More than 200 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Ontario today, the first time since late July that new infections have surpassed that threshold.

Provincial health officials recorded 213 new cases of COVID-19 today, up from the 170 new cases confirmed one day prior and the 148 cases reported on Wednesday.

Today's case count is also the highest it has been since June 29, when 257 new cases were reported.

The last time new infections in Ontario were this high and rising was on March 29.

Number of active cases continues to grow in Ontario

According to the province's latest epidemiological summary, new infections significantly outpaced recoveries today with just 124 cases moving over to the resolved category.

There are now 1,657 active cases of the virus in Ontario, up from 1,567 one day earlier.

This is a notable increase from August when active cases in the province were consistently below 1,000.

On a positive note, no new deaths were reported today and hospitalizations have remained stable in the province.

According to health officials, 49 people are currently hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19 with 18 of those patients in intensive care.

Of the new cases reported today, 71 were in Toronto, up from the 55 new cases confirmed in the city on Thursday.

The is the highest number of new infections reported in Toronto since July 2, when 87 cases were confirmed.

Provincial health officials say 38 new cases were in Peel Region today and 37 were in Ottawa.

Approximately 65 per cent of today's cases were reported by public health units in the GTA.

Of Ontario's 34 local public health units, 26 reported five or fewer new cases today and 18 reported none at all.

About 70 per cent of all new cases provincewide are in people under the age of 40.

There has been increasing concern about an influx of cases linked to parties and social gatherings at private residences in Ontario.

About 89 people reportedly attended a party in the backyard of a Brampton home over the weekend, prompting the city's mayor Patrick Brown to suggest that the province should consider scaling back the size of allowable gatherings, which now stands at 100 outdoors and 50 indoors.

While the province's chief medical officer of health admitted Thursday that it appears some aren't following the rules when it comes to wearing masks and staying two metres apart, he said the province is not yet considering introducing stricter limits on gatherings.

Speaking to reporters on Friday afternoon, Premier Doug Ford once again urged people to avoid gathering in big groups.

"It is not... the City of Toronto or Peel Region's fault this is happening. We've got to work together," Ford said. "All I've been asking is please try to avoid these big gatherings. Please try to avoid the weddings that I heard were 150, 170 people. Just follow the guidelines and everyone will be ok." 

New cases in the GTA:

Toronto: 71

Peel Region: 38

York Region: 14

Durham Region: 9

Halton Region: 6