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Ontario confirms 169 new COVID-19 cases, highest total in over a month

Last Updated Sep 5, 2020 at 4:30 pm EDT

A nurse gets a swab ready at a temporary COVID-19 test clinic in Montreal, on May 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Ontario’s daily COVID-19 case count remains in the triple digits as provincial health officials reported the highest total in over a month on Saturday.

The 169 new cases marks the highest single day total since July 24 when 195 new infections were recorded.

There were 148 cases reported yesterday, marking the 10th consecutive day of more than 100 cases.

The majority of cases continue to come from three regions: Peel (46), followed by Toronto (42) and Ottawa (30). York Region reported 19 new cases.  

The provincial total has now eclipsed 43,000 with just over 90 per cent of those infected having recovered to date.

The death toll remained at 2,811 after no new deaths were reported.

Hospitalizations fell slightly while those patients in ICU and on ventilators remained virtually unchanged.  

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, says the continuing increases in the daily case counts across the country is a concern.

“With 631 new cases reported across Canada yesterday, the most recent seven-day moving average now has us at 545 cases being reported daily. This exceeds the maximum number of daily cases reported during increased activity in mid-July,” Tam said in a statement on Saturday. “Increasing daily case counts tell us that COVID-19 is continuing to spread.”

Tam added that Canadians need to keep up with proven and effective public health practices this long weekend which includes remaining in their close contact bubbles and if they do venture out, checking that there are controls in place to reduce the spread of the virus.