Ontario reports close to 1,000 new cases of COVID-19

The province reached a new daily high of 939 cases

Ontario reported 939 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the highest daily case count the province has ever seen.

The number marks a spike from Thursday’s count of 797, which was also a new high for the province. Ontario detected 583 new cases on Wednesday and 548 new cases on Tuesday.

Toronto reported 336 new cases, along with 150 in Peel and 126 in Ottawa.

In response to the surging case numbers, Premier Doug Ford has announced “modified” Stage 2 lockdown measures in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa. Effective at 12:01 am, indoor dining, cinemas, casinos, conference venues, gyms and fitness centres will close for 28 days.

Read the full list of new temporary measures here.

Modelling data released in late September predicted the province could see daily case counts hit the 1,000 mark in October if new restrictions were not added.

On Wednesday, Toronto’s top doctor Eileen de Villa also detailed local projections that predicted the city would see more than 30,000 new infections between now and the spring without new restrictions.

There has been a jump in hospitalization from 206 to 225, while patients in intensive care remain stable at 47.

There are currently 5,652 active COVID-19 cases in Ontario, an increase from 5,442 yesterday.

Five additional people died in the past 24 hours.

The province completed 44,914 tests, marking a two per cent per cent positivity rate.

To date, there have been 56,742 total cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, including 48,308 resolved cases – up 724 from yesterday.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on October 9

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

Toronto = 336

Peel = 150

Ottawa = 126

York Region = 68

Halton Region = 59

City of Hamilton = 40

Durham Region = 32

Simcoe Muskoka = 28

Middlesex-London = 24

Windsor-Essex = 18

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 16

Region of Waterloo = 13

Niagara Region = 10

Eastern Ontario = 5

This story has been updated.


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