Ontario reports 548 new cases of COVID-19

Single-day infections drop over the previous day as testing switches to appointment only

Ontario reported 548 new cases of COVID-19 on October 6, down over the previous day’s increase.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter that labs completed more than 42,000 tests in the past 24 hours, an increase from yesterday.

“Locally, there are 201 new cases in Toronto, 90 in Peel, 62 in Ottawa and 56 in York Region,” she said.

Seven more people have died in the past day, up from five deaths on Monday.

Sixty-one per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40 and another 546 cases are now resolved, she added.

Hospitalizations continue to rise. There are 192 COVID-19 patients in hospital, including 41 in intensive care and 26 on ventilators.

Active cases dropped slightly from 5,474 on Monday to 5,469 on Tuesday.

Ontario reported 615 cases on Monday, 566 on Sunday, 653 on Saturday and a new high of 732 on Friday.

To date, there have been 55,362 known cases of the virus in the province. Of those, 46,906 are resolved and 2,987 people have died.

The province began appointment-only testing on Tuesday, a shift in protocol to prevent long lineups in winter, allow centres to be deep cleaned and give labs the chance to process a backlog in tests.

The testing backlog dropped to 55,483 on Tuesday.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on October 6

The following regions are reporting five or more cases of COVID-19:

Toronto = 201

Peel Region = 90

Ottawa = 62

York Region = 56

Halton Region = 30

Region of Waterloo = 21

Niagara Region = 17

City of Hamilton = 15

Eastern Ontario = 13

Durham Region = 12

Simcoe Muskoka = 10

Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington = 6


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