Ontario reports higher cases with much more testing, Peel sets single-day record

By Michael Ranger

Ontario is reporting 1,824 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

This is an increase of just over 100 cases compared to the 1,723 reported on Wednesday but comes with a large spike in tests completed.

The province reports nearly 52,900 completed tests, up over 8,000 from the 44,200 reported on Wednesday. Completed tests are up nearly 20,000 from two days ago.

A data processing error affecting the Middlesex-London Health Unit means the provincial total is slightly inflated. The region is reporting cases from the previous three days.

The provinces test positivity rate is down to 4.4 percent from 4.7 a day ago.

There were 14 new deaths reported in the province on Thursday. This number drops off from the spike of 35 deaths reported a day earlier.

11 of the new deaths come from long-term care home residents.

There are 1,541 more resolved cases.

There is now a total of 121,746 confirmed cases in the province since the onset of the pandemic with 3,712 deaths. Of the confirmed cases 18,507 are active and 103,239 have been resolved.

Among active cases, 666 people are currently in the hospital, this is an increase from 656 the day before. Among the hospitalized, 195 are in the ICU and 107 are on ventilators. The number of patients in the ICU jumped up 12 from the previous day.

More than half of all new cases in the province continue to come from people under the age of 40.

Locally, there are 592 new cases in Peel Region up from 500 on Wednesday. This marks a new daily high for Peel. The previous record was 572, reported a week ago on Nov. 26.

There are 396 new cases in Toronto and 187 in York Region. Both mark slight drops from the previous day.

Toronto drops below 400 after reporting a record 727 cases just two days ago. Health officials in York Region are becoming concerned with growing infections in that region.

Durham Region is down to 57 new cases after reporting 125 on Wednesday. Halton increases to 68 after reporting 45 the day before.

Due to a data processing error, the number of new cases for Middlesex-London Health Unit is 127. This represents cases reported over the previous three days.


COVID-19 in schools

The province reported 122 new cases in schools. This is a drop from 166 cases the day before. Schools reported a record 299 new cases two day ago.

Among the new cases in schools, 94 are related to students, while 28 are linked to staff.

755 schools in the province currently have a reported case which is up slightly from 745 a day earlier. Five schools in Ontario are currently closed as a result of COVID-19.

You can find which schools are reporting cases on the province’s website, when it is updated daily at 10:30 a.m.

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