Ontario reports decline in new COVID-19 cases today, sixth day in a row new infections remain under 100
Published Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:17AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:17PM EDT
Ontario is reporting a decline in new COVID-19 cases today, marking the sixth day in a row new infections remained under 100.
Provincial health officials say 70 new cases of the virus were confirmed today, down from the 88 reported one day prior.
Officials recorded 95 new cases on Thursday, 86 on Wednesday, and 91 on Tuesday, bringing the rolling five-day average of new cases to 86, down from 107 one week ago.
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott confirmed Saturday that recoveries outpaced new cases once again today.
According to the province's latest epidemiological summary, 107 more cases are now considered to be resolved.
More than 26,000 tests were completed over the past 24 hours, resulting in a case positivity rate of 0.27 per cent.
"Locally, 29 of Ontario’s 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases with 15 of them reporting no new cases," Elliott wrote in a tweet published on Saturday morning.
Ottawa and Peel Region each reported 13 new infections and nine new cases were confirmed in Chatham-Kent.
Toronto recorded the fewest number of new infections in the GTA with just one new case confirmed over the past 24 hours.
Nearly 60 per cent of all new cases in the province were in people under the age of 40.
Elliott noted that hospitalizations and intensive care admissions both declined.
The latest data indicates that 53 people infected with COVID-19 are currently receiving treatment at Ontario hospitals. Of those patients, 27 are in intensive care and 12 remain on ventilators.
One new death was reported today, bringing the total number of virus-related deaths in the province to 2,784.
The total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario now stands at 39,967 but only 1,052 are still considered to be active.
New cases in the GTA:
Peel Region: 13
York Region: 4
Halton Region: 3
Durham Region: 2