Yesterday the province's Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams said Ontario's rate of new positive cases each day continues to plateau with a gradual downward slope.
Over the last week, the province has reported an average of 366 new cases of COVID-19 each day, though the number has been as low as 294 and as high as 477 during that time.
It has been hard for people with mild or moderate symptoms to get testing, with chief federal public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam warning the actual number of cases across the country are far higher than official tallies.
Today, after more than two weeks of watching numbers decline steadily (with a few moderate spikes along the way), Premier Doug Ford's government is expected to announce what Stage One of his administration's reopening plan for Ontario's economy will look like. Not that I wouldn't be surprised if tomorrow it went up again.
Meanwhile, 16,204 people have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 75 per cent of cases.
There were 27 more deaths in people who had contracted the virus on Thursday, which is the lowest number since April 26 and far off the record 86 deaths the province saw on April 30.
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The death toll has risen to 1,825 as 27 more deaths were reported.
A long-term care home may require management assistance if they face challenges like a high number of cases among residents or staff, a high number of deaths, an outbreak that has not yet been resolved, significant staffing issues or outstanding requirements from infection prevention and control assessments. There are now outbreaks in 26 long-term care homes, retirement residences, and hospitals, and 553 residents in these facilities have tested positive for the virus.
There 2,501 LTC residents confirmed to have the virus and 1,668 staff.
A total of 18,354 tests were conducted by the province on Thursday, up from 17,429 on Wednesday. That is up one from the previous day.
5,118 people are 20 to 39 (23.8 per cent).