Ontario reports 1,210 new COVID-19 cases, 28 more deaths
Ontario reported another 1,210 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and 28 more deaths linked to the illness.
The new cases include 361 in Peel Region, 346 in Toronto and 143 in York Region. Speaking yesterday, Premier Doug Ford suggested that more stringent restrictions are likely to be introduced for the three areas as early as tomorrow.
The figure today is down from 1,575 last Thursday, dropping the seven-day average to 1,369 — the lowest it has been since Nov. 13 and a third straight day of decreases. It is notable that brief drops also happened in October, before cases once again began surging upward.
Other public health units that saw double-digit increases were:
- Durham Region: 57
- Ottawa: 37
- Hamilton: 37
- Halton Region: 35
- Waterloo Region: 28
- Simcoe Muskoka: 27
- Windsor: 24
- Niagara: 21
- Middlesex London: 19
- Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph: 11
- Grey Bruce: 10
There are currently 12,628 confirmed, active infections of the novel coronavirus provincewide, 194 fewer than yesterday. It’s the second straight day the number of active cases has declined after about a month of climbing upward.
The newly confirmed infections in today’s come as Ontario’s labs processed 41,838 tests. The province reported a test positivity rate of 4.1 per cent.
It is unclear what effect the temporary closure of a major testing centre in Brampton on Monday and Tuesday may have had on the number of newly confirmed cases today. Damage from a wind storm forced William Osler Health System to briefly shut down the assessment site South Fletcher’s Sportsplex, though it reopened yesterday.
The number of people in Ontario hospitals with confirmed cases of COVID-19 fell nine down to 526. Admissions to intensive care, however, jumped considerably up to 146, an increase of 19. Of those, 88 people — 10 more than yesterday — are on ventilators.
News Credit: cbc.ca