The province reports the highest increase in new cases since early June
Ontario reported 315 new COVID-19 cases on September 16, marking the second time this week daily cases rose above 300.
The province is continuing to see an upward trend in new infections. Today’s number is the highest single-day increase since early June and the largest spike this week.
On Monday, public health officials confirmed 313 new infections in a 24-hour period.
The Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa are continuing to lead the province in new infections.
Toronto reported 77 new cases, Ottawa had 61, Peel Region had 54, York Region had 37 and Durham confirmed 24.
Medical labs in the province completed 28,761 tests.
“Locally, 25 [public health units] are reporting five or fewer cases with 12 reporting no new cases,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said. “Hospitalizations, ICU admissions and vented patients continue to remain essentially stable.”
Younger people continue to drive COVID-19 case growth. Elliott said 64 per cent of today’s infections were in people under the age of 40 – a slight decline over the previous days.
Two more people have died in the past 24 hours.
To date, there have been 45,383 COVID-19 cases in Ontario, including 40,245 resolved cases – an increase of 154 since yesterday – and 2,822 deaths.
The following regions in Ontario reported five or more COVID-19 cases:
Toronto = 77
Ottawa = 61
Peel Region = 54
York Region = 27
Durham Region = 24
Windsor-Essex = 10
Halton Region = 8
Region of Waterloo = 8
Simcoe-Muskoka = 6
Middlesex-London = 5