Toronto confirmed 420 new infections on Thursday
Ontario reported 934 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 more deaths on October 29.
The province detected 834 new cases on Wednesday, 827 on Tuesday and 851 on Monday.
Toronto reported 420 new cases, a jump from yesterday’s case count of 321.
Toronto Public Health also reported that three Northwest Toronto wards have accounted for 23.3 per cent of the city’s cases despite only making up 11.5 per cent of the city’s population.
The other three hotspot regions are still reporting high numbers, with 169 new cases in Peel, 95 in York Region and 58 in Ottawa.
The province currently has 7,578 active cases and 322 patients hospitalized, including 77 in intensive care.
There were 35,621 tests completed in the past 24 hours, but there is a testing backlog of over 40,000.
Long-term care home outbreaks have decreased by four since yesterday, with 83 reported today.
“There are 49 homes considered in outbreak with no resident cases in the home. There are 34 homes with resident cases of which 18 have fewer than 5 cases each,” Minister of Long-term Care Merrilee Fullerton said on Twitter.
There have been 73,819 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, including 63,123 resolved– up 820 from yesterday. 3,118 people have died from the virus.
On Wednesday, the city announced targeted measures, including more pop-up testing clinics, in three northwest Toronto neighbourhoods.
Etobicoke North, York South-Weston and Humber River-Black Creek are experiencing higher rates of COVID-19 transmission, lower testing rates and higher positivity rates for the virus than other Toronto neighbourhoods.
“Each ward is home to approximately four per cent of the city’s population. Etobicoke North accounted for 8.3 per cent of cases and Humber River-Black Creek accounted for 8.1 per cent of Toronto cases of COVID-19 in the past three weeks, while York South-Weston accounted for 6.9 per cent,” the city of Toronto said in a news release.
The following regions reported five or more cases of COVID-19:
Toronto = 420
Peel Region = 169
York Region = 95
Ottawa = 58
Halton Region = 35
City of Hamilton = 28
Durham Region = 19
Niagara Region = 16
Simcoe Muskoka = 15
Eastern Ontario = 13
Region of Waterloo = 13
Middlesex-London = 9
Brant County = 9
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District = 6
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 5
Chatham-Kent = 5
Windsor-Essex County = 5