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Ontario reports 1,859 new COVID cases today, another record

Twenty people have died from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 3,757 since the pandemic began
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Public Health Ontario is reporting 1,859 new cases of COVID-19 today, which is a new daily record in the province, surpassing the previous mark of 1,855 set Nov. 27. 

The daily case count this week has been in the 1,700 to 1,800 range each day. 

Health Minister Christine Elliott says the highest number of cases today are coming out of Toronto with 504, followed by Peel Region with 463, and York Region with 198.

Twenty more people have died from the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 3,757. Approximately two-thirds of all deaths have been people living in long-term care facilities. 

According to the province, 1,624 people have also recovered from the virus since yesterday's report. 

There are 15,212 active cases in Ontario at the moment. 

Overall, there have now been 125,385 COVID cases in the province since the pandemic began earlier this year, with 106,416 of those people having recovered from the disease. 

The province has also completed more than 6.5 million tests in that time, including 59,399 in the past 24 hours. More than 63,000 tests are still under investigation, however. 

There are currently 709 people hospitalized with the virus, with 202 of those patients in intensive care, and 116 on ventilators. 

Meanwhile, on Friday, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit was reporting a total of 2,218 COVID cases in the region since the pandemic began, with 2,119 of those in Simcoe County. There are 1,900 cases listed as recovered in the region. Thirteen people were hospitalized, all of whom are Simcoe County residents. The health unit has confirmed 52 deaths since March.

In addition, two people at Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) in Midland — one patient and one staff member — tested positive for the virus on Friday. However, those numbers are not reflected in the latest health unit figures. The hometowns of the two people is unknown as the health unit does not update its numbers on weekends. An outbreak has since been declared in GBGH's 2 North inpatient unit. 

The incidence rate for Simcoe County is 401 cases per 100,000 people.

Case breakdown from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit by municipality for Simcoe County as of Dec. 3

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Incidence rate*
Barrie  681 559 15 9 Dec. 3 456
Bradford W-G  378 329 12 1 Dec. 3 880
New Tecumseth  366 328 12 1 Dec. 3 883
Innisfil 201 175 1 1 Dec. 3 493
Orillia 43 30 3   Dec. 3 129
Collingwood 32 26     Dec. 2 133
Wasaga Beach 39 32 1   Dec. 1 170
Clearview 38 34 1   Dec. 2 257
Springwater 44 38 1   Dec. 3 209
Midland 16 16     Nov. 19 89
Oro-Medonte 32 21 2   Dec. 2 137
Adjala-Tosorontio 41 37     Dec. 3 35.2
Essa 106 92 1   Dec. 2 443
Ramara 20 18     Dec. 3 193
Tiny 18 18     Nov. 23 137
Tay 28 24 1   Nov. 30 253
Penetanguishene 20 18 1   Dec. 2 206
Severn 16 13     Dec. 3 107
Georgian Bay 9 9     Nov. 24 319

*Incidence rate is number of cases per 100,000 people in the local population.

**Total cases includes the number of cases currently recovering at home as well as any that have recovered, died, or are in hospital




Raymond Bowe

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Raymond is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting from Simcoe County since 2000
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