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Ontario confirms 851 new COVID cases today

Today's report indicates a drop of 200 cases compared to yesterday's numbers
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Public Health Ontario has confirmed 851 new cases of COVID-19 as well as six deaths and 679 recoveries in today's epidemiological report. 

After reporting more than 1,000 new cases yesterday for the first time ever, the province noted a drop of about 200 cases in today's report. 

The deaths reported today include one person between 20 and 39 years old (the 12th death reported in that age group in Ontario),  two people between 60 and 79 years old, and three people over the age of 80. Two of the people who died were residents at long-term care homes. 

Since yesterday's update, 28 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, and five people have been admitted to the intensive care unit. 

There were 546 cases confirmed in people aged 20 to 59 years old in today's report. The province also reported 41 more residents of long-term care homes have tested positive for COVID-19. 

According to a breakdown of cases provided by Public Health Ontario, 281 of today's cases were reported by Toronto Public Health, 215 by Peel Public Health, 90 by York Region Public Health, and 76 by Ottawa Public Health. 

There are currently 7,286 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, including 295 people who are hospitalized. There are 78 COVID patients in intensive care units and 51 COVID patients on ventilators. 

There are 72 new school-related cases reported today, with 39 of those cases listed as students, four as staff, and 29 are unidentified. There have been 1,770 school-related COVID cases reported to date, and they are spread across 548 schools. There are no schools currently closed because of COVID-19. The province also confirmed nine new COVID cases in childcare settings. 

According to the province's public health agency, Ontario labs processed 28,652 tests since the last report, and there are 17,603 tests awaiting processing. The province's public health labs have now processed 4.9 million COVID tests. 

To date, there have been 71,224 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, and 60,839 of those cases (85.4 per cent) have been reported as recovered and 3,099 cases (4.4 per cent) reported as ending in death.

As of Friday, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported a total of 1,232 cases of COVID-19, with 1,155 of those in Simcoe County. There are 1,035 cases listed as recovered. Four people are currently hospitalized. The health unit has recorded 47 deaths. The health unit will update local case counts later today.

The incidence rate for Simcoe County is 219 cases per 100,000 people.

Case breakdown from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit by municipality for Simcoe County as of Oct. 23

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Incidence rate*
Barrie 400 353 14   Oct. 23 268
Bradford W-G  209 187 12   Oct. 23 486
New Tecumseth   193 135 9 2 Oct. 23 466
Innisfil 96 78 1   Oct. 23 236
Orillia 27 24 3   Oct. 19 81
Collingwood 19 19     Oct. 13 79
Wasaga Beach 27 24 1   Oct. 23 117
Clearview 16 11 1   Oct. 23 108
Springwater 21 18 1   Oct. 21 100
Midland 12 12     July 24 67
Oro-Medonte  18 9 2   Oct. 22 77
Adjala-Tosorontio 18 12   1 Oct. 23 154
Essa 38 31 1 1 Oct. 23 159
Ramara 14 13     Oct. 23 135
Tiny 10 9     Oct. 23 76
Tay 12 12     Oct. 8 108
Penetanguishene  15 12 1   Oct. 23 155
Severn  10 7     Oct. 22 67
Georgian Bay  7 7     Oct. 21 not released

*Incidence rate is number of cases per 100,000 people in the local population.

**Total cases includes the number of cases currently recovering at home as well as any that have recovered, died, or are in hospital.

Erika Engel

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Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter, photographer and community editor. She has 12 years of experience as a local journalist.
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