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COVID-19 patients in intensive care have reached a record high for the province
Ontario reported 2,123 new cases of COVID-19 on December 21, marking a full week of cases over the 2,000 mark.
The province detected 2,316 new cases on Sunday, 2,357 on Saturday and 2,290 on Friday.
As cases continue to rise, the province is expected to announce a province-wide lockdown on Christmas Eve that will last at least a month in southern cities.
“Locally, there are 611 new cases in Toronto, 480 in Peel, 192 in York Region and 138 in Windsor-Essex County,” health minister Christine Elliott wrote on Twitter.
The seven-day rolling average for the province is now at 2,276.
There are currently 19,019 active cases in Ontario, and hospitalizations have now surpassed 900 again at 915 patients.
There are 265 patients in intensive care on December 21, the highest number the province has seen the beginning of the pandemic. Of those patients, 152 are on ventilators.
The province completed 54,505 tests in the past 24 hours, marking a 3.9 per cent positivity rate.
An additional 17 people have died in the past day, with Ontario Public health reporting all 17 are among long-term care residents. A total of 160 long-term care homes are currently in outbreak, up six from the day before.
School-related cases account for 154 of the new cases reported today, 119 among students and 35 among staff.
To date, there have been 158,053 total cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, including 134,867 resolved – up 1,654 from the day before. There have been 4,167 deaths.
The following regions reported five or more new cases of COVID-19:
Toronto = 611
Peel = 480
York Region = 192
Windsor-Essex County = 138
Region of Waterloo = 94
Halton Region = 92
Durham Region = 91
Niagara Region = 68
Middlesex-London = 64
Simcoe Muskoka District = 61
City of Hamilton = 36
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 33
Ottawa = 32
Southwestern = 21
Haldimand-Norfolk = 19
Brant County = 16
Eastern Ontario = 11
Thunder Bay District = 9
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District = 8
Lambton = 8
Grey Bruce = 6
Peterborough = 6
Hastings Prince Edward = 6
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington = 6