Most of today's new infections are in Peel Region, Toronto and Ottawa
Ontario reported 132 new cases of COVID-19 on September 3, bringing the province’s total case count to 42,686.
Today’s number is a slight drop over yesterday and is the third-highest spike in new infections since late July.
The province had 132 new cases on Wednesday, 114 on Tuesday and 112 on Monday. There was a large spike on Saturday with 48 – the highest amount since July 24.
Medical labs completed 26,298 tests in the past day.
Public health officials did not report new deaths in the past 24 hours. To date, 2,812 people have died and 38,625 have recovered, up by 119 since yesterday.
Three regions had the most new infections.
“Peel is reporting 45 new cases, with 31 in Toronto and 22 in Ottawa,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said. “Every other public health unit is reporting five or fewer cases, with 18 units reporting no new cases.”
There are 60 patients in hospital, including 12 in intensive care and 9 on ventilators.
Today’s spike comes after Toronto Public Health officials warned on Wednesday that new COVID-19 infections are on the rise in the city.
Toronto’s COVID-19 cases are due to people bursting their social bubbles, bending rules and socializing indoors without masks on.
“Just this week we identified new infections amongst people socializing indoors without masks and at close distance,” the city’s Medical Officer of Health Eileen de Villa told reporters. “These are exactly the kind of situations that are contributing to virus spread in other parts of the country.”
The following regions in Ontario reported five or more COVID-19 cases:
Peel Region = 45
Toronto = 31
Ottawa = 22
Eastern Ontario = 5
York Region = 5
Middlesex-London = 5