The Ministry of Health is once again reporting a significant jump in new cases of COVID-19, with 625 new infections confirmed by public health units throughout the province.
According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, 288 of the new cases are in Toronto, 97 are in Peel, 64 are in Ottawa and 41 are in York Region.
And, once again, 62 per cent of today's cases are in people under the age of 40, continuing a trend that has been ongoing for months now.
Ontario is reporting 625 cases of #COVID19 as nearly 35,800 tests were completed. Locally, there are 288 new cases in Toronto with 97 in Peel, 64 in Ottawa and 41 in York Region. 62% of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40. There are 457 more resolved cases today.— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) September 30, 2020
Sadly, another four people have died from the virus as of today and another 457 cases are considered to be resolved. All told, 4,955 active cases remain in Ontario.
Of these cases, 150 are currently hospitalized, 35 are in ICUs and 17 are on ventilators.
Nearly 35,800 tests were also completed in the province over the past 24 hours, falling short of the 50,000 — and eventually, 75,000 —tests Minister Elliott has said they're aiming to reach.
#COVID19 in #Ontario [Sept 30]:— Dr. Jennifer Kwan (@jkwan_md) September 30, 2020
51710 known cases* (625 new cases)
2848 total deaths (4 new deaths)
43907 resolved (457 new resolved)
See THREAD for more graphs📈⤵️#onhealth #COVID19ontario #onpoli pic.twitter.com/eZ8qtu8HGv
As a result of rising case numbers, the province has introduced several new public health measures to try and get the virus under control, including reducing gathering limits and requiring restaurants to have an 11 p.m. last call.
Toronto's top doctor has also recommended that a number of stricter protocols be enforced in Toronto specifically, including requiring restaurants to reduce indoor and table capacity limits and collect contact information for every single patron.
Experts have meanwhile said it's simply not enough and that COVID-19 hot spots such as Toronto should be sent back to Stage 2 of reopening to avoid overwhelming the healthcare system.
The province has also yet to release their full "Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19" plan, something Premier Ford said would soon be made available to the public last week.
by Mira Miller via blogTO