Coronavirus Canada Updates: Ontario reports a record-high case spike, with 100 new patients linked to schools

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Coronavirus Canada Updates: COVID cases in Sudbury continue to explode
Coronavirus Canada Updates: COVID cases in Sudbury continue to explode

Ontario reported a record-high 797 new cases of COVID-19, four deaths and 695 recoveries.

It’s the 11th straight day the province has exceeded the 500-case mark and during which Ontario broke its own record on three occasions. Before the recent stretch, the province had not reported at least 500 cases since May 2.

There are now 5,442 active cases throughout the province. The most Ontario has ever had was on April 25, when there were 5,675 infected patients province-wide.

Of the most recent 797 cases, 265 were identified in Toronto, 182 in Ottawa, 134 in Peel, 78 in York, 33 in Halton, 24 in Simcoe-Muskoka, 22 in Durham, and 11 each in Middlesex-London and Hamilton. The remaining 23 public health units reported 10 or fewer cases, while 14 reported no new patients at all.

There are 331 new cases among those 20-39 years old, the most of any age group. There are 225 new cases among those 40-59, 126 among those 19 and under, and 112 involving those who are at least 60 years old.

The latest patients were identified after the province completed a record-high 48,488 tests. The 1.3 per cent positivity rate is still higher than any percentage Ontario recorded between July to early September.

In K-12 schools across Ontario, there are 100 new cases of COVID-19. That includes 51 among students, 22 among staff and 27 that have not yet been identified by the Ministry of Health. Thirty-six more schools have reported their first patients in the latest 24-hour stretch. Since they reopened in September, there have been 822 total cases among 415 learning institutions.

Of the active cases, there are 206 people in hospital, the most since July 1. That includes 47 in intensive care and 29 who require a ventilator.

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