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Ontario reports 987 new cases of COVID-19, 16 more deaths

Last Updated Nov 4, 2020 at 10:41 am EST

A health-care worker does testing at a drive-thru COVID-19 assessment centre at the Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto on April 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ontario reported 987 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, a drop from the record high of 1,050 cases the day before.

Health officials also confirmed 16 additional deaths, the highest since June 20, which raises the provincial total to 3,182. Eleven of those deaths came from long-term care settings.

The seven-day average of new cases now sits at 972 while the average number of new deaths is 10.7 – both are among the highest since the second wave began.

Toronto remains the hotspot with 31 new cases, followed by Peel Region (299), York Region (85), and Durham Region (62).

Provincial officials say they completed 28,567 tests in the previous 24-hour period, raising the positivity rate to 3.5 per cent. It’s the third straight day less than 30,000 tests were processed and well short of the 50,000 tests promised by the government. The backlog sits at just over 33,000.

Hospitalizations rose by 10 to 367 while the number of patients in the ICU (75) and on a ventilator (44) remained relatively unchanged.

The province also reported 116 new school-related cases of COVID-19 – 81 of those among students. Currently, 581 out of more than 4,800 publicly-funded schools in Ontario have reported a case of the virus.