Ontario hits single-day high with 700 new COVID-19 cases

The province records the highest daily case count since the beginning of the pandemic, with half of the new infections in Toronto

Ontario reported 700 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the highest single-day total the province has seen since the beginning of the pandemic. 

The biggest 24-hour increase was previously on April 24 when the province confirmed 640 cases. 

Monday’s numbers are a steep jump from the weekend, with 491 new cases on Sunday and 435 on Saturday.

More than 41,100 tests were completed in the past 24 hours. In comparison, only 12,295 tests were completed on April 24, meaning a 5.2 per cent positivity rate. The positivity rate on Monday was 1.7 per cent.

Nearly half of today’s new infections were in Toronto.

“Locally, there are 344 new cases in Toronto with 104 in Peel, 89 in Ottawa and 56 in York Region. Sixty per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40,” health minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.

The current provincial active case count is 4,564, and there are 128 people hospitalized due to the virus, up from 112 on Sunday. 

There has been one additional death. 

The total case count in Ontario has now surpassed 50,000, reaching a total of 50,531 with 43,127 resolved. That’s an increase of 331 resolved cases from yesterday.

Public health officials have said private social gatherings are a significant source of transmission in the province. There have also been clusters in bars, restaurants and strip clubs.

Over the weekend, multiple Toronto restaurants and bars for breaking COVID-19 rules and others temporarily closed after reporting positive cases among staff.

The city has also closed Mason Road Junior Public School in Scarborough after three staffers and a student tested positive.

Number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario on September 28

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

Toronto = 344

Peel = 104

Ottawa = 89

York Region = 56

Niagara Region = 20

Halton Region = 15

Hamilton = 13

Simcoe Muskoka = 12

Region of Waterloo = 9

Middlesex-London = 9

Eastern Ontario = 7

Durham Region = 7


Comments (1)

  • Lorraine Gale September 28, 2020 11:17 PM

    With COVID19 cases rising so dramatically and so quickly at that same time that no new restrictions have been imposed, we are on a speedy slippery slope to disaster. Why on earth would the province hesitate to take action? How many more people have to get sick, or worse, die, before the province provides effective remedies? What is the priority here? People…or something else, like perhaps their wealthy buddies who worry about losing a few bucks? Or maybe they don’t care because the truth is that it is marginalized communities who are at substantially increased risk of COVID19 infection — Black, racialized, Indigenous, LGBT2SQ, lower-income communities, as well as those struggling with mental health challenges, for example. The reason they are at increased risk is due to structural barriers, like racism, homo/transphobia, poverty, and lack of access to esssential living conditions (housing, sufficient income, healthcare, pharmacare, decent employment). So part of the solution is indeed more restrictions, even if we don’t like them. AND a really big part of the solution to getting the numbers of COVID19 cases down and keeping them down is reducing barriers like racism, and increasing protective essential social conditions that would substantially reduce transmission and severity. This is the time for the broader community to come together for everyone and demand real, effective solutions, not just more bandaids.

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