public health officials report 116 new cases as Toronto releases individual-level data

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario has dropped back down after a single-day spike on Thursday.

Provincial public health officials reported 116 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 36,464. Of those cases, 32,155 – or just over 88 per cent – are now considered resolved.

On Thursday, the province recorded 170 cases after targeted testing on farms in the Windsor-Essex area resulted in 86 new cases.

Today’s increase is similar to patterns earlier in the week, when 118 new cases were reported on Wednesday, 112 on Tuesday and 154 on Monday.

“Locally, 30 of the province’s 34 public health units – every region except Peel, York, Toronto and Windsor-Essex – are reporting five or fewer cases, with 17 of them reporting no new cases at all,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a tweet.

“With 178 more resolved today, Ontario is reporting fewer active cases than seen at any point in April, pre-peak. Nearly 27,500 #COVID19 tests were processed as our positivity rate remains at all-time lows.”

Most of today’s new COVID-19 cases are in the Greater Toronto Area. Peel Region logged the most with 35, followed by Toronto with 23 and York Region had 14.

Seven more people are dead. Since the pandemic began, 2,710 Ontarians have died

There are 117 COVID-19 patients in hospital, with 34 people in intensive care units.

Toronto releases COVID-19 data

On Friday, the city of Toronto has released individual-level data related to the pandemic.

The information is non-identifiable and covers when an individual became ill, their infection source, outcome, hospitalization, age group, gender and neighbourhood.

“It is intended to help people to examine the pandemic’s trends over time,” Toronto Public Health said in a press release.

The information is accurate as of July 9 and is published on the city’s Open Data platform. Here are key takeaways:

  • Approximately 14,777 people in Toronto have been infected with COVID-19
  • The majority of those infected have been aged 50 to 59 years of age
  • Approximately 12 per cent of COVID-19 cases have been hospitalized
  • COVID-19 has been detected among more female than male Torontonians
  • There have been 1,117 deaths
  • Approximately 13,028 people in Toronto have recovered from this virus


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