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Ontario wastewater shows increase in virus, COVID stats steady

COVID-19 indicators steady with little increase or decrease over the past few weeks

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Ontario have remained relatively steady over the last three weeks.

There were approximately 5,073 new cases confirmed between June 7 and 14, which is about even with the 5,319 cases confirmed between May 29 and June 4. For June 16, the province reported 777 new cases. 

The number of severe cases resulting in hospitalization and deaths is also down with between two and six deaths per day during the week of June 1-7, compared to eight to 13 deaths per day between May 11 and 18. 

The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 has decreased over the last 30 days from about 62 new hospitalizations on May 17, to fewer than 25 per day over the last two weeks. 

There are currently 109 patients in Ontario ICUs because of COVID-related critical illness, including 45 patients on ventilators. There are 491 people hospitalized in the province with COVID-19, and of those, about 42 per cent were admitted because of COVID, and the remaining patients were admitted for other reasons but test positive for COVID-19. 

Since March 2020, 1,315,224 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Ontario. Of those cases, 13,357 have ended in death, and 1,293,690 cases are considered resolved. Deaths are reported only where COVID was the cause, or contributed to, the death.

According to the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, the presence of the virus causing COVID-19 in wastewater sampling is starting to increase. 

However, there is, historically, a five- to seven-day lag between the detection of the virus gene copies in wastewater samples and the diagnosis and reporting of COVID-19 cases. 

Erika Engel

About the Author: Erika Engel

Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter and editor. She has 15 years of experience as a local journalist
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