Quebec reported 1,038 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday after hitting its peak at 1,098 cases reported a day earlier. Of the cases reported Monday, 272 are in the Quebec City region, 193 are in Montreal and 174 are in Montérégie.
There are currently 532 people in hospitals in the province with the infection and two new deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, with three additional deaths reported Monday from unknown dates.
Meanwhile in Ontario, 704 new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported across the province, and four new deaths. Of the newly reported cases, 244 are in Toronto, 168 are in Peel, 103 are in the York Region and 51 are in Ottawa.
The province has reported 252 people in hospital, but about 30 hospitals did not submit data to the Daily Bed Census for Oct. 17.
There are currently 86 long-term care homes in the province with COVID-19 outbreaks. Ontario has 74 new school-related COVID-19 cases. A total of 483 schools have COVID-19 cases and four institutions are closed.
Ontario ‘plateauing’ in case counts
Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, said the province is seeing a “plateauing” of cases.
“What I like to see is that number going down,” he said. “Decrease the community transmission…that’s what we need to do.”
“It is a virus, it moves along wide population groups, many variables playing in here…Everybody just keep doing what you need to do because collectively we did it once, we can do it again.”