The province reports the highest single-day increase in new infections since the outbreak began
Ontario reported 978 new cases of COVID-19 on October 24, the highest single-daily increase since the outbreak began.
The province’s daily case count previously crossed the 900 mark on October 9, when public health officials confirmed 939 cases.
Today’s increase brings the seven-day average of daily new infections to just above 802 cases.
Labs in the province completed more than 44,200 tests in the past 24 hours. The increased number of tests pushed the positivity rate up to 2.2 per cent. The backlog of tests stands at 30,922.
Another six people have died and 625 more cases are now resolved. The number of people in hospital rose to a new high of 294, with 82 in intensive care 55 on ventilators.
The total number of known active COVID-19 cases in Ontario is 6,821.
“Locally, there are 348 new cases in Toronto, 170 in Peel, 141 in York Region, 89 in Ottawa and 51 in Durham,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.
On Friday, Premier Doug Ford said health officials will meet on Monday to discuss whether Halton and Durham Regions will roll back into modified Stage 2 amid rising daily case counts in those regions.
Halton and Durham are the only two GTA regions still in Stage 3 of the provincial reopening plan.
The province reported 826 cases on Friday, 841 on Thursday, 790 on Wednesday and 821 on Tuesday.
To date, there have been 69,331 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ontario. Of those, 59,424 are resolved and 3,086 people have died.
The following regions have reported five or more cases of COVID-19:
Toronto = 348
Peel Region = 170
York Region = 141
Ottawa = 89
Durham Region = 51
Eastern Ontario = 43
Simcoe Muskoka = 23
Halton Region = 21
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 15
Region of Waterloo = 14
Niagara Region = 10
City of Hamilton = 10
Brant County = 9
Renfrew County and District = 8
Middlesex-London = 8
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark = 6