Ontario reports highest spike in COVID-19 cases since July 31

The uptick is due to localized increases in Windsor-Essex, Toronto and Peel

Ontario reported 125 new COVID-19 cases on August 18, the highest single-day increase since late July.

On July 31, provincial public health officials confirmed 134 new infections.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said the uptick is largely due to “localized increases” in Peel, Toronto and Windsor-Essex.

Toronto reported 28 new infections, Peel had 17 and Windsor-Essex confirmed 28.

She added that 27 of Ontario’s 34 public health units are still reporting five or fewer cases, with 16 of them reporting no new cases.

Ontario reported 99 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, 81 on Sunday, 106 on Saturday and 92 on Friday.

Medical labs processed 23,067 tests since yesterday and another 16,000 cases are under investigation.

The province also reported four more deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 2,793.

Another 90 patients have recovered. To date, Ontario has confirmed 40,870 cases and 37,126 of those patients – or 90.8 per cent – are now resolved.

As of August 18, there are 41 patients in Ontario hospitals with COVID-19. Of those, 15 people are in intensive care and 10 in intensive care on ventilators.

Ontario’s new COVID-19 cases on August 18:

The following regions reported more than five COVID-19 cases:

Windsor-Essex = 28

Toronto = 27

Peel = 17

Waterloo = 12

Ottawa = 8

Southwestern = 7

City of Hamilton = 6


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