Ontario reports more than 1,400 new COVID-19 cases
TORONTO -- Ontario is reporting more than 1,400 new cases of COVID-19 following a record-breaking weekend of daily-reported cases and deaths.
Health officials reported 1,487 cases on Monday, marking an increase from Sunday’s 1,248 infections.
This is the 11th straight day in which Ontario has reported case counts in the quadruple digits.
Ontario saw a record number of daily-reported cases on Saturday, with 1,581 new infections. There were 1,396 cases of the novel coronavirus reported on Friday and 1,575 infections logged on Thursday.
The province is also logging 10 more deaths related to COVID-19. The deaths come a day after Ontario reported the highest death toll since mid-June (29).
According to Monday’s epidemiology report, the majority of infections continue to be in people between the ages of 20 and 60.
Nine hundred and seventy-four of the 1,487 COVID-19 cases logged Monday are within that age group. There were 213 cases in people under the age of 20 and 302 in those over the age of 60.
There are at least 500 people being treated in Ontario hospitals for COVID-19, with at least 125 of those patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). Seventy of the ICU patients are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.
The province also says the number of hospitalizations is an underestimation as about 40 hospitals did not submit their data over the weekend..
“We anticipate the number of hospitalized patients may increase when reporting compliance increases,” the report says.
According to the province, once there are more than 150 COVID-19 patients being treated in the ICU, other non-COVID-19 care and scheduled surgeries can be impacted.
The total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario now stands at 95,496, including deaths and recoveries.
The seven-day rolling average of infections now stands at 1,443, up from 1,105 just one week prior.
Where are the COVID-19 cases in Ontario?
The majority of COVID-19 cases logged on Monday were found in the Greater Toronto Area.
There were 508 infections in Toronto, 392 in Peel Region and 170 in York Region.
Provincial officials said that 40 additional cases in Toronto from Saturday were not included in the tally due to a technical error. The Ministry of Health says that this has resulted in an underestimation of the daily case counts.
Other public health units that reported more than 10 cases of COVID 19 include Ottawa (51), Durham Region (45), Simcoe-Muskoka (35), Windsor (14), Hamilton (35), Niagara Region (19), Halton Region (46), Region of Waterloo (67) and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (14).
Three other regions in Ontario have now joined Toronto and Peel Region in the “red” zone of the province’s tiered framework for COVID-19 shutdowns.
The “red” zone public health measures are now in effect in Hamilton, Halton Region and York Region.
Meanwhile, Toronto Mayor John Tory said over the weekend that officials are considering further restrictions in the city as it grapples with the spread of COVID-19.
The city has already implemented its own health measures on top of the mandated "red" zone rules, including banning of indoor dining and fitness classes.
COVID-19 testing in Ontario
The province has processed 33,351 COVID-19 tests in the last 24 hours. The Ministry of Health says that the positivity rate in Ontario is at 4.1 per cent.
There are more than 16,000 tests under investigation.
Ontario has conducted more than 5.6 million COVID-19 tests since the pandemic was declared.