Ontario reports more than 1,800 new COVID-19 cases

The province confirms the highest-single-day increase and completes a record number of tests

Ontario reported 1,855 new COVID-19 cases on November 27, the highest the province has ever seen, along with a record number of tests completed.

With 58,037 tests completed in the past 24 hours, the provincial positivity rate is lowest in a week at 3.7 per cent.

The big jump in new cases pushed the new seven-day rolling average to a high of 1,489.

On Thursday, the province detected 1,478 new cases, along with 1,373 on Wednesday and 1,009 on Tuesday.

There are 517 new cases in Peel, 494 in Toronto, 189 in York Region and 130 in Halton. Hamilton had 82 new infections and Waterloo had 74.

Active cases have gone up to 13,255, and hospitalizations have decreased from 556 Thursday to 541 today. Intensive care patients remain steady at 151, with 101 patients on ventilators.

Another 20 people have died in the past day, including 13 long-term care residents. There are 19 new cases among health-care workers and currently 101 long-term care home outbreaks.

There are 122 new school-related cases, with 99 among students and 23 among staff. Six schools are closed due to an outbreak, two more since yesterday.

To date, there have been 111,216 total COVID-19 cases in Ontario, including 94,366 resolved – up 1,451 cases from the day before.

There have been 3,595 deaths.

On Thursday, provincial public health officials presented new modelling data that showed the province is in a “fragile or precarious” situation.

Two weeks ago, the data said Ontario was on track to hit 6,500 cases per day if no new measures were implemented. The province has since moved hotspots Toronto and Peel Region into lockdown.

The new data laid out three scenarios. Ontario would hit 2,000 daily cases by the end of December with on per cent average daily case growth; 4,000 daily cases by the end of December with three per cent daily case growth; or the “worst case scenario” of 9,000 daily cases by the end of the month with five per cent average daily case growth.

Adalsteinn Brown, professor and dean at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, said if the province continues with the current level of case growth, “we’ll flatline and that might be considered a conservative version of a best-case scenario.”

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario on November 27

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

Peel = 517

Toronto = 494

York Region = 189

Halton Region = 130

City of Hamilton = 82

Region of Waterloo = 74

Durham Region = 65

Ottawa = 55

Windsor-Essex County = 52

Simcoe Muskoka = 38

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 27

Niagara Region = 20

Brant County = 16

Huron Perth = 14

Haldimand-Norfolk = 11

Grey Bruce = 11

Middlesex-London = 10

Southwestern = 10

Eastern Ontario = 9

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge
District = 6

Peterborough = 5


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