Ontario reports record-high 978 new COVID-19 cases, six new deaths

Ontario reports record-high 978 new COVID-19 cases, six new deaths

Ontario is reporting a new single-day high of 978 new cases of COVID-19 today, along with six new deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.

While Toronto recorded 348 cases and Peel reported 170, nearby Durham Region posted 51 new diagnoses in the past 24 hours while Halton Region saw 21.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says nearly 44,200 tests were completed.

The province identified 74 new school-related outbreaks, 49 new school-related student cases, five staff cases and 20 new cases from unidentified individuals.

The previous daily high was October 9 when 939 cases were reported in the province. By comparison Canada had 33 deaths on a record day that saw 2,787 new cases reported.

On Friday, Premier Doug Ford said he hopes to have an answer by Monday on whether these regions, where COVID-19 case counts have been steadily rising, will be moved back into Stage 2 as well.

The province now has a total of 59,242 recovered patients.

Ontario has completed more than 4.8 million tests for the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.

Public health officials say 294 patients are hospitalized with the virus; 82 are in intensive care and 53 are on ventilators.

Nearly 31,000 test specimens are still under investigation.