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Ontario reports 841 new cases of COVID-19, 2nd highest since pandemic began

Last Updated Oct 22, 2020 at 12:15 pm EST

A lab technician holds a test tube that contains blood sample from a patient (Photo by Robin Utrecht/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) (Photo by Robin Utrecht/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Ontario is reporting 841 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, marking the second-highest daily total since the pandemic began.

Toronto remains the hotspot of the province with 335 cases, Peel Region is next with 162, followed by York Region with 106, and Ottawa with 72.

Provincial health minister Christine Elliott calls Toronto’s 4.4 per cent positivity rate “concerning,” adding that “if we need to take further measures of course we will do so.”

Provincial officials say they processed 38,860 tests in the last 24 hour period – an increase of more than 6,000 tests from the previous day. The current backlog of tests that still need to be processed sits at just under 35,000.

For the second straight day, nine deaths were recorded to bring the provincial total to 3,071.

Health officials say 714 people have recovered from the virus, marking the fourth straight day that new cases have outpaced the number of people who have recovered.

Hospitalizations and patients in the ICU both saw slight increases while the number of those infected who are on a ventilator remained unchanged.

The province also reported 74 new cases of coronavirus in Ontario’s publicly-funded schools. A total of 501 of the 4,828 schools across the province have reported at least one case to date with five schools declaring an outbreak.