New infections and hospitalization rise, but active cases in the province have declined
Ontario reported 583 new COVID-19 cases on October 7, a rise over the previous day.
However, active cases in the province continued to decline.
In the past 24 hours, 707 people recovered from the virus. There are now 5,344 active cases in the province, down from 5,469 on Tuesday.
Medical labs processed more than 43,000 tests, up from yesterday. The backlog of tests is now 55,413 – similar to yesterday. The positivity rate is 1.3 per cent.
There has been one more death since yesterday.
To date, there have been 55,945 known cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. Of those, 47,613 are resolved and 2,988 people have died.
“Sixty per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.
There are 195 people in hospital, up from 192 on Tuesday and 176 on Monday. There are 43 patients in intensive care and 28 are on ventilators.
Earlier this week, the province changed its testing strategy from walk-in to appointment only. Government officials say the change will help clear the backlog of test specimens and allow Ontario’s 153 assessment centres to reset and deep clean.
Testing is also available at select pharmacies by appointment.
The following regions are reporting five or more cases of COVID-19:
Toronto = 173
Ottawa = 121
York Region = 75
Peel = 70
City of Hamilton = 25
Simcoe Muskoka = 23
Region of Waterloo = 17
Halton Region = 15
Durham Region = 12
Middlesex-London = 12
Niagara Region = 8
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 8
Eastern Ontario = 5