Ontario reports 712 new cases of COVID-19, nine deaths

Toronto, Ottawa and Peel continue to lead the province in new cases


Ontario reported 712 cases of COVID-19 and nine new deaths on October 16, a decline over the previous day.

Toronto, Ottawa and Peel continue to lead the province in new cases, with York and Halton close behind.

In the past day, there were 213 new cases in Toronto, 135 in Peel, 108 in Ottawa, 62 in York Region and 46 in Halton Region.

On Thursday, York Region reported 127 new infections – more than Ottawa and almost as many as Peel.

The concerning rise in York Region led the province to announce on Friday that modified Stage 2 lockdown measures will take effect there just after midnight on October 19.

Last weekend, the province imposed new pandemic restrictions on Toronto, Peel and Ottawa, including the closure of dining rooms, gyms and cinemas, amid surging infection rates.

Nine more people have died, including five long-term care home residents.

In the past day, labs in the province completed 38,500 tests. The testing backlog now stands at 37,155.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter that another 713 COVID-19 cases recovered in the past 24 hours.

There are 261 patients in hospital – up slightly over the previous day – with 67 in intensive care and 36 on ventilators.

The province recorded 783 new infections on Thursday, 746 on Tuesday, 807 on Monday and 649 on Sunday.

To date, there have been 62,908 cases of COVID-19 in the province. Of those, 54,004 have recovered and 3,031 people have died.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on October 16

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

Toronto = 213

Peel Region = 135

Ottawa = 108

York Region = 62

Halton Region = 46

Durham Region = 27

City of Hamilton = 22

Eastern Ontario = 18

Middlesex-London = 12

Windsor-Essex = 12

Region of Waterloo = 12

Simcoe Muskoka = 11

Lambton = 9

Renfrew County and District = 5

Niagara Region = 5

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 5

This story has been updated.

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