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Ontario reports a record-high 732 new COVID-19 cases

Premier Doug Ford is scheduled to hold a news conference beginning at 1 p.m. at Queen’s Park. Notably, Ford’s office says he will be joined by several senior members of the province’s COVID-19 command table, including Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Dirk Huyer, chief coroner for Ontario and co-ordinator of the provincial outbreak response and Mathew Anderson, president and CEO of Ontario Health.

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Ontario reported 732 additional cases of COVID-19 on Friday, a new single-day record in the province.

Toronto saw the most new cases with 323, though Health Minister Christine Elliott noted that some cases confirmed in the spring were included in today’s number due to a data review by Toronto Public Health.

Meanwhile, Ottawa recorded 141 more cases and Peel 111.

Other public health units that saw double-digit increases include:

  • York Region: 38
  • Durham Region: 34
  • Simcoe Muskoka: 13
  • Halton Region: 11
  • Niagara Region: 11
  • Welling-Dufferin-Guelph: 10

About 58 per cent of the newly confirmed infections are in people under 40 years old, Elliott noted, including 30 in students.

The previous record of 700 new cases came just five days ago on September 28. 

The province’s official COVID-19 death toll took a considerable jump, increasing 76 to 2,927. However 74 of those deaths were “reported for cases that occurred in the spring or summer and are now being recorded as part of a data review and data cleaning initiative,” the Ministry of Health said.

Ontario’s network of labs processed 40,093 test samples for the novel coronavirus yesterday, while the backlog of tests waiting to be completed grew to more than 90,500 — by far the most since the outbreak in late January.

The number of patients in Ontario hospitals with confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued it’s slow but steady climb, increasing by seven up to 167. Thirty-eight of those people are being treated in intensive care units, and 21 are on ventilators.

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