Ontario reports 821 new coronavirus cases with only just over 24K tests processed

Ontario reported 821 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the provincial total to 65,896.

Tuesday’s case count is an increase from Monday’s which saw 704 cases, and from Saturday’s at 658. It is also the second highest case count ever recorded, with the highest on Oct. 9 with 939 cases.

According to Tuesday’s provincial report, 327 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 136 in Peel Region, 79 in Ottawa, 64 in York Region, 46 in Halton Region and 36 in Hamilton.

All other public health units in Ontario reported under 35 new cases.

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The death toll in the province has risen to 3,053 as three more deaths were reported.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said more than 24,000 tests were processed in the last 24 hours — the lowest number of tests completed in a single-day since early September. The government has said it hoped to increase testing capacity to 50,000 per day by mid-October.

Here is a breakdown of the total cases in Ontario by gender and age:

  • 31,585 people are male — an increase of 413 cases.
  • 33,871 people are female — an increase of 409 cases.
  • 6,410 people are 19 and under — an increase of 107 cases.
  • 23,690 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 312 cases.
  • 18,801 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 254 cases.
  • 10,067 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 97 cases.
  • 6,913 people are 80 and over — an increase of 49 cases.

The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

The province also notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by the local public health unit on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available.

Meanwhile, 56,606 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 86 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 628 from the previous day.

The newly reported numbers for Tuesday’s report are valid as of 2 p.m. Monday for Toronto, Ottawa and Middlesex-London public health units, and 4 p.m. Monday for the rest of the province.

More to come.

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