Chief public health officer calls for continued 'collective effort' against COVID-19

Henrietta Brewer
October 18, 2020

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 213 of the new cases are in Toronto, 135 are in Peel Region, 108 are in Ottawa and 62 are in York Region.

The highest number of daily new cases on record occurred on October 6 when 1,364 were reported.

The province said 100 new contact tracers have been hired, with up to 500 more recruits expected to be hired by mid-November.

The rollback to Stage 2 comes after York Region saw a spike in COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

Quebec continued to post the nighest number of new COVID-19 diagnoses in the country, reporting 1,279 new cases on Saturday.

Meanwhile, another staff member at the Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home operated by the city has tested positive, said manager Donna Gray in a memo to city council.

ICUs in the province saw two new COVID-19 patients on Saturday, for a total of 85 patients in intensive care units with COVID-19.

There were 98 more COVID-19 cases reported in Ontario schools, with 485 or 10 per cent of them now having students and staff infected.

York will see indoor dining closed in bars and restaurants, as well as gyms, theatres, and other establishments.

Those restrictions turned out to be the very same as the ones in place for Toronto, Peel and Ottawa, all of which were pushed back to a modified version of Stage 2 last Friday due to spiking rates of transmission.

They say this system significantly reduces duplication, speeds up processes and allows for more efficient case and contact management work to be completed.

There are 33,630 tests that current remain under investigation in the province.

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