Ontario reports 797 COVID-19 cases today, a new record high

COVID-19 cases in Ontario plus Niagara Region 797 new COVID-19 cases in Ontario and 9 new cases in Niagara today

Ontario reported 797 new COVID-19 cases today. That’s more than a 200-case increase from yesterday. This surpasses the previous daily record of 732 reported on Oct. 2.

The Niagara Region reported nine new cases today, the same number as yesterday.

“Ontario is reporting 797 cases of #COVID19 as nearly 48,500 tests were completed. This is the largest number of tests completed to date. Locally, there are 265 new cases in Toronto, 182 in Ottawa, 134 in Peel and 78 in York Region. There are 695 more resolved cases,” said Health Minister Christine Elliott on Twitter this morning.

Public health units in Ontario that also reported higher cases numbers include the Durham Region, with 22 new cases, Simcoe-Muskoka area with 24 cases, and the Halton Region with 33 new cases. The remainder of public health units not already mentioned reported 20 cases or fewer.

The province also hit a new daily testing record with 48,488 tests completed. This brings Ontario closer to the goal of completing 50,000 daily tests per day by the middle of October and 75,000 per day by mid-November.

There were four new COVID deaths reported today in Ontario, two of those being from residents in long-term care homes. There are no new deaths in the Niagara Region.

The region continues to report steady numbers since last week. After the 24 cases reported last Sept. 27, daily numbers remained below 20 and ranged from nine to 12 cases for the majority of the week, except for last Tuesday when five cases were reported, Sunday when 16 cases were reported, and this Tuesday when 17 cases were reported.

Ontario has now had 56,742 total cases, with 48,308 cases resolved. There have been 2,992 deaths. There are currently 206 cases in hospitals, with 47 in intensive care and 29 on ventilators.

Ontario continues to see a rise in COVID-19 cases in hospitals. Hospitalized cases increased by 11, the number of those in intensive care increase by four, and the number of people on ventilators increased by one since yesterday.

Hospitalized cases above 200 for the first time since July

Throughout August and the beginning of September, hospitalized cases generally remained below 100. With today’s report, the numbers have now surpassed 200 for the first time since July 1 when 209 hospitalized cases were reported.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Niagara Region is now at 1,165 with 969 resolved. Of those cases, there are 131 active cases and 10 active outbreaks, two of those outbreaks is at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School and Lundy Manor long-term care facility, both in Niagara Falls. There have been 65 deaths in the region.

West Niagara COVID-19 active cases

Note: Population numbers in brackets are Niagara Info’ estimates against growth over 2016 census numbers.

Grimsby 2.7 per 10,000 people (population: 28,500 = 8 cases)
Lincoln 2.5 per 10,000 people (population: 24,500 = 6 cases)
Pelham 0.6 per 10,000 people (population: 17,500 = 1 cases)
Wainfleet 1.5 per 10,000 people (population: 6,500 = 1 cases)
West Lincoln 0.6 per 10,000 people (population: 14,500 = 1 cases)

Additional Niagara Region active COVID-19 cases

Fort Erie 1.8 per 10,000 people (population: ~33,000 = 6 cases)
Niagara Falls 4.6 per 10,000 people (population: ~90,000 = 41 cases)
NOTL 0.5 per 10,000 people (population: ~18,000 = 1 cases)
Port Colborne 2.1 per 10,000 people (population: ~19,000 = 4 case)
St. Catharines 3.1 per 10,000 people (population: ~133,000 = 41 cases)
Thorold 1.8 per 10,000 people (population: ~20,000 = 4 case)
Welland 1.3 per 10,000 people (population: ~55,000 = 7 cases)

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