The province hits a record high of 797 new infections and breaks a testing record
Ontario reported 797 new COVID-19 cases on October 8, the highest daily case count the province has ever seen.
The province has broken daily records three times within the past two weeks, reaching 700 cases on September 28 and 732 new cases on October 2.
Ontario detected 583 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, 548 new cases on Tuesday and 615 new cases on Monday.
“Locally, there are 265 new cases in Toronto, 182 in Ottawa, 134 in Peel and 78 in York Region,” health minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.
With 695 more people recovering from the virus, active cases in the province rose from 5,344 to 5,442.
She said that at 48,488 tests, it’s the largest number of tests completed in 24 hours to date. The backlog of test specimens is now just over 58,000.
The testing positivity rate is at 1.6 per cent.
Hospitalizations are at 206, up from 195 the day before, and three more patients are in intensive care from yesterday.
There have been four additional deaths.
To date, there have been 56,742 total cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, with 48,308 resolved – up 695 from yesterday. There have been 2,992 deaths.
On Wednesday, Toronto’s Chief Medical Officer Eileen de Villa released modelling data that predicts the city will have more COVID-19 infections in October than during the first wave in the spring if no new restrictions are implemented.
The modelling projections consider three scenarios over the next eight months. If Toronto’s reproductive rate of 1.2 – which represents the number of people on average one person will infect – rises to 1.25, the city will see more than 30,000 new infections in the months ahead. The new cases would peak between early March and early May.
If new public health measures are added at the end of October to lower the reproductive rate to 0.9, the number of infections would be six times lower by the end of May than if no actions are taken.
If action is taken by the end of November, the number of new infections would be three times lower and adding measures at end of December would cut the number of new infections in half.
A reproductive rate of one means the pandemic is not getting better or worse. A rate of lower than one means the virus will “slowly die out,” she said.
Ontario’s current reproductive rate is 1.4.
Last week, De Villa asked the province to close indoor dining and indoor fitness classes in Toronto, but Premier Doug Ford has said the province’s medical experts have not seen enough data to merit undertaking the move.
The following regions are reporting five or more cases of COVID-19:
Toronto = 265
Ottawa = 182
Peel Region = 134
York Region = 78
Halton Region = 33
Simcoe Muskoka = 24
Durham Region = 22
Middlesex-London = 11
City of Hamilton = 11
Region of Waterloo = 10
Niagara Region = 7
Eastern Ontario = 6
Windsor-Essex = 5
With files from Kevin Ritchie