Ontario building big health database to fight COVID-19

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Ontario is reporting another six per cent increase in lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, or 421 more cases, since yesterday.

There have been 7,049 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Ontario, an increase of 401 cases (or 6.0 per cent) from the previous day.

There are 1,534 people now under investigation awaiting test results.

There are now 261 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, with the majority of them on ventilators. Of those 263, the province says that 203 patients are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.

Schlegel Villages, which manages long-term care and retirement homes around Ontario, issued a news release Sunday afternoon announcing five new COVID-19 deaths at two different facilities: Erin Meadows in Mississauga and Humber Heights in Etobicoke.

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In the Simcoe Muskoka region, there are now 54 reported recoveries, 47 people self-isolating, 19 isolated at Bradford Valley, 11 people hospitalized, and eight deaths linked to COVID-19.

More than 430 nursing home staff members have been infected with COVID-19, accounting for nearly half the 954 health care workers who have contracted the new coronavirus thus far. The information in the provincial list is provided by local health units and updated at 4 p.m. daily, though daily updates have not always been posted.

The health unit is aware of 682 tests submitted locally.

The Porcupine Health Unit has the highest rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 population among other health units in Northern Ontario.

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