The province reports a drop in new infections and more than 35,000 tests completed
Ontario reported 335 new cases of COVID-19 on September 23, a big drop following Tuesday’s five-month high.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said labs completed more than 35,400 tests in the past 24 hours.
Toronto, Peel and Ottawa continued to lead the province in new cases, and the majority of today’s new infections – 69 per cent – are once again in people under age 40, Elliott added.
Three more people have died since yesterday.
COVID-19 is rapidly accelerating in Ontario and in most parts of Canada, federal officials warned this week.
Ontario reported 478 new infections on Tuesday, 425 cases on Monday and 365 cases on Sunday.
There are 88 people in hospital, including 24 in intensive care and nine on ventilators.
To date, there have been 48,087 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, including 41,600 resolved cases – an increase of 258 since yesterday. The virus has killed 2,835 Ontarians.
On Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford announced the first part of his government’s fall preparedness plan would be a massive flu immunization campaign.
The province has also rolled back social gathering limits for indoor and outdoor events and paused easing restrictions on its phased reopening plan amid the surge in new cases.
Also on Tuesday, Canada’s top public health official Theresa Tam said the country is at a “crossroads” in the epidemic. She urged Canadians to re-adopt social distancing measures from the spring to prevent COVID-19 from spreading uncontrollably.
Ontario is reporting 335 cases of #COVID19 as more than 35,400 tests were completed. Locally, there are 102 new cases in Toronto with 79 in Peel and 65 in Ottawa. 69% of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40.— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) September 23, 2020
The following regions in Ontario reported five or more COVID-19 cases:
Toronto = 102
Peel Region = 79
Ottawa = 65
York Region = 30
Halton Region = 15
Region of Waterloo = 13
Simcoe Muskoka = 9
Niagara Region = 8
City of Hamilton = 5