Ontario reports 566 new cases of COVID-19

To date, there have been more than 54,000 cases of the virus in the province

Ontario reported 566 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, along with four additional deaths.

The province detected 653 new cases on Saturday, a record high of 732 on Friday and 538 on Thursday.

Toronto reported 196 new cases, a significant drop from Saturday’s count of 284. Peel and Ottawa continue to be the other two provincial hot spots, with Peel at 123 new cases and Ottawa reporting 81.

Health minister Christine Elliott wrote on Twitter that 62 per cent of new cases on Sunday are among people under the age of 40.

Active cases are still on the rise; there are currently 5,405 active cases, up from Saturday’s 5,380 cases.

The province conducted 39,661 tests in the past 24 hours, making the positivity rate around 1.4 per cent. The backlog of tests dropped from over 91,000 to 78,953.

“Due to a data review at [Toronto Public Health], a number of cases and deaths that occurred in the spring or summer are being reported today,” Elliott said.

Three additional deaths are being reported from the spring and summer on top of four from the past 24 hours.

There are currently 169 patients hospitalized due to COVID-19, an increase of 14 from Saturday’s 155 hospitalizations. Patients in intensive care remain stable at 41.

To date, there have been 54,199 total cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, including 45,819 resolved cases – an increase of 534 from yesterday.

There have been 2,975 deaths.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on October 4

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

Toronto = 196

Peel = 123

Ottawa = 81

York Region = 42

Halton Region = 25

Niagara Region = 17

Region of Waterloo = 14

Durham Region = 13

Simcoe Muskoka = 7

Middlesex-London = 7

Windsor-Essex = 7

City of Hamilton = 6

Eastern Ontario = 6


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