For the fifth day in a row, Ontario is reporting fewer than 100 new COVID-19 infections.
Provincial health officials say 88 new cases of the virus were confirmed today, down from the 95 reported one day prior.
Officials recorded 86 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, 91 on Tuesday, and 88 on Monday, and with today's disclosure, the rolling five-day average of new cases has now dropped to 90.
More than 25,000 tests were processed over the past 24 hours, bringing the case positivity rate to about 0.35 per cent. More than 25,000 cases remain under investigation.
With 118 more recoveries confirmed today, the number of active cases has once again dropped in the province.
"Locally, 27 of Ontario’s 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases with 18 of them reporting no new cases at all," Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a tweet published Friday.
The highest number of new cases were reported in Peel Region and Ottawa, which each confirmed 15 new cases of the virus.
In the province's latest epidemiological summary, Toronto reported 10 new cases of COVID-19.
Nearly 60 per cent of all new infections (52) were in people under the age of 40.
The total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario now stands at 39,897, including deaths and recoveries.
Only 1,090 cases are still considered to be active, down from 1,120 one day earlier.
The number of virus-related deaths in Ontario remains unchanged at 2,783 as no new deaths were reported today.
Hospitalizations also declined over the past 24 hours, with 66 patients currently receiving treatment in Ontario hospitals.
Of those patients, 28 are in intensive care and 12 are on ventilators.
Speaking to CP24 on Friday, infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch called the downward trend of new and active cases in the province "fantastic news."
"If we take a step back and look at the trend, really in June we just started to see these numbers go down and decline... it's been slow but it is steadily going down and once and a while we have a little uptick in cases but if we look back at the general trend, we've been doing very well in Ontario," he said.
"We still have a long way to go but this is why most of Ontario is in Stage 3 of reopening. There are just very few new cases in the province and that is just a testament to almost everyone rolling up their sleeves and doing what needs to be done to get us here."
New cases in the GTA:
Peel Region: 15
York Region: 6
Durham Region: 5
Halton Region: 2