New COVID-19 cases in Ontario drop slightly following single-day spike

Henrietta Brewer
October 24, 2020

Ontario has now confirmed 67,527 cases of COVID-19 and 3,071 deaths since mid-January.

But the daily average number of deaths is now the highest it has been since late June.

Where are the new COVID-19 cases?

Since the last report, Ontario's public health labs have processed 40,019 COVID tests, and there are 35,436 samples waiting to be processed.

There are 335 new cases in Toronto, 162 in Peel Region, 106 in York Region and 72 in Ottawa. Peel Region logged another 186 cases, Ottawa added 87 and York Region added 72.

At the same time, the majority of Thursday's cases were logged in people between the ages of 20 and 60.

While 733 more cases have been resolved, there is a total of 68,353 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.

Health Minister Christine Elliott defended the measures, which have yet to bring down the rate of infections in several hotspots, arguing the COVID-19 numbers would be much higher had they not been implemented.

Even so, Williams said Thursday he had not yet made any recommendations for new restrictions in areas already put back in modified Stage 2, nor had he recommended that Halton, Niagara or Hamilton be moved to Stage 2.

There are now 6,474 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, and 276 of those cases are hospitalized. There have been 1,698 school-related cases reported across 514 schools since September.

So far, Ontario has completed 4.8 million tests for the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.

Of those patients, 78 are being treated in an intensive care unit, 47 of which are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.

There are more than 34,700 COVID-19 tests still under investigation.

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