Ontario Reports 1,873 New COVID-19 Cases, 17 More Deaths, Record Number of Tests Processed

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Ontario is reporting more than 1,800 new cases of COVID-19 and a record number of tests completed in the past 24 hours.

On Saturday, the province recorded 1,873 new cases of the virus and 17 more deaths, a notable drop in deaths from the second wave of 45 deaths recorded yesterday.

Today marks the fourth day in a row that the province has recorded more than 1,800 new cases of the virus.

The province registered 1,848 new infections on Friday and a record 1,983 on Thursday.

Provincial health officials processed 65,260 tests in the past 24 hours, breaking Friday’s record of 63,051 tests.

There are currently 67,654 tests under investigation.

Despite the increase in testing, the province’s positivity rate remains unchanged at 3.2%, according to provincial health officials.

The seven-day moving average of new cases in the province is now 1,874 compared to 1,763 a week ago.

Most cases continue to occur in the Greater Toronto Area.

“Locally, there are 522 new cases in Toronto, 436 in Peel, 185 in York Region and 109 in Hamilton. There are 1,918 other resolved cases, ”tweeted Health Minister Christine Elliott.

Toronto, Peel and Hamilton all saw an overnight increase in new cases on Saturday, while York and Windsor-Essex both reported declines in new infections compared to a day ago.

The provincial government announced Friday that York and Windsor-Essex would enter the gray level of “lockdown” of the province’s COVID-19 response framework on Monday to curb the spread of the virus.

The Toronto and Peel region went into lockdown on November 23 for at least 28 days.

Elsewhere in the GTA, Durham Region recorded 80 new cases, up from 91 on Friday, while Halton recorded 47 new infections, a decrease of 10 from a day ago.

Meanwhile, Ottawa has seen a notable drop with 19 new cases compared to 59 on Friday.

The Ottawa Hospital, along with the University Health Network in Toronto, are the first two sites in the province to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines, which are expected to be administered to healthcare professionals on Tuesday.

As cases continue to rise in the province, the number of deaths is also rising, approaching the 4,000 mark. The death toll in Ontario now stands at 3,933.

Of those deaths, nine were residents of long-term care homes, down from 29 deaths at those facilities a day ago.

There are currently 128 active outbreaks of the virus in long-term care homes across the province, relatively unchanged from yesterday.

In Ontario, there are 16,221 active cases of COVID-19, compared to 16,283 on Friday.

To date, there have been more than 138,500 cases of the novel coronavirus in the province since January and 118,350 recoveries.

Hospitalizations continue to rise amid a second wave of the virus in Ontario.

Currently, 855 people are being treated for the virus in Ontario hospitals, up from 808 a day ago. Of these hospitalizations, 237 are currently in intensive care units and 143 are breathing using a ventilator.

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