Ontario reports 841 new COVID-19 cases, another hospital outbreak

  • Ontario reports 841 new COVID-19 cases, another hospital outbreak

Ontario reports 841 new COVID-19 cases, another hospital outbreak

Ontario health officials reported 826 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and nine new deaths, on much stronger rates of testing that sent the positivity rate lower. "There are 733 more resolved cases".

The city announced Thursday that a resident of the city-run Centre d'accueil Champlain long-term care home has died in hospital of COVID-19.

There are now 6,474 active cases of novel coronavirus infection in Ontario, up from 5,873 one week ago.

Of the new cases logged Friday, the majority are in people between the ages of 20 and 39, with 317 new cases reported in that age group.

Where are the new COVID-19 cases?

Those areas have been described as the province's COVID-19 "hot spots" and all are now observing a modified set of Stage 2 restrictions that suspend the use of indoor dining, gyms and movie theatres.

Toronto accounts for the lion's share of the cases with 292 new infections recorded.

Toronto, Ottawa, and Peel Region are about halfway through a 28-day period of tighter pandemic restrictions with little indication that the numbers are improving. A total of 514 out of 4,828 schools have now reported at least one case of the virus with five schools forced to close after an outbreak was declared.

Elsewhere in the GTA, Durham Region reported 38 cases, Halton Region reported 34 cases and Hamilton reported 15.

That's almost double the province-wide number of 2.4%, and significantly above the "high alert" threshold for public health regions.

There are now 276 patients in an Ontario hospital with COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the province's labs processed slightly more than 40,000 tests. Of those patients, 78 are being treated in intensive care and 47 are on ventilators.

There are 35,436 tests now under investigation.