Ontario reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases since early May
TORONTO -- Ontario’s daily COVID-19 case count has risen to numbers unseen since the height of the pandemic in May when more than 500 cases were reported.
Health officials reported 478 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, which is the highest daily total since May 2 when 511 cases were confirmed.
The province also reported that three more people have died due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 2,832.
The new infections bring the province’s total number of lab-confirmed infections to 47,752, including 41,342 recoveries and the deaths.
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Tuesday that 68 per cent (324) of the new cases involved people under the age of 40.
Ninety-nine were between the ages of 40 and 59 and 42 were between the ages of 60 and 70. Twelve people over the age of 80 were part of Tuesday’s case count.
Where are Ontario's new COVID-19 cases?
Most of the new cases are again primarily in Ottawa, Toronto and Peel Region.
Health officials confirmed that Toronto reported 153 new infections, Ottawa reported 90 new infections and Peel Region reported 95 new infections.
Sixteen new cases were also reported in Durham Region and 27 new cases each were reported in York Region and Waterloo.
Twelve cases each were reported in Middlesex-London area, Hamilton and Halton Region.
There are currently 82 patients in an Ontario hospital with COVID-19, and 24 of them are being treated in an intensive care unit. Eleven of those patients are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.
Testing for COVID-19 in Ontario
According to Elliott, more than 32,400 tests for COVID-19 were processed in the last recorded 24-hour period.
Nearly 40,000 tests currently remain under investigation in the province.
Back on May 2, when the province reported more than 500 new cases of the disease in a single day, 16,305 tests were conducted in the same time period.
More than 3.6 million COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Ontario since the virus reached the province in late January.