Ontario reported 978 new COVID-19 circumstances on Saturday, essentially the most on a single day because the outbreak started in late January.
Saturday’s rely surpasses the earlier excessive of 939, which was reported on Oct. 9.
Well being Minister Christine Elliott stated the vast majority of the brand new circumstances are concentrated in Toronto, which as soon as once more led the way in which with 348. One other 170 circumstances have been reported in Peel Area, adopted by 141 in York Area and 89 in Ottawa.
A handful of different areas noticed double-digit will increase as nicely:
- Durham Area: 51.
- Jap Ontario: 43.
- Simcoe Muskoka: 23.
- Halton Area: 21.
- Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph: 15.
- Waterloo Area: 14.
- Hamilton: 10.
- Niagara Area: 10.
The variety of sufferers hospitalized in Ontario as a consequence of COVID-19 now sits at 294, a rise of 18 since Friday.
There are 82 folks in intensive care models, a rise of 4, and 53 persons are on ventilators, a rise of six.
The province’s seven-day common of recent day by day circumstances has additionally damaged a brand new file. As of Saturday, it sits at 803 — greater than another day thus far this yr.
Ontario’s cumulative whole of circumstances now sits at 69,331. Some 625 circumstances have been marked as resolved in Saturday’s replace.
Six extra folks have died of COVID-19 in Ontario. The provincial dying toll now stands at 3,086.
Practically 44,200 assessments accomplished
In the meantime, Ontario’s community of neighborhood, industrial and hospital labs processed 44,151 novel coronavirus take a look at samples since its final day by day report.
Whereas that determine marks the very best variety of day by day assessments accomplished thus far this week, it nonetheless falls in need of Ontario’s aim of processing 50,000 assessments per day by mid-October. The province additionally set a aim of processing 68,000 assessments by mid-November.
Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti, an infectious illnesses specialist at Trillium Well being Companions in Mississauga, Ont., attributes that shortfall to Ontario’s tightened testing standards and transfer to appointment-only testing.
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“This has precipitated a little bit of issues as a result of we’re getting folks to make appointments, however there are some double bookings occurring, folks not exhibiting up,” he advised CBC Information Community on Saturday.
“This has put a bit little bit of a wrench in plans.”
However Chakrabarti stated regardless of these points, he hopes testing will ramp up within the coming weeks.
“It is vital for us to have the best testing on the proper time and never simply the massive numbers. In any other case you begin to get an image that doesn’t truly symbolize what’s occurring on the bottom,” he stated.
Halton mayors ask to remain in Stage 3
In the meantime, two mayors and MPPs from Halton Area wrote a letter to Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of well being, on Friday, pleading with him to chorus from imposing Stage 2 restrictions on the realm.
“Final week when York Area confronted new restrictions, Halton Area got here collectively. We acted rapidly to implement a number of suggestions made by our Medical Officer of Well being,” the letter reads.
“These measures are working.”
The letter — signed by MPPs Parm Gill and Jane McKenna, in addition to Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz — additionally famous that the area’s positivity fee has not moved previous public well being’s “excessive alert” vary of two.5 per cent.
“In these unprecedented occasions, people and companies must have some degree of predictability and stability. This is the reason we’re additionally calling on you to obviously outline the factors used to find out when additional restrictions or rollbacks are required, in addition to the factors that should be met for lifting any restrictions or rollbacks,” the letter reads.
The plea comes after Premier Doug Ford hinted on Friday that Halton may quickly be part of the checklist of areas with stricter COVID-19 measures.
Ford stated provincial officers will look at the state of affairs there over the weekend to resolve whether or not the realm must be moved again right into a modified Stage 2.
The restrictions imply eating places can solely supply outside service, and gymnasiums and theatres should shut.
“It is regarding proper now, I’ve seen the numbers go up once more,” Ford stated on Friday.
Requested if an analogous transfer could be thought-about for Durham Area, the place new circumstances are additionally rising, Ford stated the province will have a look at each space that is experiencing “a bit escalation” and supply readability on Monday.
Toronto, Peel Area and Ottawa moved to a modified Stage 2 — which incorporates the closure of gyms, film theatres and casinos, and a ban on indoor eating in eating places or bars — on Oct. 10, whereas York Area did so this week.
The tighter guidelines are set to be reviewed after 28 days, and Ford stated he would make choices on any steps past that based mostly on the recommendation of the provincial well being workforce.