Provincial health officials are now reporting 232 new cases of the virus, up from 213 reported on Friday and 170 confirmed on Thursday,
Ontario has seen a surge in new infections over the past week and the five-day moving average of new cases in the province is now 190, down from 148 a week ago.
The recent surge in new infections in the province comes after daily cases in Ontario fell to double digits for a full week in early August.
Today’s number of cases is also the highest since June 29, when 257 new cases were reported.
The last time new infections in Ontario were this high and rising was in late March.
The number of active cases in Ontario also continues to increase.
With just 119 other cases resolved today, the number of active COVID-19 infections in the province now stands at 1,769, up from 1,657 on Friday and 1,567 on Thursday.
In August, active cases in the province were consistently below 1,000.
The highest number of new cases today were reported in Toronto (77), Peel Region (62) and Ottawa (27).
“Locally, 27 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, and 14 have not reported any new cases,” Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted on Saturday. “Hospitalizations, intensive care admissions and evacuees have all declined today. ”
There are now 43 patients infected with COVID-19 receiving treatment in Ontario hospitals and 12 of those patients are currently in intensive care.
More than 35,000 tests have been processed in the last 24 hours, compared to 32,500 performed the day before.
Elliott has confirmed that nearly 70% of all new cases have been in people under the age of 40.
New cases in the GTA:
Peel Region: 62
York Region: 12
Durham Region: 10
Halton Region: 3