Ontario reports 1,890 new COVID-19 cases today, 471 in Peel

 

TORONTO -- Ontario is reporting 1,890 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 28 new deaths due to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 517 cases are in Toronto, 471 in Peel Region and 187 in York Region.

The province says it has conducted 48,546 tests since the last daily report.

In total, 811 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 221 in intensive care.

The province also says 129 people are on ventilators in hospital.

The latest figures bring the total of COVID-19 cases in Ontario to 132,800, with 3,836 deaths, and 112,875 cases resolved.

Meanwhile, hospitals in Ontario's York Region said they had reached a "tipping point" in COVID-19 admissions.

A joint statement from the CEOs of Mackenzie Health, Markham Stouffville Hospital and Southlake Regional Health Centre highlighted a "significant increase" in admissions due to the novel coronavirus in recent weeks.

The group said they were concerned that the trend could impact access to other health care, like scheduled surgeries, and called on residents to wear masks in public and forgo gathering over the holidays in order to protect the community.

York Region is currently in the red level of the province's pandemic response framework - the strictest public health measures short of a lockdown. 

The Canadian Press

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