Ontario records 1396 new COVID-19 cases

Ontario records 1396 new COVID-19 cases

Ottawa logged 51 new COVID-19 cases and one more death Monday, while both the number of patients in hospital and the rate of tests coming back positive dropped - encouraging signs that could help the region avoid another lockdown.

To date, the province has confirmed 95,496 cases of COVID-19 and has reported 79,295 recoveries and 3,371 deaths.

However, as is often seen on weekends, provincial health officials also point out that a number of hospitals (approximately 40) did not submit data to the daily bed census for November 13, meaning the number of hospitalized patients may increase when bed reporting increases.

Of the 12,830 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID in Ontario now, 500 people are hospitalized, which is up from 479 yesterday.

"We anticipate the number of hospitalized patients may increase when reporting compliance increases", the report says.

"I do not believe there is a way the cases will change without action", Dr. Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, co-chair of Ontario's COVID-19 science table, said while releasing the modelling data on Thursday.

People wear face masks as they walk along a street in Montreal, Nov. 15, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 440 new cases in Toronto, 440 in Peel and 155 in York Region.

Provincial officials said that 40 additional cases in Toronto from Saturday were not included in the tally due to a technical error.

Seventy-four per cent of the cases are in the hot spots around the GTHA.

The premier's director of media relations clarified Monday that this message is not directed to all Ontarians - it's intended for those living in regions in the "red-control" level of the province's public health measures framework. Between April 7 and June 18, it recorded 260 cases of COVID-19 and saw 60 of its residents die from the virus.

The city has already implemented its own health measures on top of the mandated red zone rules, including banning of indoor dining and fitness classes.

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