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Ontario reports just under 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 today

Last Updated Nov 5, 2020 at 11:49 am EST

Jennifer Lindsley loads several tubes of patient samples to test for COVID-19 at a hospital lab. Photo by Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/TNS/ABACAPRESS.COM

Ontario is reporting 998 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, a slight rise from the 987 cases on Wednesday.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases now sits at 981 as the total number of cases in the province surpasses 80,000.

Toronto remains the hotspot with 350 new cases, followed by 269 in Peel Region and York Region with 71.

Provincial health officials completed 35,754 tests in the previous 24-hour period, the first time in four days the province has processed more 30,000 than single-day tests. The backlog of tests now sits at almost 42,000.

Another 13 deaths were also recorded – seven more in long-term care settings, bringing the total up to 3,195. It marks the third straight day of double-digit deaths.

Through the first five days of November, the deaths of 59 people have been attributed to coronvirus.

The number of hospitalizations in the province rose sharply to 381 from 367 the previous day while the number of those patients in the ICU climbed to 86 – the highest since the middle of June. Patients on a ventilator also rose slightly to 48.