Ontario reports more than 2,300 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths

Ontario is reporting 2,336 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the sixth straight day cases are above 2,000, bringing the provincial total to 347,570.

Tuesday’s case count is higher than Monday’s which saw 2,094 new infections. On Sunday, 2,448 new cases were recorded and 2,453 on Saturday.

According to Tuesday’s provincial report, 727 cases were recorded in Toronto, 434 in Peel Region, 229 in York Region, 194 in Durham Region, 144 in Ottawa, 123 in Hamilton, and 91 in Halton Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 70 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 7,351 as 14 more deaths were recorded.

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Meanwhile, 320,409 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 92 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,477 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 19,810— up from the previous day when it was at 18,965, and up from March 23 when it was at 15,017. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.

The government said 36,071 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 35,066 tests awaiting results. A total of 12,498,641 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Tuesday was 6.2 per cent which is the highest number since mid-January. That figure is up from Monday when it was 6.1, and is up from last week when it was 5.7 per cent.

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Ontario reported 1,090 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 249 from the previous day) with 387 in intensive care units (up by five) and 249 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by 13).

— More to come.

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