Ontario reports 658 new COVID-19 cases; 5 new deaths
Published Sunday, October 18, 2020 10:16AM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, October 18, 2020 12:11PM EDT
Ontario reported 658 new cases of COVID-19 and five new deaths, a marked decline in cases from the past week’s trend and the lowest overall count in eight days.
“Locally, there are 197 new cases in Toronto, 155 in Peel, 94 in York Region and 66 in Ottawa,” Health Minister Christine Elliott wrote on Twitter.
Ontario reported 805 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and 712 on Friday.
Sunday’s count is the lowest since Oct. 10 when the province reported 649 cases.
Elliott said 685 people recovered from infection in the past 24 hours, leading to a decline in active cases of 32.
There are now 5,954 active cases of infection in the province, up from 5,697 one week ago.
There have also been 3,046 centrally confirmed deaths due to the virus since March.
One of the five deaths reported on Sunday involved a resident of a long-term care home.
Provincial labs processed nearly 40,900 tests in the past 24 hours, down from 44,700 in the previous period.
Sunday’s results generated a positivity rate of 1.61 per cent.
Another 23,609 specimens remained under investigation.
York Region will become the fourth of Ontario’s 34 public health regions to revert to modified Stage 2 restrictions on Monday, which ban practices such as indoor dining or exercising in fitness centres.
Elsewhere in the GTA, Halton Region reported 29 new cases and Durham Region reported 45 new cases.
The provincial hospital occupancy data provided on Sunday was incomplete but a count of information presented by hospitals and local public health units found 285 people in hospital due to COVID-19 on Sunday, up from at least 217 one week ago.