COVID-19: Peel adds 88 new cases as province reports 615

 

On Monday (Oct. 5), Ontario is reporting an increase of 615 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five deaths.

"Locally, there are 289 new cases in Toronto, 88 in Peel and 81 in Ottawa," Health Minister Christine Elliott Tweeted Monday.

These three regions have been particularly hard hit in recent weeks.

Other regions seeing a slight uptick in the number of new cases include Halton, which is reporting 26 and York Region, which is reporting 47 new cases.

"Fifty-eight per cent of today's cases are in people under the age of 40. There are 541 more resolved cases," Elliott said in her tweet.

This brings the provincial total to 54,814 cases, 2,980 deaths, and 46,360 resolved cases.

Elliott said the province completed nearly 38,200 additional tests, which is around the average in recent days.

There are currently 176 people hospitalized across Ontario with the virus and 43 of those are being treated in Intensive care units (ICUs), with 26 people requiring a ventilator.

Also on Monday, Ontario is reporting 56 new school-related cases across the province, bringing the total number to 539.

Of the province's 4,828 publicly funded schools, three are closed at the moment.

Meanwhile, new public health restrictions went into effect on Sunday in three of Ontario’s COVID-19 hot spots.

The provincial government announced Friday that Ottawa, Toronto and Peel Region would face tighter regulations as they grapple with a surge of new cases.

Restaurants, bars, banquet halls and gyms in those areas will all face restrictions on their operations.

No more than 100 customers will be allowed in restaurants and no more than six people will be permitted at a table.

Restaurants will also be required to collect contact information from all patrons to bolster contact tracing efforts.

Group exercise classes at gyms will be capped at 10 people and the total number of people in fitness settings will be limited to 50.

At meeting and event facilities — such as banquet halls — there will be a cap of 50 people, with only six people allowed at each table.

Also as of Friday, face coverings became mandatory in all indoor public spaces across Ontario.

-- with a file and photo from The Canadian Press

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