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COVID 19 cases drop for second day in a row

Ontario health officials have confirmed an additional 510 cases of COVID-19 as well as 37 more deaths. That’s fewer new cases than yesterday and down from Sunday when there were more than 600 new cases.

The new patients bring the province’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 12,245, including 6,221 recoveries, up 415 since yesterday. This marks the first time the province has recorded more recoveries than active cases since the outbreak began.

Officials say that 659 people have died as a result of the virus.

Overall, there are 1,618 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents of long-term care homes and 867 confirmed cases among staff members.

Health officials also confirmed 128 outbreaks within the province’s 630 long-term care residences.

An emergency order that limits staff members from working at more than one location takes effect today and is expected to last for two weeks.

There are 878 people in hospitals receiving treatment for COVID-19, an increase of 19 patients from the day prior. Of those 878, there are 243 patients in an intensive care unit (ICU), down from the 250 reported on Tuesday. One hundred and ninety-two of those patients in the ICU are on a ventilator.

According to Wednesday’s epidemiological summary 441 deceased patients are 80 years of age or older. Another 181 deceased patients are between the ages of 60 and 79. Thirty-six deceased patients are between the ages of 40 and 59. One deceased patient is between the ages of 20 and 39, the province’s youngest death related to the virus.There are no deaths reported in patients 19 years of age or younger,

In terms of testing, the province said it has performed 10,361 tests in the last 24 hours, edging closer to their goal of 12,500 tests a day by April 22.

The province says it has performed 184,531 to date, however the Ministry of Health says that this number represents total tests and not persons tested, meaning one patient could have been tested multiple times.

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