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The province's daily case count passes 1,000 for the second time this week and nine more people have died
Ontario reported 1,015 new cases of COVID-19 and nine more deaths on October 31.
Today’s count marks the second time daily case growth has passed the 1,000 mark this week. Ontario’s seven-day average for new infections is now at an all-time high of 914.
Four hot spots accounted for nearly 800 cases.
“Locally, there are 325 new cases in Toronto, 282 in Peel, 94 in Ottawa and 88 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliot said on Twitter. “There are 798 more resolved cases and over 41,900 tests completed.”
The province’s positivity rate for tests is 2.4 per cent and there is a backlog of more than 36,000 test specimens.
There are now 7,877 active cases of the virus in the province.
Hospitalizations remain steady at 320, with 73 patients in intensive care and 54 on ventilators.
To date, there have been 75,730 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those, 64,717 are resolved and 3,136 people have died.
Premier Doug Ford said on Friday he has asked the health team come up with a plan to lift modified Stage 2 restrictions in the hot spot regions that would allow businesses to reopen safely.
Ontario implemented modified Stage 2 lockdown measures for 28 days that forced the closure of restaurants and gyms in Toronto, Ottawa, Peel and York.
Provincial modelling numbers released this week show daily cases remaining in the 800-1,200 range through November, though case growth is projected to slow down.
Daily case growth is higher than in the spring lockdown period, but the number of hospitalizations is lower.
The following regions reported five or more cases of COVID-19:
Peel Region = 282
Ottawa = 94
York Region = 88
City of Hamilton = 41
Halton Region = 31
Niagara Region = 23
Durham Region = 23
Region of Waterloo = 22
Simcoe Muskoka = 20
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 13
Windsor-Essex = 10
Eastern Ontario = 6
Grey Bruce = 6
Middlesex-London = 6
Huron Perth = 5