Ontario reports another record increase with 1,042 new COVID-19 cases, including 4 in Peterborough

Cases surge in Peel and York, all but 6 of province's 34 health units are reporting new cases

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario from September 24 - October 24, 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 24 - October 24, 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)

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

Today, Ontario is reporting 1,042 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day increase in the province since the pandemic began and eclipsing the previous record high of 978 new cases reported yesterday.

Cases continue to climb in the GTA, with most of today’s cases in Toronto (309) along with a surge of new cases in Peel (289) and York (117). There are smaller increases in Ottawa (80), Durham (52), Halton (31), Niagara (23), Waterloo (21), Eastern Ontario Health Unit (17), Simcoe Muskoka (16), Hamilton (13), Windsor-Essex (12), Middlesex-London (10), Chatham-Kent (9), and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (9).

The remaining 19 public health units are reporting 5 or fewer cases, with only 6 health units reporting no cases at all.

Of today’s cases, 56% are among people under the age of 40. With 736 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has decreased by 0.2% to 85.5%. The positivity rate is unavailable on weekends.

There have been 7 new deaths, with no new deaths in long-term care homes. Hospitalizations have decreased by 16 to 278, but this number is incomplete as 40 hospitals did not submit data for today’s report. Three fewer patients with COVID-19 are in ICUs, and 1 additional patient is on a ventilator. A total of 38,769 tests were completed yesterday, and the backlog of tests under investigation has decreased by 7,321 to 23,601.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 4 new cases to report in Peterborough. One additional previous case has been resolved, leaving 10 active cases in Peterborough. Reports are unavailable on weekends for Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, Haliburton, and Hastings and Prince Edward counties.

There are currently 19 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, including 10 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 145 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (133 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 70,373 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,042 from yesterday, with 60,160 (85.5% of all cases) resolved, an increase of 736. There have been 3,093 deaths, an increase of 7 from yesterday, with 1,989 deaths in long-term care homes (no change from yesterday). The number of hospitalizations has decreased by 16 to 278, but around 40 hospitals did not submit data for this report, so this number is incomplete. Three fewer patients are in ICUs, but 1 additional patient is on a ventilator. A total of 4,908,771 tests have been completed, an increase of 38,769 from yesterday, with 23,601 tests under investigation, a decrease of 7,321 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: 145 (increase of 4)
Active cases: 10 (increase of 3)
Deaths: 2 (no change)
Resolved: 133 (increase of 1)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 9 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 33,700 (no change)
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: 70,373 (increase of 1,042)
Resolved: 60,160 (increase of 736, 85.5% of all cases)
Hospitalized: 278 (decrease of 16)*
Hospitalized and in ICU: 73 (decrease of 3)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 54 (increase of 1)
Deaths: 3,093 (increase of 7)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 1,989 (no change)
Total tests completed: 4,908,771 (increase of 38,769)
Tests under investigation: 23,601 (decrease of 7,321)

*As is often observed on weekends, a number of hospitals (approximately 40) did not submit data to the Daily Bed Census for October 23. The number of hospitalized patients may increase when reporting compliance increases.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario from September 24 - October 24, 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 24 – October 24, 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 24 - October 24,2020. 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 24 – October 24,2020. 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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