COVID-19 on the rise again in long-term care facilities in Ontario

Some 40 homes in Ontario are reporting active outbreaks – that's seven more than yesterday – and 15 new cases among long-term care staff


Ontario is reporting 491 new cases of COVID-19. There are 137 new cases in Toronto. Some 12 new cases were admitted to the hospital.

There are 4,196 active cases in the province. Of those, 112 are in hospital and 28 in ICU, health minister Christine Elliott reported this morning.

Notably, the number of active cases of COVID-19 is also on the rise again in long-term care facilities. Some 40 homes in Ontario are reporting active outbreaks. That’s seven more than yesterday.

The number of active cases among health care workers in long-term facilities is up as well. There are now 109 cases, 15 more than were reported Saturday.

Ontario is also reporting fewer tests than yesterday – 42,509 compared to 43,238, which represents a high-water mark for the province.

The number of new daily cases have more than quadrupled since the first of the month. Ontario reported 112 new cases on September 1. That number jumped to 400-plus on September 18 and has been hovering around that mark since.

To date, there have been 49,831 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. And 2,839 deaths.

York, Ottawa, Peel and Toronto continue to experience the bulk of the new cases.

The number of new cases has been steadily rising since late May. The number of deaths from the virus has plateaued over that time.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Theresa Tam put an optimistic spin on the rising numbers in her daily update yesterday, “despite the very real concern of a large resurgence in areas where the virus is escalating.”

Tam is urging Canadians to be more diligent about personal protective measures and to reduce their number of close contacts.

But she also says there’s reason to be optimistic. Tam notes that the latest surge seems to be mostly attributable to large private gatherings. Tam says growth of the virus can be brought under control more easily if these cases can be traced before they enter the community at large. 

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