Continued uptick in COVID cases as health minister notes ongoing demand for testing

Number of tests run back up following slight decline after long weekend

Public Health Ontario confirmed 170 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, an increase from Wednesday’s 149, but still a decline from earlier in the week.

Thursday’s announcement comes with news there were nearly 25,000 tests run in a day, following a decline in testing not just in Simcoe County, but throughout Ontario.

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“This is something we usually tend to see at the beginning of the week, and being a long weekend, I guess it was delayed a bit,” Health Minister Christine Elliott told Barrie 360 over the phone Thursday morning. “The dip in numbers at the beginning of a week doesn’t surprise me, it’s been that way for months now.”

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“We are still seeing a number of people go in for a test,” she added. “There are long lineups out there, so I think people are still going in to be tested.”

“We’ve got a great team of people who are working in a variety of locations with Public Health Ontario labs,” Minister Elliott continued. “We’re minimizing the times between testing and test results as much as possible.”

Thursday’s report from Public Health Ontario showed 142 recoveries since Wednesday’s update, along with one life lost, the first death due to COVID-19 in four days.