Local COVID-19 numbers steady as provincial cases rise

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 16, 2020

Ford acknowledged that most Ontario residents are following public health restrictions, it is a small "percentage" of people who are "getting lax with guidelines ... and it's coming back to bite us", he said.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a tweet that 78 per cent of the new cases were from three regions: 112 in Toronto, 71 in Peel and 60 in Ottawa.

Dr. Theresa Tam said in a statement Monday that an average of 618 new cases have been reported daily in the last seven days, particularly in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia - 20 per cent higher than the previous week. "The only question is how bad is it coming", Ford said during the press conference on Monday.

"We need to be all over this", Ford said while making an announcement in Guelph.

Is this the second wave?

"We're watching not just the numbers but the speed of ramp up and how widespread the cases are", Tam said in an interview with CBC Radio's The Current.

The crossing of the several-hundred caseload mark comes after the province reported 204 cases on Sunday and 232 cases Saturday, more than double the summer caseload which stayed below 100 cases for around two months. "I hope to God I am wrong".

"We did quite well with respect to wave one, but wave two is coming", she said.

Elliott said hospital surgeries will not be halted and will continue to meet a backlog said to be as high as 180,000 files in the province.

Apart from Toronto and Peel, Ottawa reported 51 new cases, Durham reported 7 cases, York Region reported 22 and Halton reported 6 new cases.

There are now 2,157 active cases of novel coronavirus infection in the province, up from 2,027 on Monday.

Ford said that the plan would be coming along shortly, which is good since case numbers are spiking and assessment centres are becoming so rammed with people that they're posting four-hour wait times.

Ventilators are used by patients with severe cases of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

Community spread is the source of 19 per cent of the cases and travel is connected with 13 per cent, including one recent death.

Ontario's centrally-reported hospitalization data indicates 47 people are being treated for COVID-19 symptoms, but a count of data from local public health units on Tuesday found that at least 75 people were being treated in provincial hospitals on Tuesday, down from at least 77 on Monday.

Globally, the pandemic has infected roughly 28.9 million people resulting in 922,252 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

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