Ontario reports 821 new COVID-19 cases

Hospitalizations, active cases and the testing positivity rate have risen in the past 24 hours

Ontario reported 821 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths on October 20, a big increase over the previous day.

The province detected 704 new cases on Monday, 648 on Sunday, 805 on Saturday and 712 on Friday.

More than 24,000 tests were completed in the past 24 hours, Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter – down from more than 31,000 on Monday.

That’s well below the province’s daily target of 50,000 tests. The testing backlog is now 24,129.

The lower number of tests has sent the testing positivity rate to more than 3.4 per cent.

Four hotspots continue to drive the case counts. More than half of today’s new infections are in the Greater Toronto Area.

“Locally, there are 327 new cases in Toronto, 136 in Peel, 64 in York Region and 79 in Ottawa,” she added. “There are 628 more resolved cases.”

The total number of active cases in Ontario is now 6,237.

The number of people in hospital rose by 22 to 274 in the past 24 hours. There are 72 people in intensive care and 45 on ventilators.

To date, there have been 65,896 known cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. Of those, 56,606 are resolved and 3,053 people have died.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on October 20

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

Toronto = 327

Peel Region = 136

Ottawa = 79

York Region = 64

Halton Region = 46

City of Hamilton = 36

Durham Region = 32

Brant County = 14

Region of Waterloo = 14

Simcoe Muskoka = 13

Niagara Region = 12

Middlesex-London = 10

Windsor-Essex = 9

Southwestern = 6


Comments (1)

  • C. Toronto October 20, 2020 09:11 PM

    There is testing capacity to spare, according to this article. Asymptomatic workers in “congregate settings” are eligible for covid testing at pharmacies, EXCEPT when they work in schools. Children and education workers are packed into classrooms at close quarters (less than 2m apart), in numbers larger than what is allowed in any other workplace, yet asymptomatic education workers and school children are not even allowed to book a covid test. Why not? The nurses hired to work in schools are not testing for asymptomatic carriers either. Why not? The Ontario government was given millions by the federal government for a safe school restart, yet they have chosen not to use it to reduce class sizes, not to introduce regular testing, nor do they require covid tests even for sick students. These are deliberate policy decisions. Why are Ontario’s leaders actively discouraging testing for school workers and children?

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