Ontario reports record increase of 978 new COVID-19 cases

Hospitalizations increase by 18, with 4 more patients admitted to ICUs and 6 more patients on ventilators

COVID-19 tests in a laboratory. (Stock photo)

Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.

Today, Ontario is reporting 978 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day increase in the province since the pandemic began. The only other time Ontario’s daily cases exceeded 900 was on October 9, when 939 new cases were reported.

Most of the new cases are in the province’s four urban hotspots: Toronto (348), Peel (170), York (141), and Ottawa (89). However, there have also been substantial increases in Durham (51) and Eastern Ontario Health Unit (43).

There are smaller increases in Simcoe Muskoka (23), Halton (21), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (15), Waterloo (14), Hamilton (10), Niagara (10), Brant County (9), and Middlesex-London (8), with new outbreaks in Renfrew County (8) and Leeds, Grenville & Lanark (6). Only 18 public health units are reporting 5 or fewer cases, with 9 health units reporting no cases at all.

Of today’s cases, 51% are among people under the age of 40. With 625 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has decreased by 0.3% to 85.7%. The positivity rate is unavailable on weekends.

There have been 6 new deaths, including 2 in long-term care homes. The number of hospitalizations has jumped by 18 to 294, with 4 more patients admitted to ICUs and 6 additional patients on ventilators. A total of 44,151 tests were completed yesterday, and the backlog of tests under investigation has decreased by 4,514 to 30,922.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there are no new cases to report in Peterborough. Reports are unavailable on weekends for Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, Haliburton, and Hastings and Prince Edward counties.

There are currently 16 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, including 7 in Peterborough, 7 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, 1 in Kawartha Lakes, and 1 in Northumberland.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 141 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (132 resolved with 2 deaths), 185 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (165 resolved with 32 deaths), 46 in Northumberland County (44 resolved with 1 death), 19 in Haliburton County (19 resolved with no deaths), and 73 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (61 resolved with 5 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Northumberland on September 8.

Province-wide, there have been 69,331 confirmed cases, an increase of 978 from yesterday, with 59,424 (85.7% of all cases) resolved, an increase of 625. There have been 3,086 deaths, an increase of 6 from yesterday, with 1,989 deaths in long-term care homes, an increase of 2 from yesterday. The number of hospitalizations has increased by 18 to 294, with 4 more patients admitted to ICUs and 6 new patients on ventilators. A total of 4,870,002 tests have been completed, an increase of 44,151 from yesterday, with 30,922 tests under investigation, a decrease of 4,514 from yesterday.

This report is based on data supplied by the province’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS), as well as any additional information supplied by health units. This information is at least 24 hours old, so it is not real-time data. Note that each health unit reports the information in a different way.

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Peterborough Public Health

Peterborough Public Health’s service area is the City and County of Peterborough and the Hiawatha and Curve Lake First Nations.

The health unit provides daily reports, including on weekends.

Confirmed positive: 141 (no change)
Active cases: 7 (no change)
Deaths: 2 (no change)
Resolved: 132 (no change)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 9 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 33,700 (increase of 150)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

 

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit’s service area is the City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County, and Haliburton County.

The health unit provides reports from Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. These numbers are from October 23.

Confirmed positive: 250, including 185 in Kawartha Lakes, 46 in Northumberland, 19 in Haliburton (increase of 2, 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland)
Probable cases: 0 (no change)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 15 (no change)
Deaths: 33 (no change)
Resolved: 228, including 165 in Kawartha Lakes, 44 in Northumberland, 19 in Haliburton (increase of 1, in Kawartha Lakes)
Active cases: 2 (increase of 2, 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

 

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health’s service area is Hastings County (including Bancroft) and Prince Edward County.

The health unit provides reports from Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. These numbers are from October 23.

Confirmed positive: 73 (no change)
Active cases: 7 (decrease of 3)
Deaths: 5 (no change)
Hospitalized: 0 (no change)
Hospitalized and in ICU: 0 (no change)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 0 (no change)
Resolved: 61 (increase of 3)
Total tests completed: 44,968 (increase of 524)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 69,331 (increase of 978)
Resolved: 59,424 (increase of 625, 85.7% of all cases)
Hospitalized: 294 (increase of 18)
Hospitalized and in ICU: 82 (increase of 4)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 53 (increase of 6)
Deaths: 3,086 (increase of 6)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 1,989 (increase of 2)
Total tests completed: 4,870,002 (increase of 44,151)
Tests under investigation: 30,922 (decrease of 4,514)

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario from September 23 - October 23, 2020. The red line is the number of new cases reported daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of new cases. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
New COVID-19 cases in Ontario from September 23 – October 23, 2020. The red line is the number of new cases reported daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of new cases. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 tests completed in Ontario from September 23 - October 23,2020. The red line is the number of tests completed daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of tests completed. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 tests completed in Ontario from September 23 – October 23,2020. The red line is the number of tests completed daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of tests completed. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)

 

For more information about COVID-19 in Ontario, visit covid-19.ontario.ca.

This story has been updated with the October 24 update from Peterborough Public Health.

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