Ontario COVID-19 cases spike to six-month high
Ontario is reporting the highest number of new COVID-19 infections since May with nearly 1,200 new infections.
Health officials recorded 1,184 new COVID-19 cases in Ontario on Sunday, the highest number in a single day since May 28 when 1,273 additional infections were reported.
Ontario has not reported any new deaths related to COVID-19 in the past 24 hour period.
The province’s seven-day average of COVID-19 cases is now 926, up from 760 this time last week.
Health officials have warned for weeks that cases will increase in the winter months when many people congregate indoors.
Heath Chief Medical Officer Dr Kieran Moore said in November all models predicted a slow and steady increase in cases throughout January and February.
With 31,735 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said the positive rate in the province is about 3.2%.
Toronto reported the latest cases in the province on Sunday with 152 new cases, followed by Simcoe-Muskoka with 96, York Region with 88, WIndsor-Essex with 86, Peel Region with 81 and Ottawa with 54.
There are currently 164 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario.
Of Sunday’s cases, 557 were fully vaccinated, 536 were unvaccinated, 22 had received a single dose, and 69 had unknown vaccination status.
The numbers used in this story are found in Health Ontario’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiology Summary. Case numbers for any city or region may differ slightly from those reported by the province, as local units report figures at different times.