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Ontario reports 790 new COVID cases today

The province also confirmed nine more deaths due to the coronavirus
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The province's public health agency has confirmed 790 new cases of COVID-19, 719 recoveries, and nine deaths in today's epidemiological update. 

The nine deaths reported today include five people between 60 and 79 years old, one person between 40 and 59 years old, and three people over the age of 80. 

Based on today's report, another 44 people have been hospitalized with the coronavirus, including six people who have been admitted to intensive care units. 

Of the 790 new cases reported today, 56 per cent are individuals under the age of 40. 

The four provincial hotspots currently under stage two restrictions reported 77 per cent of the new cases included in today's report. Toronto Public Health reported 321 new cases, Peel reported 157 new cases, York reported 76 new cases, and Ottawa reported 57 new cases.

The province confirmed 144 new school-related cases today, including 66 student cases, 13 staff cases, and 65 unidentified cases. There have been 1,569 school-related cases since the beginning of September, and they are spread across 518 schools (10 per cent of the schools in Ontario). There are four schools currently closed because of COVID cases. 

There are 19 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in childcare settings, according to the province's report for Oct. 21. 

Based on information provided by the province, there are 6,299 active, lab-confirmed cases in Ontario, and 260 of those individuals are hospitalized. There are 71 COVID patients in intensive care units and 49 COVID patients on ventilators. 

Since last report, the province indicates public health labs have processed 32,646 COVID tests and there is a current backlog of 29,332 tests awaiting processing. As of yesterday, the per cent positivity rate for the province was 3.6 per cent, meaning 3.6 per cent of people who are tested for COVID-19 test positive.

To date, the province has confirmed 66,686 cases of COVID-19, and has reported 57,325 of those cases as resolved and 3,062 cases ending in death. 

The average incidence rate of the coronavirus in Ontario is. 448.6 cases per 100,000 people.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported a total of 1,181 cases of COVID-19, with 1,105 of those in Simcoe County. There are 999 cases listed as recovered and 130 active cases. Three people are currently hospitalized The health unit has recorded 47 deaths.

The incidence rate for Simcoe-Muskoka region is 209 cases per 100,000 people.

Case breakdown from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit by municipality for Simcoe County as of Oct. 20

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Incidence rate*
Barrie 387 340 14   Oct. 20 259
Bradford W-G 205 183 12 1 Oct. 20 477
New Tecumseth 188 129 9 1 Oct. 20 454
Innisfil 88 74 1   Oct. 20 216
Orillia 27 23 3   Oct. 19 81
Collingwood 19 19     Oct. 13 79
Wasaga Beach 26 24 1   Oct. 19 113
Clearview 13 11 1   Oct. 19 88
Springwater 20 18 1   Oct. 19 95
Midland 12 12     July 24 67
Oro-Medonte 16 9 2   Oct. 20 69
Adjala-Tosorontio 13 12     Oct. 20 112
Essa 35 28 1 1 Oct. 20 146
Ramara 14 13     Oct. 20 135
Tiny 7 7     Aug. 28 not released
Tay 12 12     Oct. 8 108
Penetanguishene 15 10 1   Oct. 19 155
Severn 8 7     Sept. 29 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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