Ontario reports more than 1,500 new cases of COVID-19

Hospitalizations and active cases have risen in the past 48 hours and the testing backlog has dropped

Ontario reported 746 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, along with 807 cases on Thanksgiving Monday.

Health officials reported two days worth of cases on Tuesday after taking Thanksgiving off. Monday’s count is the third-highest single-day increase in the province since the pandemic began.

There were also 12 more deaths in the past 48 hours. The province recorded three new deaths on Monday, and nine new deaths in the past 24 hours.

There are 311 reported new cases in Toronto, 135 in Peel and 116 in Ottawa.

Hospitalizations have increased from 217 on Sunday to 230 on Tuesday.

There were 203 hospitalizations reported on Monday, though Ontario Public Health notes that hospitals self-report their data and some locations may have failed to report on the Thanksgiving holiday.

There are 60 patients in intensive care, up from a reported 53 patients on Monday and 51 patients on Sunday.

The province completed 31,233 tests within the past 24 hours, and health minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter that over 67,700 tests were completed over Monday and Sunday.

This marks a 2.3 per cent positivity rate. Ontario’s testing backlog is down to 24,420.

Active cases in Ontario have reached 5,946, up from 5,833 on Monday.

To date, Ontario has had a total of 60,692 cases of COVID-19, along with 51,729 resolved – up 624 from yesterday

The province detected 649 new cases on Sunday, 809 new cases on Saturday and a record high of 939 on Friday.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on October 13

The following regions are reporting five or more COVID-19 cases:

Toronto = 311

Peel = 135

Ottawa = 116

York Region = 42

Halton Region = 29

Durham Region = 17

City of Hamilton = 15

Region of Waterloo = 15

Middlesex-London = 13

Niagara Region = 12

Windsor-Essex = 10

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 8

Simcoe Muskoka = 6


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