This is the 16th day in a row that Ontario has reported the number of four-digit cases.
The rise in the number of new infections in a single day on Saturday marks a new record for the province, surpassing the record number of 1,581 cases last Saturday.
The province also reported that 21 more people have died from COVID-19, marking an increase in the number of deaths from the previous day, when health officials reported eight new deaths.
Seniors continue to be the age group hardest hit by the pandemic. According to the province’s epidemiology report, 13 of the 21 deaths recorded on Wednesday were residents of long-term care homes.
Since the start of the pandemic, of the 3,472 people who have died in Ontario from the disease, 2,409 were over 80 years old.
Provincial health officials estimated an additional 1,363 cases had been resolved as of Friday, bringing the total number of recovered patients in Ontario to 86,079.
The total number of laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario now stands at 102,378, including 3,472 deaths and 86,079 recoveries.
There are at least 513 people currently in Ontario hospitals due to COVID-19, and 146 of those patients are in an intensive care unit. Eighty-seven of them breathe using a ventilator.
Last week, CTV News Toronto obtained a report from Critical Care Services Ontario confirming that there were 150 patients in ICUs across the province due to the novel coronavirus.
The province has previously said that once the number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU reaches 150, it becomes more difficult to meet medical needs unrelated to the disease. Additionally, once 350 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care across the province, it becomes “impossible” to meet other medical needs.
Where are the cases of COVID-19 in Ontario?
On Saturday, Peel Region reported 522 new cases, Toronto 450 new cases and York Region 153.
There were also 36 new cases recorded in Ottawa, 56 in Durham Region, 47 in Windsor-Essex, 26 in Middlesex-London, 47 in Hamilton, 53 in Halton Region, 42 in Waterloo, 26 in Simcoe Muskoka , 23 in Brant County, 34 in the Niagara region and 19 in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.
Beginning Monday, Toronto and the Region of Peel will enter the province’s lockdown phase, which is the province’s last category under the COVID-19 tiered framework that guides the restrictions.
On Friday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that most non-essential businesses, including gyms, shopping malls and personal care services, will have to shut down in the two COVID-19 hot spots province for at least 28 days.
Most of the new COVID-19 cases reported on Saturday are in people under the age of 80.
There were 590 infections in people aged 20 to 39, at least 458 in people aged 40 to 59, and 230 in people aged 60 to 79. There have been 234 cases in people under the age of 19.
Test of COVID-19 in Ontario
Officials have processed 46,671 COVID-19 tests in the past 24 hours. The health ministry said the province’s positivity rate now stands at around 4.3% when factoring in duplicate testing and errors.
There are 43,047 COVID-19 tests still under investigation.
In total, Ontario has processed more than 5.8 million tests since the pandemic began in January.