Ontario reports 826 cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths

Just under a third of today's new cases are in Toronto

Ontario reported 826 new COVID-19 cases on Friday and another nine deaths.

There were 841 new cases on Thursday, 790 on Wednesday and 821 on Tuesday.

The higher testing rate pushed the positivity rate down to just below 2.1 per cent. There were 40,019 tests completed in the past 24 hours – up from pervious days but still below the province’s daily target of 50,000. The testing backlog is at 35,436.

Just under a third of the new daily cases today are located in Toronto, with 292 new cases. Peel detected 185 new cases, 87 in Ottawa and 72 in York Region.

Active cases are up to 6,474 and hospitalizations have reached 276. There are 78 patients in intensive care and 47 on a ventilator.

Three of the deaths accounted for in the past 24 hours are among long-term care residents.

Though active cases among residents have continued to increase, up from 203 yesterday to 229 today, long-term care home outbreaks have gone down. Outbreaks decreased by three in the past day and decreased by six the day before, hitting 77 today.

There have been 68,353 total COVID-19 cases in Ontario and 3,080 deaths. 58,799 cases have been resolved – up 733 from yesterday.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on October 23

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

Toronto = 292

Peel = 186

Ottawa = 87

York Region = 72

Durham Region = 38

Halton Region = 34

Eastern Ontario= 19

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 16

City of Hamilton = 15

Region of Waterloo = 13

Middlesex-London = 10

Niagara Region = 9

Windsor-Essex = 6


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