New infections continue to surge in Toronto as the provincial death toll passes the 3,000 mark
Ontario reported 809 cases of COVID-19 on October 10, a drop over Friday’s record daily high of 939.
The upward trend in new infections is continuing as Toronto, Peel and Ottawa enter “modified” Stage 2 lockdown measures that will see indoor dining, gyms and cinemas temporarily closed, among other restrictions.
The number of cases in Toronto also rose to 358 from 336 the previous day.
The surge in infections comes as Ontario increases testing capacity. Health Minister Christine Elliott said that labs completed nearly 44,300 tests in the past 24 hours.
The backlog of test specimens now stands at 56,138. Ontario’s testing positivity rate is 1.8 per cent.
Another 700 cases resolved, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 5,754.
Hospitalizations dropped to 213 from 225 on Friday. There are 48 patients in intensive care units and 29 are on ventilators.
Seven more people have died since yesterday. To date, the virus has killed 3,004 people in Ontario. There have been a total of 58,490 cases and 49,732 – or 85 per cent – have recovered.
Ontario recorded 797 cases on Thursday, 583 on Wednesday and 548 on Tuesday.
The following regions reported five or more cases of COVID-19:
Toronto = 358
Peel = 123
Ottawa = 94
York Region = 76
Halton Region = 32
City of Hamilton = 24
Durham Region = 25
Region of Waterloo = 18
Simcoe Muskoka = 14
Niagara Region = 12
Eastern Ontario = 9
Windsor-Essex = 5
Brant County = 5