The provincial testing backlog has climbed past 90,000
Ontario reported a new record high of 732 daily cases of COVID-19 on Friday, as a two-day backlog of tests climbed to 90,513.
A number of cases being reported today are from the spring and summer due to a data review from Toronto Public Health, including a decrease of 165 cases among health care workers.
The backlog of tests is up from over 82,000 on Thursday.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said this week that COVID-19 test samples spoil after three days, meaning the tests in backlog for longer than that cannot be tested for COVID-19. The province is reaching out to university labs for help clearing the backlog.
Ontario reported 538 cases on Thursday, 625 on Wednesday and 554 on Tuesday. The province also reported 700 new cases on Monday, making today’s count the second day this week that Ontario set a new provincial high.
“Locally, there are 323 new cases in Toronto, 141 in Ottawa and 111 in Peel. Fifty-eight per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40. There are 428 more resolved cases,” Elliott said on Twitter.
There were two additional deaths within the past 24 hours, along with 74 additional deaths being recorded from the spring and summer as part of the data review.
The positivity rate on Thursday is at 1.8 per cent, compared to Wednesday’s rate of 1.3 per cent.
The province has has 5,203 active cases, along with 167 hospitalizations and 38 patients in intensive care. That’s up five and up two, respectively, from Thursday’s 162 hospitalizations and 36 patients in intensive care.
To date, Ontario has had a total of 52,980 cases, with 44,850 resolved.
The following regions reported five or more COVID-19 cases:
Toronto = 323
Ottawa = 141
Peel = 111
York Region = 38
Durham Region = 34
Simcoe Muskoka = 13
Halton Region = 11
Niagara Region = 11
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph = 10
Region of Waterloo = 9
Windsor-Essex County = 6
City of Hamilton = 6