Toronto's daily case count passes the 700 mark as hospitalizations jump
Ontario reports 1,707 new cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths on December 1.
Today’s case count is down slightly from the previous day. However, the low number of tests completed – around 34,600 – pushed the positivity rate up to 4.9 per cent.
Toronto also hit a record-high for a single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases with 727. That’s higher than the previous single-day record of 622 yesterday.
“Locally, there are 727 new cases in Toronto, 373 in Peel and 168 in York Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter. “There are 1,373 more resolved cases.”
The province confirmed 1,746 new infections on Monday, 1,708 on Sunday, 1,822 on Saturday and an all-time high of 1,855 on Friday.
Testing dropped by about 5,000 over the previous day and continues to fall short of the daily target of 50,000. Ontario medical labs broke records over the weekend, completing upwards of 55,000 tests in a 24-hour period.
The number of patients in hospital jumped from 618 to 645. There are 185 people in intensive care and 112 on ventilators.
Of today’s deaths, six were residents of long-term care homes. To date, the virus has killed a total of 3,663 people in Ontario since the outbreak began.
The following regions reported five or more cases of COVID-19:
Toronto = 727
Peel Region = 373
York Region = 168
Durham Region = 72
Region of Waterloo = 61
City of Hamilton = 58
Windsor-Essex = 47
Halton Region = 47
Simcoe Muskoka = 36
Ottawa = 34
Niagara Region = 15
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 13
Grey Bruce = 12
Huron Perth = 8
Brant County = 8
Eastern Ontario = 7
Hastings Prince Edward County = 6
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge = 6
Thunder Bay = 5