Ontario is reporting a single-day record high of 1,859 new COVID-19 cases with a record 59,399 tests processed in the past 24 hours.
The last record for daily infections was logged on Nov. 27 when 1,855 new cases were reported.
The province also recorded 20 more fatalities on Saturday bringing the death toll to 3,757.
Of those deaths, 13 were long-term care home residents.
There are currently 107 active outbreaks of the novel coronavirus in long-term care homes across the province, down from 112 a day ago.
Ontario broke another record on Saturday by processing nearly 59,400 tests, up from 56,001 a day ago, and well above the province’s daily target of 50,000 tests.
There are nearly 63,200 tests still under investigation.
Ontario’s positivity rate of new cases dipped to at least 3.4 per cent compared to 3.6 per cent on Friday, according to the province.
Most of the cases continue to be from the GTA, particularly the hot spots of Toronto and Peel Region.
“Locally, there are 504 new cases in Toronto, 463 in Peel and 198 in York Region. There are 1,624 more resolved cases,” Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted.
Toronto saw a notable decline in cases as it recorded 633 infections on Friday. Meanwhile, Peel and York saw a rise in cases as they reported 433 and 152 cases on Friday, respectively.
Elsewhere in the GTA, Halton Region recorded 68 new cases, up from 51 a day ago, while Durham logged 41 infections, down from 94 a day ago.
On Friday, the province decided not to put both York and Halton regions in lockdown, keeping them in the red “control” zone of the province’s COVID-19 response framework, despite rising cases in the regions.
It should be noted that Ottawa and Hamilton also saw increases in daily infections on Saturday. Ottawa logged 72 cases, up from 36 on Friday while Hamilton recorded 89 infections, compared to 43 a day ago.
Hamilton remains in the red “control” level as well but the city implemented additional restrictions for retail and workplaces on Saturday to slow transmission of the virus.
Most of the province’s new cases were among the age group of 20-39 years old (712), followed by 40-59 (589),19 and under (251), 60-79 (217) and 80 and over (94).
Ontario recorded 1,780 new cases on Friday, 1,824 on Thursday and 1,723 on Wednesday.
The seven-day rolling average now stands at 1,758, relatively unchanged from a day ago.
There are currently 15,212 active cases across the province.
To date, there have been nearly 125,400 cases of the virus in Ontario since January and 106,416 recoveries.
Hospitalizations continue to be on rise as the number of patients in intensive care units (ICU) across the province hit 200 earlier this week.
On Saturday, the province surpassed 700 COVID-19 hospitalizations with 709 patients, up from 674 on Friday. Of those patients, 202 are in ICU and 116 are breathing with the help of a ventilator.