Ontario reports 1,873 new cases of COVID-19 with record 65,300 tests completed

Ontario is reporting 1,873 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday with a record of 65,300 tests completed.

522 of the new cases are in Toronto, 436 in Peel, 185 in York Region and 109 in Hamilton

Health workers stand in a Toronto Transit Commission bus that has been retrofitted to be a mobile COVID testing clinic. (Martin Trainor/CBC)

Ontario is reporting 1,873 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday with a record 65,300 tests completed.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 522 of the new cases are in Toronto, 436 in Peel, 185 in York Region and 109 in Hamilton. 

There were also 17 more deaths over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of people who have died of COVID-19 in Ontario to 3,933.

The province says there are currently 855 people hospitalized with COVID-19. Of this number, 237 are in intensive care units and 143 are breathing with the help of a ventilator.

There are 1,918 more cases marked as resolved, Elliot said.

Ottawa recorded 19 new cases, 40 less than the 59 cases reported on Friday. Other areas which saw a decrease in the number of new cases included Durham region with 80 cases, down from 91 on Friday, and Halton with 47, a decrease a 10 from the previous day. 

Among the other health units reporting double-digit increases on Saturday are:

  • Region of Waterloo: 78.
  • Niagara Region: 45.
  • Simcoe Muskoka: 31.
  • Brant County: 17.
  • Thunder Bay: 13.
Ontario is tightening some COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, with two more regions moving into lockdown. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

The province said Ontario's positivity rate is now about 3.2 per cent.

The new cases represent a decrease from the record-breaking 1,983 cases on Thursday and the 1,890 reported on Wednesday. A total of 1,848 news cases were reported on Friday.

According to the province, the majority of Saturday's cases were in people under the age of 60, but at least 317 cases were in people under the age of 19.

There were also 687 cases in people between the ages of 20 and 39, and 521 cases in people between the ages of 40 and 59.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario now stands at 138,504, of which 118,350 have been resolved.

Tighter restrictions coming for some regions Monday

Two areas, Windsor-Essex and York Region, will move into the grey lockdown zone on Monday. The province said there were 81 new cases in Windsor-Essex on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Middlesex-London, Simcoe-Muskoka and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph will move to the red control zone.

Eastern Ontario will move into the orange-restrict zone, while Leeds, Grenville and Lanark move into the yellow-protect zone.

Toronto and Peel Region entered a lockdown on Nov. 23 for at least 28 days.

Ontario to begin vaccinations next week in Toronto, Ottawa

Ontario is set to administer its first COVID-19 vaccines next Tuesday at two hospitals in Toronto and Ottawa, the province confirmed on Thursday.

The province will receive 6,000 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.

The University Health Network in Toronto and the Ottawa Hospital will give the first shots to health-care workers from long-term care homes and other high-risk settings, said retired Gen. Rick Hillier, who is leading Ontario's vaccine task force.


With files from Desmond Brown and The Canadian Press