Ontario reported an additional 149 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, a relative decrease after two straight days with new case numbers not seen since late July.
The drop, though, comes as the number of test samples for the novel coronavirus processed by the province’s labs fell below 18,000 for first time since August 5 — also a Wednesday following a long weekend.
Ontario has consistently logged daily testing figures in the mid-20,000 range, on average, since June, though decreases in the days immediately after long weekends have been common throughout the pandemic.
In today’s report, Toronto, Peel and Ottawa were once again of particular note with 50, 41 and 16 newly confirmed infections, respectively. York Region also saw another 13.
Twenty-eight of Ontario’s 34 public health units saw five or fewer additional cases, while 21 of those 28 had none, Health Minister Christine Elliott noted in a series of tweets.
There have now been 43,685 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario since the outbreak began in late January. Of those, around 90 per cent are considered resolved. An additional 136 infections were marked resolved in today’s report.
There are about 1,540 confirmed, active cases of the illness provincewide.
Meanwhile, Ontario’s official COVID-19 death toll stayed steady for a fourth straight day, with just two deaths reported so far in September. A CBC News count based on data provided directly from public health units, a measure that helps avoid lag times in the provincial reporting system, puts the real current toll at 2,854.
— Information from CBC News was used in this report.