Active cases and hospitalizations rise as Ontario switches to appointment-only testing
Ontario reported 615 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and five more deaths, bringing the province’s total case count to to 54,814.
The province reported 566 new cases on Sunday, 653 on Saturday and a new high of 732 on Friday.
Almost half of all new cases are still occurring in Toronto, with 289 reported. There are 88 new infections in Ottawa and 81 in Peel.
“Fifty-eight per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40,” health minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.
In the past 24 hours, 38,196 tests were completed, with a testing backlog of 68,006 still remaining – a drop from yesterday’s backlog of almost 79,000.
Monday marks the first day testing across the province can be done by appointment only in an effort to get a handle on the backlog of tests.
Some people are already reporting on social media that testing centres near them are booked up for multiple days in a row.
As the number of new infections continues to rise, Toronto Public Health has scaled back contact tracing to focus on congregate settings such as long-term care homes, schools and shelters.
The province’s active case count is at 5,474, up from 5,405 the day before.
Hospitalizations increased from 169 to 176 patients, and from 41 to 43 patients in intensive care. There are currently 26 patients on ventilators.
A total of 541 more cases were resolved in the past 24 hours, bringing the province to a total of 46,360 resolved cases. There have been 2,980 deaths.
The following regions are reporting five or more cases of COVID-19:
Toronto = 289
Peel = 88
Ottawa = 81
York Region = 47
Halton Region = 26
Region of Waterloo = 15
Durham Region = 10
Simcoe Muskoka = 9
Niagara Region = 9
Middlesex-London = 8
City of Hamilton = 6
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 5