New COVID-19 cases in Ontario reach highest mark ever
TORONTO -- Ontario has reached a grim milestone as the province reports the highest daily COVID-19 case count since the beginning of the pandemic.
Health officials reported 700 new infections on Monday, breaking the previous high of 624 cases on April 24.
One COVID-19-related death was recorded in the last 24-hour period and 331 cases of the disease are now considered to be resolved by the province.
Monday’s report brings the total number of infections in Ontario to 50,531, including 2,840 deaths and 43,127 recoveries.
Nearly half (317) of the new cases reported Monday are in people between the ages of 20 and 39. That age group accounts for most of Ontario’s lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases at 17,317.
183 cases were recorded in people between the ages of 40 and 59, while 101 new infections were reported in people 19 years of age and younger.
Eighty-seven new cases are in people between the ages of 60 and 79 and 15 new cases were documented in people 80 years of age and older.
Most new cases reported in Toronto
Infections in Toronto make up the bulk of the new cases added on Monday.
The city reported 344 new cases, more than double the amount added a day earlier.
Peel Region also recorded new cases in the triple digits with 104 new infections. Another 89 cases were reported in Ottawa and 56 cases in York Region. Four other public health units are also reporting new cases in the double digits.
Meanwhile, several regions are reporting fewer than five new cases with some reporting no new cases at all.
There are 128 people in an Ontario hospital being treated for COVID-19 symptoms, though approximately 40 hospitals did not report patient data.
Of those 128 patients, 29 are being treated in an intensive care unit, 17 of which are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.
Update on COVID-19 testing
The province completed 41,111 tests for COVID-19 in the last recorded 24-hour period.
So far, 3,849,337 tests have been processed across the province since the beginning of the pandemic.
There are currently 49,586 tests under investigation, down significantly from the backlog of 65,061 reported on Sunday.
Daily testing for the disease in Ontario has grown significantly over the past few months. Back on April 24, there were 12,295 tests conducted in a 24-hour period.