Ontario reported another 1,708 cases of COVID-19 and 24 more deaths due to COVID-19 on Sunday.
The new cases include 503 in Peel Region, 463 in Toronto and 185 in York Region. There are 1,443 more cases marked as resolved.
The Ontario health ministry says another 53,959 tests were completed in the last 24 hours. Labs are reporting that 3.7 per cent of the tests processed are positive.
Public health officials said this week that they hope to build capacity in the system for up to 100,000 tests daily.
Other public health units that saw double-digit increases were:
Durham Region: 73.
Simcoe Muskoka: 30.
Niagara Region: 28.
Thunder Bay: 19.
Eastern Ontario: 10.
Brant County: 10.
(Note: All of the figures used in this story are found on the Ontario health ministry’s COVID-19 dashboard or in its daily epidemiologic summary. The number of cases for any region may differ from what is reported by the local public health unit because local units report figures at different times.)
The seven-day average for the number of new cases reported per day has reached a new high of 1,548, the highest it has been since the pandemic began.
There are also 586 people in hospital, nine fewer than on Saturday. However, Saturday’s hospitalization data saw an increase of 54 over a single day. Those hospitalizations are also nearly double what they were a month ago.
There are 155 people in intensive care units as of Sunday and 99 of those individuals are on a ventilator, the same number as Saturday.
The number of deaths in Ontario since the pandemic began has reached 3,648. A total of 503 of those deaths occurred this month.
Of Sunday’s deaths, one person was in his or her 50s, four people were in their 60s, three people were in their 70s and there were 10 people in their 80s and six in their 90s, respectively.
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